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Winter Dreamers Workshop Series in Bridgton

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When: Wednesdays in February from 3:00-4:30 PM (February 6, 13, and 20, 2019)

Where: Maine Lake Science Center - 51 Willett Road, Bridgton

Cost: $30 dropin/$25 LEA members, or $80 for the series ($65 LEA members).

This is a three-part series offered by the Lakes Environmental Association. For Part 1 in the series (February 6), I'll be presenting my popular Landscaping for Wildlife talk on how to cultivate wildlife habitat in your garden, backyard, and beyond. Topics include the nuts and bolts of building backyard bird habitat, pollinator habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and how to build native plant communities that promote biodiversity. This will be a great foundation for Parts 2 and 3 presented by Lucia Terry of Perennial Point of View.

Part 2: Native Plants for YOUR Landscape. Lucia will profile some particularly useful native plants for your problem areas, and preview the coming season's plant list.

Part 3: Planning your Planting Project! With Lucia’s guidance you will create a plan to bring your new planting to life, complete with plant list and steps for your project. No dream too small or large. 


Carnivores & Your Farm - What Works & Why Biodiversity Matters

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When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:00 AM

Where: The State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Hancock Room - Augusta Civic Center

Come participate in this wildly refreshing presentation and group discussion, led by a diverse panel of experts. You will walk away with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully raise livestock and other farm products in coexistence with wild carnivores. We’ll also be addressing what biodiversity really means, why you need it, and how you can promote it to benefit your whole farm ecosystem.

Join Andy Shultz and Morten Moesswilde, of the Maine Forest Service, Abby Sadauckas of Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham, Deb Perkins Ecologist of First Light Wildlife Habitats, and Geri Vistein Carnivore Conservation Biologist as they share their knowledge and experience on this important topic.


LANDSCAPING FOR WILDLIFE - AT THE MAINE FLOWER SHOW

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When: Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:30PM

Where: Maine Flower Show, 8 Thompson’s Point Road in Portland, ME

Join Deb at the Maine Flower Show to learn ways to cultivate wildlife habitat in your garden, backyard, and beyond. Topics covered include: 

  • Pollinator habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

  • Backyard bird habitat

  • Building native plant communities that support an array of species and promote biodiversity

For more information about the Maine Flower Show, please visit: https://maineflowershow.com

Past Events

Wild Bees: Super-pollinators! at the common ground fair

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Photo by: Doug Gimler

When: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Where: Common Ground Fair, in the Litchfield Tent, 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity, Maine

Join Deb at the Common Ground Fair and learn about the fascinating native bees we have in Maine - their ecology, their behavior, and how we can all help declining wild bees in our gardens and beyond. 

For more information about the Common Ground Fair, please visit: http://www.mofga.org/The-Fair.


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Photo by: Molly Williams

Landscaping for Wildlife

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM 

Where: Groundcover, 209 Main St, Bridgton, Maine 

Join us at this beautiful botanical-themed shop for Deb's engaging and informative slide show. You will learn ways to improve habitat quality for a diversity of wildlife from pollinators to birds, and beyond. Deb will discuss how to build native plant communities that support an array of species and promote biodiversity. Walk away inspired, and ready to do some fall planting!


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Places for Pollinators: How to Create Habitat for Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds

When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, Maine

Come learn how to create habitat for butterflies, native bees, and hummingbirds in your yard, garden, field and farm habitats. This workshop will cover the basics of pollinator observation, identification, and ecology; pollinator habitat needs and environmental stressors; and how you can create a high value habitat in your own dooryard, farm, field, or forestland. This workshop will have a special emphasis on fostering habitat for our native bee populations, as well as a visit to the outdoor classroom of the Gardens to see butterflies and bees in the landscape.

This is a paid workshop and requires registering ahead of time, please visit www.mainegardens.org to register and buy tickets.


Wild Bees: Super-pollinators!

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Photo by: Sheila Wakefield

When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Where: Gray Blueberry Festival, 24 Main St, Gray, Maine

Join us at the Gray Blueberry Festival to learn about the fascinating native bees we have in Maine - their ecology, their behavior, and how we can all help declining wild bees in our gardens and beyond. 


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The Black Ghost - Understanding the Maine Black Bear.

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Where: Maine Lake Science Center, 51 Willett Rd, Bridgton, Maine

Come learn more about bear behavior, biology, and challenges to bear conservation and management. Deb will present a slide show of her experiences studying Maine black bears, and briefly talk about her work on black bears in New Mexico and Tennessee, and grizzlies in Yellowstone and Alaska.


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Wild Bees: Super-pollinators!

When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Where: Bath United Church of Christ, 798 Washington St, Bath, Maine

Come learn about the fascinating native bees we have in Maine - their ecology, their behavior, and how we can all help declining wild bees in our gardens and beyond. This event is hosted by the Sagadahoc County chapter of MOFGA.

 


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Landscaping for Wild Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds at Skillins Greenhouses.

Learn about the fascinating behavior and ecology of our native pollinators and how you can create a high-value habitat in your own garden, yard, and beyond! Deb Perkins will provide information on how to observe and identify our pollinators, explain the environmental challenges they face, and provide details on simple actions you can take to boost biodiversity and beautify your landscape.

3 different class times are being offered at their Falmouth, Cumberland, and Brunswick locations in June.

Falmouth location

Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Skillins Greenhouse, 89 foreside Rd, Falmouth, Maine

Cumberland location -

Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

Skillins Greenhouse, 201 New Gray Rd, Cumberland, Maine

Brunswick location - 

Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Skillins Greenhouse, 422 Bath Rd, Brunswick, Maine


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The Black Ghost - Understanding the Maine Black Bear.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Where: Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Mather Auditorium, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells Maine

Come learn more about bear behavior, biology, and challenges to bear conservation and management. Deb will present a slide show of her experiences studying Maine black bears, and briefly talk about her work on black bears in New Mexico and Tennessee, and grizzlies in Yellowstone and Alaska.


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Wildlife Habitat and Wildflower Walk

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM 

Where: Haines Property, 384 Butler Hill Road, Auburn, Maine

Join us for a walk led by wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins and landowner and birder David Haines. We will be taking a slow and thoughtful walk through a select portion of the 260-acre Haines property while Deb points out different types of wildlife habitat and high-value plants and trees – including May’s magical wildflowers! David, a skilled birder, will also point out birds and birdsongs of interest along the way. Co-sponsored with the Wild Seed Project.

Program Fee: $5/person


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Places for Pollinators: how to create habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Where: Groundcover, 209 Main St, Bridgton, Maine

Learn about the observation, identification and ecology of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Deb will explain their habitat needs, environmental stressors, and how you can create a high value habitat on your property.  


Photo: Mary Pennington

Photo: Mary Pennington

Places for Pollinators: how to create habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds  

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 5:00pm

Where: Portland Pollinator Partnership, 409 Cumberland Ave, Portland, Maine

Learn about the observation, identification, and ecology of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Deb will explain their habitat needs, environmental stressors, and how you can create a high-value habitat on your property.  

 


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Landscaping for Wildlife at Skillins Greenhouses: how to cultivate wildlife habitat in your garden, backyard, and beyond
 

Join us to learn ways to improve habitat quality for a diversity of wildlife. Topics covered include: 

  • Pollinator habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

  • Backyard bird habitat

  • Building native plant communities that support an array of species and promote biodiversity 

 

3 different class times are being offered at their Falmouth, Cumberland, and Brunswick locations in March.

Falmouth location

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Skillins Greenhouse, 89 foreside Rd, Falmouth, Maine

Cumberland location -

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

Skillins Greenhouse, 201 New Gray Rd, Cumberland, Maine

Brunswick location - 

Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Skillins Greenhouse, 422 Bath Rd, Brunswick, Maine


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Places for Pollinators: how to create habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

Where: Maine Flower Show, 8 Thompson's Point Road - Brick South, Portland, Maine

 

Learn about the observation, identification, and ecology of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Deb will explain their habitat needs, environmental stressors, and how you can create a high-value habitat on your property.  


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Landscaping for Wildlife: how to cultivate wildlife habitat in your garden, backyard, and beyond
 

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM   

Where: Denmark Public Library, 121 East Main St, Denmark, Maine

Join us to learn ways to improve habitat quality for a diversity of wildlife. Topics covered include: 

  • Pollinator habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

  • Backyard bird habitat

  • Building native plant communities that support an array of species and promote biodiversity


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Nurturing Carnivore Co-Existence and Biodiversity on Your Farm

When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

Where: Augusta Civic Center

Farming successfully with carnivores is not just about using good animal husbandry practices. It is also about understanding the ecology of the carnivores on your farm, and managing the habitats that enable them and their prey to live stable lives. The result is a healthy, biodiverse landscape on your farm. Come join us as a collaboration of forester, ecologist, farmer and carnivore biologist share how this all works together.

 


The Black Ghost - Understanding the Maine Black Bear.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Where: Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth, Maine  

Come learn more about bear behavior, biology, and challenges to bear conservation and management. Deb will present a slide show of her experiences studying Maine black bears, and briefly talk about her work on black bears in New Mexico and Tennessee, and grizzlies in Yellowstone and Alaska.


Forest Walk, led by Deb Perkins and Jeff Meserve, at Tear Cap Workshops Open House

Where: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Where: Tear Cap Workshops, 22 Hampshire St., Hiram, Maine 

Deb, a consulting wildlife ecologist, will co-lead two interpretive walks through the forest with Jeff Meserve, consulting forester.  Walks will be from 2:00-3:00 pm and again from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Join Tear Cap Workshops from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM for an afternoon of fun to celebrate their purchase of the former Hammond Sawmill with music, food, woodworking and more.
www.tearcapworkshops.org


PLACES FOR POLLINATORS - A HANDS ON WORKSHOP TO LEARN ABOUT POLLINATORS AND HOW TO CREATE AND IMPROVE HABITATS FOR THEM AT HOME.
 

When: Saturday, July 15,2017 at 9:00 AM

Where: 303 S River Rd, Greene, Maine  

Come learn about the observation, identification, and ecology of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Deb will explain their habitat needs, environmental stressors, and how you can create a high value-habitat on your property.


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