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Toast the Outdoors with Maine Beer Company

Date: Thursday, December 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Raise a glass for the wild places you love. Throughout December, Maine Beer Company is placing its delicious beers on tap in pubs throughout AMC regions to support the mission of the AMC. It's simple, when you drink one of their beers at an AMC event a portion of your tab gets donated to AMC. Join us at the Maine Beer Company flagship in Freeport on Thursday, December 14 from 6pm - 9pm. They will have their signature goods on tap which will (hopefully!) include Woods & Waters, Peeper, Another One, Lunch, and Zoe. Maine Beer Company is located at 525 US-1, Freeport, ME and online at: https://www.mainebeercompany.com/ Each month, Maine Beer Company partners with a 1% for the Planet non-profit. Maine Beer Company writes, "We selected Appalachian Mountain Club as one of our 1% For the Planet environmental non-profits because we saw a like-minded focus in to protecting the environment and encouraging people to get outdoors. The Appalachian Trail passes through many of the states where Maine Beer Company beers are distributed, and we recognized an opportunity of engaging more people and drawing attention to the work of the AMC through our beer community both at home and in other states. Locally, the Maine Woods Initiative supported by the AMC ties in with Maine Beer Company's advocacy for the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. In a state whose economy is increasingly defined by tourism we recognize the importance of supporting land conservation, nature-based tourism, and community partnerships, all of which are central to the AMC."

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Maine Beer Company, Freeport, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Kaitlyn Bernard

Hiking in and around Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

Date: Thursday, January 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Greg's first visit to KW&W was more than fifteen years ago. He's paddled the East Branch and the Seboies River. Since 2013, he's mapped more than 500 hikes in Maine including numerous hikes in KW&W. He has also backpacked from one end of Baxter State Park to the other and has hiked more than 200 of the 215 miles of trails in the park. In his slideshow, he'll be discussing hiking and paddling routes in and around Katahdin Woods and Waters. He'll have suggestions for where to go for a family outing, where to get lost for a week, where to find wildlife, and where to see spectacular scenery. Greg's passion for nature began when he was a young child and carried him through travels and adventures while he grew up. Twenty years ago Greg and his wife settled in Maine to continue this journey. They hike, camp, canoe, ski, and generally love their wild home. The author of five Falcon guides about hiking in Maine, Greg has also published more than fifty articles. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches writing at Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College. He'll bring copies of his five hiking guides for sale and discuss his latest book projects. Greg lives in Glenburn with his family and too many pets.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Paddling
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Potluck and Presentation: Connecting rivers, people and fish - by bike

Date: Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us for this unique presentation on fish passage and biking in Europe. Alicia Heyburn, of Brunswick, spent five weeks last summer on a solo bicycle tour from the source of the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps, to the outlet at the North Sea near Amsterdam. Traveling on an exceptional network of bike paths, she experienced the various characters of the river along its 1300 km course - wild, tamed, power-producing, awe-inspiring, industrial and bucolic; and met with people who are working to improve river conditions for migratory fish, such as salmon.  In her presentation you will learn about Europe's extensive international network of bike trails, free cultural exchange and accommodation services, the stages and benefits of re-wnaturalizing a river, and how to travel alone without being lonely or turn an interest into an expedition. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup. Free and open to the public.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library
FMI: The Nature Conservancy - Alicia

Tales of Adventure on a Winter Evening

Date: Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a melange of the tales of adventure provided by explorers in our area. Everyone who stepped up to the plate has 10 minutes to tell of their memorable adventure and 5 minutes for Q&A while we sip hot cocoa with marshmallows. Our stories include walking on the Camino Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Icelandic forestry in the face of a changing climate, an epic thru hike of the AT, canoe camping while building AMC campsites, a solo journey across country by bicycle, the first solo woman paddler to complete the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and a ski trip to the AMC lodges. Join us on a whirlwind adventure.

Bicycling - TouringActivity Categories: Bicycling - Touring, Camping, Conservation, Cultural, Hiking, Meetings, Paddling, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

AMC Potluck and Presentation: Appalachian Odyssey - A 28-year hike on America's trail

Date: Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

When two new hiking companions went on a day hike of Katahdin in 1985, they had no idea they were starting a 28-year, 2,100-mile adventure. Author, speaker, photographer and avid hiker Jeff Ryan's book it, Appalachian Odyssey, has delighted readers who enjoy reliving the adventure through a refreshing blend of history, photography and humor. Born and raised in Maine, Jeff grew up in a family that relished time outdoors and he has certainly carried on that tradition. He has hiked 9,000 miles in the U.S. and is still going strong. In the past year and a half he has traveled the U.S. in a 1985 VW camper, sharing the story of Appalachian Odyssey in hundreds of venues nationwide. His presentations combine terrific storytelling and 30 years' worth of trail AT photos to create a memorable evening. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Free and open to the public.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Jeffrey Ryan
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

Potluck and Presentation: Atlantic Canada

Date: Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Our Closest Neighbor and its Exceptional Natural Beauty Priscilla Anson is a world traveler whose most recent journey took her through the four provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Boondocking most nights with no planned itinerary, Priscilla experienced through hiking and wanderlust-filled days the expansiveness, natural beauty, and cultural warmth of this unique region. Join us as she she shares photos, narrative, and anecdotes that will bring to life this beautiful region, with a focus on Newfoundland. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change: Carbon Fee and Dividend has received accolades and commitments from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and from leading scientists and economists who tout it as the best method to combat climate change. The cities of Bangor and Portland have endorsed CF&D. Come learn about it from Peter Garrett, the Maine Chair of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, as well as members of the Bangor Chapter, which is one of 456 chapters of this national grassroots organization

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Monitoring Maine's Great Blue Herons Across State and International Borders

Date: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In Spring 2016, five Great Blue Herons in Maine were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the herons migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti! Hear about herons and the project from Danielle D'Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers over the past nine years. In 2016 she incorporated students from eight schools in the tagging effort and hopes to get students of all ages across the state following Maine's Great Blue Herons online to learn about the birds' habits and the wetlands they depend on. She will present the results from the heron movement data collection, and how it ties in with what we have learned thus far about the natural history and current status of Maine's Great Blue Heron population. Danielle D'Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine's coast.

Activity Categories: Birdwatching, Conservation, Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Trekking on the Long Trail

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Vermont's Long Trail is America's oldest long distance trail. The 273-mile footpath was built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. It begins on the Massachusetts-Vermont border and travels north to the Canadian border, along the way summiting the Green Mountains' highest peaks: Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mt Abraham, Camel's Hump, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak, and many other smaller mountains. For the first 100-miles, the Long Trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail. Anne O'Regan, a popular presenter for AMC, will share stories and slides from this magnificent and challenging trail. She thru-hiked it twice, once in 2012 (south to north) and again in 2013 (north to south). Anne previously spoke at the AMC - Bangor Chapter about her Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. Her book, Tamed. A City Girl Walks from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, will be available the evening of her talk and is also available on her website: anneoregan.com

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The creation of Flagstaff Lake wrote a sad chapter in our history. The three villages of Bigelow, Dead River and Flagstaff were inundated and their residents forced to relocate and scatter. Buildings, most of them purchased by CMP prior to the gates in the dam being closed, were either razed, sold, or moved by their owners. Some buildings were left to be flooded. Long Falls Dam was constructed in 1948 and 1949 and impounds an area of approximately 22,000 acres. Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing, lifelong Mainers have had a shared passion for the story. They will share the photos and storied from their book, Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake.

Activity Categories: Critical Treasure
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Date: Thursday, January 1

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