Meetings and Education Committee Chair and FMI: Michelle Moody (Brunswick area meetings, 207-406-5221) or Nancy Jacobson (Bangor area meetings).

The Meetings and Education Committee provides evening events on a roughly monthly basis from October through May. These indoor events are typically a presentation on an outdoor adventure or a more educational presentation on topics such as Maine State Parks or winter weather on Mount Washington. Events are typically held in the Portland, Brunswick, and Bangor areas and sometimes have a potluck meal prior to the presentation. Please see below for a listing of common event locations and directions. Our events are open to all, members and non-members alike. Please scroll down to view the mext Meetings and Education activity or visit the calendar page to see all future M&E activities.

Chapter members and the public enjoy good times at a Meetings and Education program

Chapter members and the public enjoy good times at a Meetings and Education program

The goal of the Meetings and Education Committee is to support the mission of the Maine Chapter of the AMC through educational activities intended to provide members with learning opportunities. Committee activities typically include:

  1. Developing an annual schedule of periodic events to provide educational opportunities for AMC Maine members and the public;
  2. Coordinating events, speakers, venues, logistics, publicity, and other arrangements;
  3. Identifying and promoting educational resources for members through media including newsletters, mailings, and the chapter website;
  4. Supporting other AMC events involving meetings and educational events with resources and coordination;
  5. Assisting other AMC Maine Chapter Committees by serving as point of contact for member educational sources.

If you have a talk or program you’d like to present or if you would like to help the Meetings and Education Committee find other interesting programs, please email the Chair, Nancy Jacobson.

Next Meetings and Education event:

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)

Event Locations:

  • Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, 04011: From the north or south, take exit 28 off I-295 and go 2.5 miles toward Route 1. From the right lane at the stoplight, go straight onto Pleasant Street 0.5 miles to the library on the right. Parking is on Middle Street or in a public lot off Union Street.
  • Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport, 04032: From the north or south, take exit 22 off I-295 and turn on Mallet Drive toward Freeport. In 0.4 miles at the stoplight with Main Street (McDonald’s Restaurant is on the right corner), turn left (north) onto Main Street/U.S. Route 1. In 0.1 mile just before the Freeport Baptist Church on the left turn left (uphill) on Library Drive. The library is at the end of the drive with parking on the right.
  • Gilsland Farm (Maine Audubon), 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 04105: From the south, take exit 9 off I-295 and follow Route 1 north 1.9 miles. Turn left onto Gilsland Farm Rd and drive to the end. From the north, take exit 10 Bucknam Rd off I-295, then left toward Route 1 south. Turn right (south) and follow Route 1 for 1.4 miles. Turn right onto Gilsland Farm Rd and drive to the end.
  • Fields Pond Nature Center (Maine Audubon), 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, 04429: From the north or south, at Exit 5 from I-395 near Bangor, go right on Parkway South for 0.3 mile. Go right on Dirigo Drive 0.5 mile. Go right on Green Point Road 0.8 mile. Go left on Wiswell Road 1.5 miles. At Fields Pond Road, go right 1 mile. Audubon Center is on the left.