Restoration Ecology in Maine - Endangered Nature
Restoration Ecology: An In-Depth Study of three Restoration Projects in Maine, the American Bald Eagle, the Penobscot River, and the American Chestnut
This ecology course will explore the history of three very different restoration efforts in Maine: the Bald Eagle, the Penobscot River, and the American Chestnut.
We will look at the factors leading to the need for restoration, the actions taken, who was involved, and finally, their success. If conditions permit, Mr. Owens will offer an optional field trip after the course ends, highlighting all three projects.
American Beaver: Effects on landscapes and North American History.
This will be a power point lecture, which will show how the beaver is adapted to an aquatic environment.
Avian Architecture and Camouflage: Birds Nests and Eggs.
This lecture will show progression of nest building and adaptation of methods, materials, and locations for selected species that nest in Maine will be discussed.
Instructor - Ray (Bucky) Owen
Bucky Owen will be presenting the first four weeks of the course. Bucky was a faculty member in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine, Orono campus, for 30+ years. He was also Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife under two Maine Governors.
Bucky has served on the boards of many conservation organizations National Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and FSM, among others. Bucky was also highly involved in four ecological restoration projects over fifty years.
Instructor: Jerry R. Longcore
Jerry Longcore will be presenting on April 21 and 28. Jerry is a Wildlife Biologist (Research) with the U.S. Fish and the U.S. Wildlife Service and Geological Survey (USGS) for 38 years, and is now retired. He was Leader of the Maine Field Office, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD from 1976 to 2004. Jerry's primary work was on migratory birds and their habitat requirements, effects of contaminants (acid rain, lead, mercury), and distribution of the fungus that kills amphibians.