Belfast Garden Club Winter into Spring Lineup!

Belfast Garden Club has a fascinating and fantastic Winter into Spring 2014 lineup of speakers for both the Tuesday monthly meetings and the evening series at Belfast Free Library. All events are free and open to the public. Check it out!     Update from Augusta- Environmental Legislation with Judy Berk January 21, 2pm. (Please […]

Belfast Garden Club has a fascinating and fantastic Winter into Spring 2014 lineup of speakers for both the Tuesday monthly meetings and the evening series at Belfast Free Library. All events are free and open to the public. Check it out!
 

 

Judy BerkUpdate from Augusta- Environmental Legislation with Judy Berk January 21, 2pm. (Please come at 1:45pm to join the Club for refreshments from the hospitality committee!) Talk is presented the vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court Street, Belfast and is free and open to the public. Judy Berk, Communications Director of the National Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), will give us an update on Maine environmental laws, including proposed legislation for the upcoming legislative sessions in Augusta.

The NRCM is Maine’s environmental leader, a non-profit, Maine-based organization working to protect our environment on many fronts, mostly at the state level. But because federal policies can have serious impact here, NRCM also works with Maine’s Congressional delegation on issues affecting our state.

Judy has been with NRCM since 1991. Her past careers include environmental writer, co-founder of Maine’s Energy Extension Service, and Executive Director of the Maine Solar Energy Association. She is an avid organic gardener, and her Northport garden has been on display in the Garden Club’s Open Garden Days.

Puffin ProjectProject Puffin, History and Success February 11, 6:30pm at the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library                                               As part of BGC’s 2014 Evening Programs Series: Wildlife Conservation in Maine at the Belfast Free Library. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library. Talk begins at 6:30 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library: 106 High St, Belfast, ME. Program is free and open to the public. The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. For 300 years, Atlantic puffins and other Maine seabirds suffered from intense hunting for their eggs, meat and feathers, until Maine’s first bird protection law was passed in 1901. By that time, their numbers had been severely depleted, and they had disappeared from most of their traditional nesting sites.

Susan Schubel (Seabird Sue), Outreach Educator for Project Puffin, biologist and artist, will describe the activities and techniques used in the restoration projects. Sue has introduced more than 10,000 students to Maine’s rich ecology and Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Project through many activities of her own design.

BonsaiBonsai in a Nutshell February 18, 2pm. (Please come at 1:45pm to join the Club for refreshments from the hospitality committee!) Talk is presented the vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court Street, Belfast and is free and open to the public. From the artist’s statement: “ As I grew up in Maine on the rocky coast, and traveling in the deep woodland forests, I witnessed how nature had created some of the most mature wild trees, weather-beaten and naturally beautiful. Truly works of art, sculpted by nature’s hands. In bonsai, one strives to mimic the maturity and beauty nature has created in the landscape. It takes constant daily care, time and patience, to develop bonsai to be happy and healthy as they live their lives confined to a container. Season to season, proper watering, feeding and sunlight are essential for healthy development. As bonsai change and grow, so do we.”

Aaron Bowden is an artist, potter and bonsai educator. He began studying the art of bonsai in 1988, and since then, he has studied and taught bonsai art in Maine, Florida and the Midwest. His bonsai and pottery can be seen at his Koboku Bonsai Studio in Bucksport. He offers workshops, lectures and demonstration in the art of bonsai.

 

Coyote, America’s Songdog March 11, 6:30pm at the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library

As part of BGC’s 2014 Evening Programs Series: Wildlife Conservation in Maine at the Belfast Free Library. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library. Talk begins at 6:30 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library: 106 High St, Belfast, ME. Program is free and open to the public.

Coyote has a long history on theCoyote North American continent: coyote’s relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote’s complex relationship with Maine’s ecosystems; and coyote’s relationship with us. Despite the fact that scientists have learned so much about carnivores and their immense value in the workings of the earth, human attitudes, behavior and laws in our society toward carnivores have not changed very much in the past 500 years. This presentation will express Nature’s design in the powerful relationship between the predator and their prey, and will explain why this relationship is vital to the health and diversity of our Maine landscape.

Geri Vistein is a Conservation Biologist whose work focuses on carnivores and our relationship with them. She has participated in many research projects in the West, including the Grizzly Bear DNA study in Glacier National Park. She works with Land Trusts and other research biologists, and has created the educational network “Coyote Lives in Maine”.

The Troy Howard Middle School Project with Jon Thurston March 18, 2pm. (Please come at 1:45pm to join the Club for refreshments from the hospitality committee!) Talk is presented the vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court Street, Belfast and is free and open to the public.

From THMS:  Our mission is to create Brilliant Blooms at Troy Howard Middle School Gardena district-wide agricultural project that promotes healthy living. At the Troy Howard Middle School we strive to integrate the school and its land with the community. Our goal is to engage all students in a journey of discovery through gardening projects that achieve learning in Maine science, math, technology and social studies, produce nutritious food and pioneer action-research for sustainability. At the heart of the gardening program are the young people excited by making a real difference in their school and community.

Jon Thurston is the Agriculture Coordinator for RSU20, with an extensive background in numerous agricultural areas.   Since 1974, he has spent 2 years with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, working in fisheries extension; 7 years with the USDA in California in aquatic weed control research; hydroponic greenhouse work in Searsmont; and 19 years teaching biology, earth science and horticulture at Medomak Valley High School, where he co-founded the MVHS Heirloom Seed Project. At THMS, he directs the operation and the students in the 22,000 square foot gardens and the greenhouses. Jon is active with other related community organizations and agencies, and generously opens the THMS gardens for our Open Garden Days.

Container GardeningSuccessful Container Gardening with Liz Stanley April 8, 2pm. (Please come at 1:45pm to join the Club for refreshments from the hospitality committee!) Talk is presented the vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court Street, Belfast and is free and open to the public.

In a world of limited time and space, containers make a lot of sense. They can put beauty and interest in places where a garden can’t be planted, such as porches, patios, under large trees, or on areas of poor soil. Containers can change the entire look of a landscape; well-planted containers can provide for easy seasonal changes or bold statements, and they can be moved around to create different effects. Individual plants can take on an entirely new look when planted in combination with plants of contrasting colors and textures. With appropriate containers and proper handling, anything that can be grown in the ground can be grown in a container!

Liz Stanley coordinates adult and youth gardening programs for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties. Her main focus is administering the Master Gardener Volunteer program training. 225 active volunteers work in school and community gardens, grow food for the needy, participate in civic beautification, and give time to other environmental projects. During the growing season, Liz helps clients with their plant pest and disease questions (in 2012, more than 500 in Knox-Lincoln).  In her spare time, she lives in Warren with her family on Crawford Lake, growing vegetables, trees, flowers and a large teenager.

 

Avian Haven Eagle Avian Haven, Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center April 22, 6:30pm at the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library

As part of BGC’s 2014 Evening Programs Series: Wildlife Conservation in Maine at the Belfast Free Library. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library. Talk begins at 6:30 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library: 106 High St, Belfast, ME. Program is free and open to the public.

Avian Haven is one of the largest wild bird rehabilitation practices in New England, having treated more than 12,000 birds since 1999. 2012 was a record year: 1,571 birds from 124 species, from hummingbirds to bald eagles. The facility provides comprehensive medical care in a modern, well-equipped clinic, and rehabilitation in an environment designed to simulate natural conditions in specially-designed buildings, including a new “Pool Hall” for aquatic  birds. They provide research and education to other wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife professionals on a local, state and national level, and opportunities for enhanced awareness and education to the general public and educational institutions.

Executive Director Diane Winn has been an avian rehabilitator since 1997. She and Marc Payne incorporated Avian Haven as a nonprofit organization in 1999. She has given numerous conference presentations and has published several articles on various aspects of rehabilitation. Earlier in her career, Diane was a Professor of Psychology at Colby College.

 

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