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Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Pollinators are essential to our environment. They are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. More than two-thirds of the world’s crop species are dependent on pollination. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems, since their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits that feed everything from songbirds to black bears.

Conservation of pollinating insects is critically important.  In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released a report calling attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. The Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course was developed to address this need.

The course will include both classroom and field training components, and is approved for two pesticide applicator recertification credits.  University of Maine’s Dr. Frank Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management, will be a guest speaker for the day.

When:  May 15, 2012  9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT

Where:  Unity, Maine

Fee:  $45/person, $35/person for NRCS personnel. Some scholarships are available.

Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes the Xerces’ publication, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

Further information, including event registration, is available online.



Master Gardening Volunteer Training March 2012!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

An eight-week course for those interested in becoming certified UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be offered in March 2012. UMaine Extension Educator Tori Jackson will collaborate with experts from around the state to present sustainable fruit and vegetable horticulture, basics of garden design and volunteer training. The deadline to request an application is December 21, 2011 and completed applications must be received by January 20, 2012.

Sessions will be held March 20 through May 10, 2012, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the UMaine Extension Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties office located at 24 Main Street in Lisbon Falls. The course fee is on a sliding scale from $110-$330 and a limited number of scholarships are available. Enrollment will be capped at 20. For more information or to request an application, contact Dana Rickman at (207) 353-5550, 1-800-287-1458 (toll free in Maine) or by email. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.

4-H Volunteer Forum: Robotics!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Are you a 4-H Volunteer interested in learning more about robotics?  UMaine Extension is offering a forum dedicated to training and networking with other volunteers.  Please join us!

What: Hands On RoboLab Software Training with Tom Barrowman, LEGO® Education.  Laptops, with installed software, are required for this training.  If you need access to the RoboLab software, please contact Sarah Sparks or call 207-353-5550 x15.  Please bring a copy of the 4-H Robotics Curriculum if you have one.  Additional activities are planned following the morning training.

When: Monday, October 17, 2011  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  RoboLab training is scheduled 9:30-noon.  The afternoon session begins at noon with bring-your-own lunch, and includes

  • Networking with other 4-H Robotics Volunteers
  • Summary of Robotics Opportunities in Maine
  • Knowing and Using 4-H Curriculum
  • Creating Age-Appropriate Activities

Where: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth ME.  Click here for directions.

Cost: Free

Pre-registration is required: Please contact Lisa Waters or call 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (toll-free in Maine). TDD 1-800-287-8957.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Sarah Sparks at 1-800-287-1458 to discuss their needs at least 10 days in advance.







Extension Offering Canning Jellies, Jams, Pickling Workshops

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

preserving strawberriesThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension Androscoggin and Sagadahoc county office at 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls, is offering three-hour “Preserving the Harvest” workshops on June 29 and July 13.

Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to insure safety, and how to check for properly sealed jars. The cost is $10 per person per workshop, and participants are asked to bring a potholder.

The June 29 workshop, from 1-4 p.m., is on low-sugar jellies and jams, while the July 13 workshop, from 1-4 p.m., focuses on pickling.

Contact Lois Elwell at 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine), or e-mail to register for the workshop.

Other food preservation workshops are also available.