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Talk – Making Sausages: Creating “Our Maine,” a book exploring Maine’s rich natural heritage

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free

"Our Maine" book cover

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine, Orono.


  • Aram JK Calhoun, Emeritus Professor of Wetland Ecology and Conservation, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine
  • Malcolm “Mac” Hunter, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine
  • Kent H. Redford, Principal, Archipelago Consulting, Portland, Maine

Join us for a behind the scenes look at the process of herding academics and practitioners to produce a book for all Mainers: those who live here and those for whom Maine lives in their hearts. Our Maine: Exploring Maine’s rich natural heritage, was created by thirty scientists, photographers, and painters, many of them faculty and alums of the University of Maine. 

”It is an unusual combination, beautiful enough to sit on a coffee table but informative and rigorous enough to be an academic resource.”

Aram JK Calhoun is an emeritus professor of wetland ecology and conservation in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine where her research focuses on conserving wetland ecosystems with a focus on vernal pools. She is particularly interested in conservation of natural resources on private lands using collaborative approaches that are locally designed and implemented. Dr. Calhoun works at all levels of government on wetland policy and conservation issues. She lives in rural Maine with her husband Mac and together they explore Maine from sea kayaks, white water canoes, hiking boots, skis, snowshoes, and scuba gear. Having traveled the world extensively, Aram still counts Maine as among the most beautiful places on earth.

Malcolm “Mac” Hunter is an emeritus professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine where his work has covered a wide range of organisms and ecosystems, especially forest birds and amphibians, and included seven books, mainly on conservation biology and managing forests for biodiversity. He has worked in over thirty countries and been active with many conservation organizations, most notably serving as President of the Society for Conservation Biology. He earned his B.S. in Wildlife Science at UMaine then went to Oxford University where he received his Ph.D. in Zoology. Many natives like Mac think of Maine as the universe; for him it is only the center of the universe.

Kent H. Redford is Principal at Archipelago Consulting established in 2012 and based in Portland, Maine, USA. Archipelago Consulting was designed to help individuals and organizations improve their practice of conservation. Prior to Archipelago Consulting, Kent spent 10 years on the faculty of University of Florida and 19 years in conservation NGOs with five years as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Parks in Peril program and 14 years as Vice President for Conservation Science and Strategy at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He has spent nine years working at the intersection of conservation and synthetic biology. In June 2021 Yale University Press published Kent’s book with W.M. Adams: Strange Natures. Conservation in the era of synthetic biology. He has written extensively on the practice of conservation, protected areas, sustainability of tropical resource use and mammalian ecology. Maine remains amongst his favorite places and he and his wife, Pamela, are enjoying exploring the state.



February 5
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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