Upcoming Nature – August 2019

Upcoming Nature Walks at the Orono Bog Boardwalk

All walks will begin at the start of the Orono Bog Boardwalk.  Meet at the cabin.  To register for one or more of these walk please e-mail james.bird@maine.edu.  Please put “Boardwalk Walk” on the subject line and provide a telephone number in case of a weather cancellation.

Hydrology of Bogs and Fens – Where does the water go?  Saturday, August 10, 9am.  Andy Reeve, Professor, School of Earth and Climate Sciences, UM

Water is continuously percolating beneath the Boardwalk.  This slow and steady movement of water influences the development of peatlands (bogs and fens) and affects the living ecosystem.  We will discuss how groundwater movement is evaluated, the reasons for peat accumulation, and recent hydrology research at Orono Bog related to the linkage between peatlands and greenhouse gases.

Bat Walk.  Wednesday, August 21, 7:30pm (rain date August 22). Erik Blomberg, Associate Professor, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, UM

Maine is home to 8 different species of bats, many of which are of high conservation concern because of huge population declines related to White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that has decimated populations of cave-hibernating bats throughout the U.S.  During this bat walk in the Bangor City Forest, we will use specialized recoding equipment (bat detectors) that detect and record the bat’s echolocation calls and identify which species are present.

Tick and Mosquito Walk.  Saturday, August 31, 9am.  Allie Gardner, Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vector Biology, School of Biology and Ecology, UM

This walk will cover mosquitoes and ticks that transmit infectious diseases to humans, companion animals, and wildlife in Maine — as well as some beneficial mosquito species.  We also will discuss ongoing vector-borne disease research being conducted in Maine and look for mosquitoes in the bog.