Short Course on the Ecology of Place 2017

Priscilla Seimer leads a wildflower walk (Curt Chipman photo)

As of June 2, one spot is available. Click here to register.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on the Ecology of Place to provide an in-depth learning opportunity for adults. Maine Master Naturalist Priscilla Seimer will take participants through an exploration of what to look for when studying the natural history of a site. The course will address how the geologic history, soils, hydrology, flora, fauna and human history of a site interact. Participants will participate in hands on data collection by testing water and looking at soil samples.

This course is an amazing opportunity to learn about the world around us, and just might make you look at everywhere you go differently.

The registration fee for this course is $30 per person. Space is limited. Participants will have to walk over uneven ground during the two field trips.

Scholarships area available if the registration fee is a barrier to participating. To request a scholarship, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Session One: Introduction to Ecology

Thurs., June 8, 4-5:30 p.m.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd

  • What is “ecology”, and what is “phenology”?
  • Overview of the process of studying each site, looking at geological history, soil profile, hydrology, flora, fauna, human history and relationships.
  • Demonstrate process we’ll be using at each site, weather permitting.
  • Discussion of choosing optional personal site to study and suggestions on how to approach and document.

Ed Robinson photo

Session Two: Field Trip to Giant’s Stairs Trail and McIntosh Lot Preserve

Sat., June 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Giant’s Stairs Trail and McIntosh Lot Preserve, Bailey Island (please park at Mackerel Cove, Abner Point Road, Bailey Island)

  • What geologic processes created Maine and New England?
  • What impact did the Ice Age have on our area?
  • How have those two major events impacted the soils and hydrology here, and how does that affect flora and fauna?
  • What impact might climate change have on this site?

Session Three: Field Trip to Long Reach Preserve

Long Reach Preserve bog (Priscilla Seimer photo)

Sat., June 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Long Reach Preserve, 648 Harpswell Islands Rd

  • Considering the same processes, what are we finding here and why or why not is it different?
  • What impact might climate change have on this site?

Funding support comes from the Alfred M. Senter Fund and the Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation.