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Stories of Change Webinar Series

Each year Harpswell Heritage Land Trust chooses a theme. In 2021 we chose “Stories of Change.” Stories connect us. And our world is in the midst of great changes of all kinds.

We are excited to announce free monthly webinars featuring a line-up of fascinating speakers from all walks of life. If you can’t join us live, the webinars will be recorded. Click here to read about and watch webinars that have already happened.

Restoring Sea-run Fish to the Penobscot River with John Banks

Wednesday, April 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

John Banks

The Penobscot River is New England’s second largest river system and the historic home of the Penobscot Indian Nation. Over 17 years, culminating in 2016, the Penobscot River Restoration Project collaboratively worked to balance fisheries restoration and hydropower production. The project successfully restored habitat for the river’s sea-run fish, including Atlantic salmon and sturgeon. John Banks will speak about the restoration project, the history and culture of the Penobscot Indian Nation and their connection to the river.

John Banks is the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation, a federally recognized Indian Tribe in Maine. He has served the Penobscot Nation in this capacity since 1980, following the enactment of the Maine Indian Land Claims settlement Act of 1980. As Natural Resources Director, John has developed and administers a comprehensive Natural Resources management program for his tribe, which advances an integrated management approach, in recognition of the inter-connectedness of all things in the natural world. He has served on many local, regional, and national organization boards including the National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, National Indian Policy Center and the Tribal Operations Committee with USEPA. John is the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Maine School of Forest Resources

Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Environmental Movement with Amara Ifeji

Monday, May 10 from 5-6 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Amara Ifeji

Join us to hear Amara Ifeji speak to her lived experiences as a BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) individual, the marginalization she faced in fostering a connection to place with the environment, and how her self-sought passion for water justice led her to not only foster this connection herself, but to also serve as a conduit for other BIPOC and female-identifying students like herself.

Amara Ifeji is a freshman at Northeastern University pursuing a B.S in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics with a concentration in Environment and Energy Policy. In high school, her lack of environmental education prompted her to self-seek such learning opportunities through leading her school’s student-driven water quality management team for BIPOC, female-identifying, and lower-income students, co-organizing school-wide climate education learning initiatives, and conducting internationally-awarded environmental research. At the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA), Amara advocates for intersectional climate justice solutions, equitable access to the outdoors, and empowering youth to spark change in their local communities through MEEA’s Changemakers and JustME for a JustUS youth networks. She also works with the Nature-Based Education Consortium (NBEC) on local and state-level policy advocacy through NBEC’s Climate Education and Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy working groups, Steering Committee, and co-chair of the NBEC Communications Working Group. For her work in promoting environmental education, she was awarded the Global North American Environmental Education 30 Under 30 International Award—one of only six people under 30 in the USA–and the National Geographic Young Explorer Award–one of 24 youth in the world.

Bailey Island to the Barrier Reef: Sea Stars as Sentinels of a Changing World with Jonathan Allen

Thursday, June 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Dr. Jonathan Allen

Hear about Dr. Jonathan Allen’s research in Maine and Australia and the links between the two ecosystems that are sometimes rather surprising. Dr. Allen will discuss new discoveries about the ecology and development of sea stars and how studies of basic biology based on sea stars from Harpswell have had big impacts on the way scientists think about trying to manage sea stars and conserve corals on the Great Barrier Reef. In particular, he will focus on the unexpected ways that coastal runoff can lead to devastating outbreaks of coral-eating sea stars.

Dr. Jonathan Allen is an Associate Professor of Biology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Research in the Allen Lab focuses on the life histories of marine invertebrate animals. Since 2005, Allen has conducted research in the summers at Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island.

Coming up…

  • Gary Lawless
  • Trevor Peterson
  • Hannah Webber
  • And more!