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Ecology Lecture Series

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Our Park Ranger, Sydney, will be returning to the library this fall to dive into even more nature topics related to South Portland. During these lectures, we will look at different topics through the lens of folklore, natural history, ecology, and conservation. These lectures take place on the second Thursday of each month at the Main Branch of the South Portland Public Library. 

Topics are as follows:
9/14- From Moths to Monarchs: a look at the Lepidoptera family and the incredible journey of the monarchs
10/12- Creepy Creatures: decoding the origins of Halloween's spooky animal legends, and why we view certain animals as "creepy"
11/9- Foraging in Maine: all about forageable plants in Southern Maine: when to look for them, best practices, and recipes. You'll even get to taste test a few foraged foods!
1/11- Predicting the Weather: a look at the science behind weather, and folklore that can help you predict what the day holds
2/8- Fossils of Maine- a journey to the Maine of 400 million years ago
3/14- Coexisting with Coyotes: Collaborative presentation with conservation biologist, Geri Vistein and animal control officer, Maggie Maxwell- the natural history of these adaptable creatures, and what to do if one lives in your neighborhood
4/11- Brilliant Bats: a look into the lore and ecology of bats, and a new perspective of how these unique creatures affect our ecosystem.

All talks take place at 6:30pm.