On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:30pm Belfast Garden Club and Belfast Free Library continue their free winter evening programs series, “Wildlife Conservation in Maine” in Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. The March 11th talk will be Coyote - America’s Songdog presented by conservation biologist Geri Vistein.
Coyote has a long history on the North American continent: coyote’s relationship with Native peoples and the European Americans; coyote’s complex relationship with Maine’s ecosystems; and coyote’s relationship with us. Despite the fact that scientists have learned so much about carnivores and their immense value in the workings of the earth, human attitudes, behavior and laws in our society toward carnivores have not changed very much in the past 500 years. This presentation will express Nature’s design in the powerful relationship between the predator and their prey, and will explain why this relationship is vital to the health and diversity of our Maine landscape.
Geri Vistein is a Conservation Biologist whose work focuses on carnivores and our relationship with them. She has participated in many research projects in the West, including the Grizzly Bear DNA study in Glacier National Park. She works with Land Trusts and other research biologists, and has created the educational network “Coyote Lives in Maine”.
The talk is free and open to the public. The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High Street, Belfast, Maine. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Corliss Davis at 207-930-3562.
The Belfast Garden Club awards two scholarships annually. Awards are made to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates from Waldo County pursuing studies in conservation, ecology, horticulture, natural resources, sustainable agriculture or a related field.
Founded in 1929, the Belfast Garden Club has promoted the beautification of Belfast through educational talks, garden tours, the annual Plant Sale in May, donations of books to local libraries and scholarships. Recipients of 2013 scholarships were Alexis Morse of Unity who is attending the University of New England studying biology and Erin Elizabeth Rollins of Lincolnville who is also studying biology at Husson University.
Students interested in obtaining a scholarship application may contact their high school guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Committee Chair, Ginny Hodge, at email@example.com, www.belfastgardenclub.org, or write to the Belfast Garden Club, P. O. Box 987, Belfast, Maine 04915. Applications must be submitted before April 30, 2014.
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2014 Winter Series
Wildlife Conservation in Maine
Co-sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club and the Belfast Free Library
All programs will be held at 6:30 pm in the Abbott Room the Belfast Free Library
Donna Busch from the Belfast Garden Club presents gardening books for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Project to Bill Browning, Community Resource Coordinator. Photo by Martha Laitin
Belfast Garden Club members showed support for the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Garden Program by donating instructive books to the Reentry Center’s library on growing vegetables and preparing nutritious meals after harvesting the bountiful food. Club members gave books from their personal collections and purchased new books for the project. The books will be available to residents at the Reentry Center’s library in Belfast to assist them in learning gardening techniques for northern climate gardens, general good gardening principles, and using the produce in the kitchen to make healthy meals.