On Campus Event: 2nd Annual Birdathon- Tues. May 3 2:30-4

You Are Invited!  2nd Annual Bowdoin Bird Song Birdathon 833771

The entire Bowdoin community is invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Bowdoin Bird Song Birdathon, which will be held 2:30-4:00 PM on May 3, 2016.

Teams of five (5) members will attempt to identify by sight or sound as many bird species as possible in a 1-hour period. Observations are limited to the state of Maine; any means of transportation is permissible but no fossil fuel may be consumed.

Valuable prizes will be awarded to members of the top three teams with the longest approved species list. All participants will receive an official “Certificate of Participation in the 2nd Annual Bowdoin Bird Song Birdathon,” suitable for framing.

If you are interested in fielding a team and joining the fun, please contact Nat Wheelwright (nwheelwr@bowdoin.edu ; x3583).

On Campus Event: A Climate of Change Film Event (5/5)

A Climate of Change: 
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Where: Sills Hall – Lobby and Smith Auditorium
Purpose: CERES is partnering with the Island Institute, an organization focused on sustainable coastal communities in Maine, to host a film screening event showcasing the Island Institute’s “A Climate of Change.” The event will include the screening of four short films in Smith Auditorium on Thursday, May 5.
The films examine the effects on the fishing industry associated with climate change, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity, and ocean acidification. Across New England and the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. These Island Institute film screenings will help introduce shellfish aquaculture as an example of economic diversification for fishing communities and will prove to be excellent opportunities for relationship building and dialogue exchange on climate change.

This event is free and open to everyone- but please register!:

6:30 – 7 p.m: Reception in Sills lobby (networking event)
7 – 8:30 p.m.: Climate of Change film event in Smith Auditorium
Part I: Warming Waters in the Gulf of Maine (6 min)
Part II: Ocean Acidification in Alaska (9 min)
Part III: Collapse and Adaptation in Apalachicola, FL (9 min)
Part IV: The Future of Aquaculture (10 min)
8 – 8:30 p.m.: Facilitated Q&A with Colin Roesler

On Campus Event: IP3 Lunch discussion: Bowdoin’s Carbon Neutrality Pledge- Friday 5/6 @ 12:30

Want to learn more about Bowdoin’s Carbon Neutrality pledge?
Come to the ES Commons (1st floor Adams) this Friday May 6 for another IP3 lunchtime discussion!
The EcoReps will talk about what this pledge means, and then the floor will be open to any questions or comments you might have!

* Snacks provided, but feel free to bring a bag lunch with you

Off Campus Film: Fishing on Changing Waters (5/12)

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When: Thursday May 12, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Frontier Theatre, Fort Andross, Brunswick, ME
Free admission though pre-registration is available here

In partnership with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association the Island Institute is showing the short film Fishing on Changing Waters. The film discusses fisheries in Maine, Alaska, and Florida which are all facing a changing ocean and seeking innovative solutions. Specific to Maine, the film will highlight some of the challenges already being seen by fishermen in the Gulf of Maine.

After the film showing there will be a discussion of the film with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. Local fishermen and scientists will talk about the environmental and human factors impacting some of Maine’s iconic species like shrimp and cod. Additionally, the speaks will also share strategies and hope for how the industry can move forward to adapt and strengthen for generations. Finishing with a forward-focused discussion, the panel will answer audience questions.


Off Campus Event: “Swimming Against the Current’ Thurs. May 12- Fort Andross

Swimming Against the Current” is an interactive art piece that combines digital media, sculpture and the physical structure of Fort Andross to recreate the experience of an anadramous fish coming inland to spawn.
Thursday, May 12 7:00, and 7:30 pm
Fort Andross, Brunswick

Participants will gain a greater empathy for river spawning fish as they compete with each other to reach the spawning grounds, having to overcome obstacles including predators, fishermen and dams.

For a sneak peek, watch this short video about anadramous fish passage: https://youtu.be/Bw-4xxoq9Jc

The piece will be open between 6 and 9 PM May 12, with group releases of participants at 7 and 7:30. I encourage you to be a part of the group releases if possible, but you may also go through the installation at another time. Contact Sam Mayne for more information: smayne@bowdoin.edu

Off Campus Event: Celebrate the Merrymeeting Bay with the Maine Maritime Museum (5/22)

Help the Maine Maritime Museum Celebrate the Unique Ecosystem Known as the Merrymeeting Bay
When: Sunday, May 22, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where: The Maine Maritime Museummerrymeetingimg_0001 merrymeeting

Join the Maine Maritime Museum as they kick off the summer season and re-christen the museum’s new cruise boat Merrymeeting in honor of this ecological gem. The day will be filled with opportunities to discover all that Merrymeeting Bay has to offer. As part of the celebration, the museum will host Merrymeeting Bay related organizations that will share and demonstrate makes the bay so distinctive.

Activities will include the Wyoming ceremonial flag raising, a live birds of prey show with the York Center for Wildlife, Frogtown Mountain Puppet Show, boat cruises, kids crafts, and more.

Thanks to the generous sponsors of the event, admission will be free (no RSVP required!). 30-minute cruises will also run throughout the day for $6 a person.

Off Campus Event: Birding Extravaganza (5/7)

Birding Extravaganza at the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Curtis Farm Preserve
When: Saturday, May 7, 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Curtis Farm Preserve

Join the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for Birding for Kids, a free, hands-on workshop for families. Participants will learn how to begin identifying birds through their shape, size, beaks, songs and habitat. The group will explore how differently shaped beaks are designed for different foods, listen to some common bird songs and go for a walk to try to identify birds using skills they’ve learned. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your kids (or grandkids). Join us at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell. Bring binoculars. FMI: www.hhltmaine.org, 207-837-9613, outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Off Campus Event: Volunteer to count for the 2016 Nequasset Alewife count


Ruth Indrick

The alewives are back, making their annual spring trek from the Gulf of Maine to Maine’s streams lakes. The return of the alewives means the start of the fish count at Nequasset Lake. From now through early June, volunteers are needed every day to count the fish that successfully make it into Nequasset Lake to spawn. Counting is a fun activity for both children and adults. Sign up to count and learn how at http://kennebecestuary.org/2016-nequasset-fish-count.

Alewife counting is exciting! Volunteers stand at the top of Nequasset dam and watch the fish power themselves over the last weir of the fish ladder into the lake, counting each fish is it goes past. Counting is broken into 2 hour blocks between 6am and 8pm. Each fish counter signs up for a 2 hour block and counts fish for two 10 minute periods in that block.

Eagles, herons, ospreys, mink, and loons have all been sighted by previous fish counters at Nequasset Dam. Volunteers may also get to see an active alewife harvest. Nequasset Lake has been the site of a sustainable alewife harvest in Woolwich, Maine for hundreds of years. Lobstermen still come to the site to buy bait, and smoked alewives are sold for 75 cents apiece. Volunteers who count fish help contribute to the sustainability of the harvest and the Nequasset alewife population.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust has coordinated the alewife count at Nequasset Lake since 2012. In fall of 2014, a new ladder was built to replace a crumbling fish ladder from the 1950s. This year’s count will also help assess the function of the new ladder.

Alewives are important for lake health and Gulf of Maine fisheries. They form the base of an extensive food chain. They are food for fish like striped bass, tuna, cod, haddock, halibut, smallmouth bass, pickerel, and yellow perch. They are also food for birds and mammals, like bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, cormorants, seals, whales, mink, raccoons, and fishers. As a result of the mild winter, alewives have arrived back at Maine’s streams earlier than the last few years.

If you have any questions about the Nequasset alewife count, contact Ruth Indrick at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust at rindrick@kennebecestuary.org or 207-442-8400.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 2,668 acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

If you would like more information, please contact Ruth Indrick at 442-8400 or email rindrick@kennebecestuary.org.

Photo Credit: Ruth Indrick

Caption: Join in the fun and volunteer to count fish at the Nequasset fish ladder in 2016! Sign up at: http://kennebecestuary.org/2016-nequasset-fish-count

Photo Credit: Ruth Indrick

Caption: Fish count volunteers have seen ospreys, eagles, loons and more at the Nequasset fish ladder.

Job for graduating senior/ Alum: EPA Air, Climate & Energy Associate (job to start June 2016)

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Associate

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program is searching for an EPA Air, Climate, and Energy (ACE) Associate at the EPA Research Triangle Park facility in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The Associate will assist the ACE National Program Director and the ACE research team with analytical and administrative duties. The job is expected to begin June 2016.
• Full time, $20.34/hour
• Must have earned a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or other closely related field
• Must have experience in writing for a lay audience, managing web content, using Adobe Creative Suite, managing records/databases, proofreading, and editing
• Will perform tasks such as organizing meetings, promoting web-based tools, analyzing web-traffic and processes, creating communication materials, and producing graphics

For the full position description and to apply, visit our website: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2168
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