Sustainability Series: The Birds of Scarborough Marsh with Linda Woodard
The discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30 pm in a Zoom meeting room. All are welcome to join Zoom at https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/85963180695pwd=MTc1U01oQTJpSUViYjc3VkRHR0laZz09. See below for more details about Zoom*.
Participants will not only learn about these birds but will also receive some tips on identification and where to find them. Hundreds of bird species use this unique ecosystem as a migratory stopover, summer nesting ground, and feeding area, and a few live there year round. We will take a look at the herons and egrets that eat fish swimming in these nutrient-rich rivers and the many species of sandpipers that nest or migrate through the marsh. A variety of raptors make the marsh their home along with small songbirds. Special attention will be given to several threatened and endangered species that depend on the marsh for survival and the factors that threaten their survival. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of Scarborough Marsh.
Linda Woodard has been the Director of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for 30 years. At Maine Audubon, she is also the Program Coordinator for students grade 3 and up and leads professional development workshops for educators. She is a liaison to state, regional and national Environmental Education Associations and is currently the President of the New England Environmental Education Alliance. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine’s Environmental Science and Policy Department. She has received the Environmental Merit Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2008 and Sphere of Influence Award, New England Women 1996. She spends most of her free time out birding and enjoying nature.
The Friends of Scarborough Marsh is a nonprofit coalition of concerned citizens, landowners, businesses, state and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and others. We have in common our love for the Scarborough Marsh and our commitment to safeguard it for generations to come. Established in 2000, we are an all-volunteer group dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of the Scarborough Marsh. Our efforts include: reports and studies to understand challenges and potential for restoration; land conservation initiatives; education and public outreach events like clean-ups.
*Full Zoom Info:
You will find yourself in a waiting room when you first enter the Zoom gathering. If you arrive early, you will remain in the waiting room until the host admits you to the program at 5:30.
You are welcome to have your video on or off for this program – your choice! Please be aware, however, that all other participants will be able to see you if your video is on, and this program will be recorded. By entering into the Zoom program, you are agreeing to have your image captured and shared by Portland Public Library.
All microphones will be automatically muted by the host. If you would like to participate in the Q&A, you can send your question to the host via Zoom’s chat feature.
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About the Series » Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate
Portland’s Sustainability Series is co-hosted by the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series presents a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join us as we engage in these important issues and conversations!