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Lecture programs are free. They run for about an hour, including time for questions. Start times are noted in the calendar below.

They begin with a reception 30 minutes before the start of the lecture. This is a pleasant time to mingle with guests over complimentary juice, iced tea, or a glass of wine. The lecture room has some café tables, each seating 4 guests. Beverages may be enjoyed during the lectures.

Some lectures are followed by an optional dinner for guests who enjoy an extended evening at Eagle Hill. If so, the word "Dinner" appears after the lecture title. This is linked to our menus page. A discount applies for Dinner Club members. Reservations need to be made by 10AM of the program day.

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Program title. Descriptions and bios are the at end of this page.


2018 Programs
Jun 21, 5PM Wed “Why Lichenology?” David Richardson and Mark Seaward
Jul 5, 5PM Thu The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas: A Multi-Year Citizen Science Project to Survey Bumble Bee Species in Maine Kalyn Bickerman-Martens
Jul 26, 5PM Thu The Natural History of the Moths of Maine Jason Dombroskie
Jul 31, 5PM Tue Signs of Invertebrates on Plants Charley Eiseman
Aug 2, 5PM Thu Mushrooms of Maine in a Time of Climate Weirding Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey
Aug 9, 5PM Thu The Ecological and Scientific Importance of Peat Mosses and Peatlands Jon Shaw
Aug 21, 5PM Tue A Tour of Marine and Maritime Fungi: A personal view David Porter
Aug 30, 5PM Thu In Search of the Bryophyte Genus Blindia in the Cape Horn Archipelago: From Field to Publication Barbara Andreas and William Buck

Program descriptions.

June 21
"Why Lichenology?"
Professors David Richardson of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Mark Seaward of Bradford, England, instructors of Eagle Hill seminars on lichens for the past 20 and 13 years, respectively, will provide illustrated talks on why they began studying lichens as students, why they continue to be fascinated by them, and what changes they have seen over the past half century.
Dr. David Richardson, Professor and Dean Emeritus at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a specialist in the effects of air pollution on lichens and has published many research papers and the books, The Vanishing Lichens and Pollution Monitoring with Lichens. His studies have taken him to England, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.
Dr. Mark Seaward, Professor of Environmental Biology at Bradford University, England, is a lichen ecologist. He has written/contributed to eight books and edited the well-known Lichen Ecology published by Academic Press, as well as some 400 other publications. He has studied lichens in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Indian Ocean islands, and Hong Kong.

July 5
The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas
The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas is a multi-year citizen science project tha is surveying bumble bee species in Maine.
Kalyn Bickerman-Martens is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine and her work focuses on the health of Maine's bumble bees and wild blueberry pollination. Her research interests include disease ecology and the natural history of Maine. Kalyn is a guest co-instructor for the native bee seminar at Eagle Hill this week.

July 26
The Natural History of the Moths of Maine
This intimate journey into the hidden lives of moths and their caterpillars will look at some of the amazing species in your backyard. Some of these moths take medicine and can bubble poison from their necks, produce perfume that can be smelled from over a mile away, or can jam bat echolocation. We will also examine caterpillars with gills, stinky tentacles, and horns that squirt acid, as well as ones that throw their feces, and others that live inside regurgitated owl pellets.
Jason Dombroskie has had a lifelong interest in nature and started seriously collecting moths at the age of 12. Over ten years of collecting moths in his childhood backyard in rural Renfrew County, Ontario, he collected over 1000 species of moths and began networking with the larger lepidopterist community. From 1996 to 2005 he worked as a naturalist in Algonquin Provincial Park where he delivered popular educational programs as well as document the moth diversity culminating in nearly 1000 confirmed species. He obtained a BSc. Hon. in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph and his PhD was on aspects of archipine [Tortricidae] evolution at the University of Alberta. Since 2012 he has worked as the manager for the Cornell University Insect Collection and the coordinator for the Insect Diagnostic Lab. Jason has published 17 scientific papers in entomology including a matrix-based key to the Lepidoptera of Canada. Current research in his lab focuses on systematics of the tribe Archipini (Tortricidae) in the New World, but some of his students work or have worked on other Tortricidae, Argyresthiidae, and Mimallonidae. Jason regularly hosts public mothing events across NY and gives richly-illustrated, popular talks and workshops on moth natural history, basic entomology, beneficial insects, and other topics.

July 31
Signs of Invertebrates on Plants
This talk will give an overview of the many groups of insects, mites, snails, and worms that feed on plants, illustrating their characteristic feeding damage along with associated signs that help to identify them. It will also discuss non-feeding signs on vegetation, such as the work of leafcutter ants and bees, leaf shelters made by caterpillars and spiders, and scars left by insects inserting their eggs in plant tissues. These signs are often more conspicuous than the creatures that create them and teach us much about their fascinating lives.
Charley Eiseman is a freelance naturalist based in western Massachusetts. He has been conducting plant and wildlife surveys and natural resource inventories throughout New England for the past twenty years. He holds an MS in Botany (Field Naturalist) from the University of Vermont and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management from the University of Massachusetts. Charley is the lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates and has published over twenty scientific papers describing new insect species or documenting new natural history information for known species. He also writes an insect-themed blog, “BugTracks,” and is currently working on a book about leaf-mining insects.

August 2
Mushrooms of Maine in a Time of Climate Weirding
The past three years have been the warmest ever recorded in the Northeast. Widespread rain is becoming less frequent. Much of Maine has been in drought, or near drought conditions for the past two years. The growing season is lengthening. What do these conditions mean for fruiting periods of several species of fungi widely collected in Maine?
Greg A. Marley has been exploring mushrooms for over 40 years. Marley shares his love of mushrooms with others through walks, talks and classes across New England. He is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a small company providing mushroom education and medicinal products made with Maine mushrooms. He is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, (Down East Books , 2009) and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Marley is a volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Centers across New England, providing identification expertise in mushroom poisoning cases. A frequent lecturer to college groups and a mushrooming foray faculty member, Marley is also a clinical social worker providing training and technical support on suicide prevention.
Michaeline Mulvey has been wandering field and forest since before her mother thought she could find her way home. Looking at everything, but always most fascinated by plants, she was most intrigued by the ephemerals. They were both the most fun to find and the most challenging to identify. In Maine the best ephemerals are mushrooms, appearing like magic throughout the season, and often disappearing as quickly. Fascinated by the short fruiting periods of fleshy fungi, and frustrated that some species occur only every few years, Michaeline began recording fruiting dates of her finds, graphing the results for thirty species yearly, for more than thirty years. She believes that, though a microscope can be very useful for identification, the first step should be careful observation of field characteristics. More recently, she has dabbled with creating fabric dyes from mushrooms, and mushroom cultivation. She has been an active member of Maine Mycological Association for 30 years. She happily works as a Maine Professional Land Surveyor in field and forest across the state, rain or shine.

Aug 9
The Ecological and Scientific Importance of Peat Mosses and Peatlands
Peat mosses and the peatland habitats they inhabit (and in fact create) have long played important roles in the fields of archaeology and ecology, and have more recently become central to research on the global carbon budget and control of climate. What are peatmosses? What are peatlands? How have these beautiful plants contributed to diverse fields of research?
Jon Shaw is a Professor of Biology at Duke University, Durham, NC. He has worked on the systematics, genetics, and ecology of mosses for almost 30 years. He edited the 2001 book, Bryophyte Biology, more recently updated in a second edition (2009). He has collected mosses extensively in eastern and western North America, as well as in tropical and Southern Hemisphere regions. He is currently working on the systematics and evolution of peat mosses (Sphagnum). http://www.biology.duke.edu/bryology/.

Aug 21
A Tour of Marine and Maritime Fungi: A personal view
When I tell people that my research involves marine fungi, I am typically greeted with wonder (or sometimes disbelief). That fungi are present and active in the ocean and ocean margins is not widely known, even among mycologists. In this presentation I will describe some of the diversity and biological interactions of marine and maritime fungi that I have had the opportunity to observe ranging from slime molds to lichens to mushrooms.
David Porter lives in Brooklin, Maine. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia, where for 37 years he carried out research and was an award winning teacher offering a variety of undergraduate and grad-uate level mycology classes. Now retired, Porter teaches an occasional mycology class at College of the Atlantic. In addition he is active in outreach programs with lectures, forays and identification services.

Aug 30
In Search of the Bryophyte Genus Blindia in the Cape Horn Archipelago: From Field to Publication
The purpose of the presentation is to present details of a scientific expedition to the Cape Horn Archipelago (Chile, South America) in search of new bryophyte species, and a confirmation of existing species. Nine scientists and four crew spent a month exploring 10 islands. This region contains 5% of the world’s bryophytes on only 0.01% of the world’s land mass. Materials collected are still being cataloged.
Barbara Andreas is Professor Emeritus from Kent State University, and a Visiting Professor at Ohio University. My specialties include bryophyte distribution, systematics of the genus Blindia. and peatland ecology. I am the Bryophyte Book Editor for The Bryologist, and co-founder of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association.
William Buck is Emeritus Curator of Bryophytes at The New York Botanical Garden. His main research interests are associated with understanding the relationships of different groups of mosses, especially pleurocarps (with creeping, branched stems and laterally placed spore capsules). To see living mosses in the field, he has traveled throughout much of North and South America, as well as to parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Melanesia.


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