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February 2023

Chemical Toxicity in Maine Wildlife and Humans

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Silent Spring was first published over 60 years ago.  Rachel Carson warned her readers that DDT, a widely-used insecticide, was disrupting ecosystems and endangering native species. DDT accumulates in the tissues of any creature that consumes it, so it builds up over time as more and more DDT-contaminated prey are eaten.  Thus the toxicity gets biomagnified at each successive level of the food web, compromising the health and reproduction of the top predator species. The bald eagle population was reduced…

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Winter Birding in Downeast Maine

February 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Trip Leaders:  Bob and Sandi Duchesne We will meet at Fields Pond and carpool to Pinkham Bay and Pigeon Hill Bay in Steuben via Ellsworth and Coastal Route One, stopping at various hot spots (including many on the Schoodic peninsula) to scan for year-round resident birds and winter migrants on both sea and land.  This is a great trip for novice birders and new residents who want to learn more about Maine’s winter bird populations, and good places to look…

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