Upcoming Events at Chewonki

June 18: Predators

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June 18, 2024 10:30 am
June 18, 2024 11:30 am

Explore attitudes toward predators and reasons for their decline throughout history because of habitat loss and human interference. Discussion of current events emphasizes the importance of predators in maintaining the world’s ecological balance. Participants have the opportunity to study mounted animals and see three live, non-releasable predators. Hosted by the Bridgton Public Library.

June 19: Tide Pools

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June 19, 2024 6:00 pm
June 19, 2024 7:00 pm

The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Hosted by Jim Ditzler Memorial Library. In New Sharon, ME.

Animal Adaptations

June 20: Animal Adaptations

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June 20, 2024 2:00 pm
June 20, 2024 3:00 pm

In this fun-filled hour, students will learn about adaptations, try on fun costumes, and see firsthand how three of our live, non-releasable animals have adaptations that help them thrive in their specific habitats, including our local marine habitat. Hosted by the Lithgow Public Library in Augusta, ME.

June 21: Owls of Maine

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June 21, 2024 11:00 am
June 21, 2024 12:00 pm

Two live owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Using pictures and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl.  Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

Meet the Owls of Maine at Shaw Public Library in Greenville, ME. 

June 24: Biomimicry

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June 24, 2024 2:00 pm
June 24, 2024 3:00 pm

Nature has already invented everything we need. If there is a problem we cannot solve, we can find the answer in nature, we just need to look closely and pay attention. Hosted by Belfast Free Library.

June 25: Vernal Pools

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June 25, 2024 3:00 pm
June 25, 2024 4:00 pm

Take a closer look at the seasonal nature of a vernal pool and the impact it has on amphibian and invertebrate life cycles. We will develop an understanding of how so many cycles can be supported by a wetland that holds water for only a few short months. Hosted by 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, Maine.

June 26: Mammals of Maine

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June 26, 2024 10:00 am
June 26, 2024 2:00 pm

Drop in and visit our display to learn about our native warm-blooded vertebrates: Maine mammals. See samples from our collection of skulls, study skins, and other specimens and learn how an animal’s characteristics, such as their teeth, feet, and fur serve as clues to understanding each mammal’s adaptations, niche, habitat, and the role it plays in the food web. Hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME.

June 26: Vernal Pools

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June 26, 2024 1:00 pm
June 26, 2024 2:00 pm

Take a closer look at the seasonal nature of a vernal pool and the impact it has on amphibian and invertebrate life cycles. We will develop an understanding of how so many cycles can be supported by a wetland that holds water for only a few short months. Hosted by New Gloucester Public Library.

June 28: Skeletons

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June 28, 2024 11:00 am
June 28, 2024 12:00 pm

Vertebrates — including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals—are some of the most advanced creatures on the planet. We all have one main thing in common: an internal skeleton. Students will gain a better understanding of the skeletal system by looking closely at the bones of many different vertebrates while comparing them to their own skeletons. The assembly of our 16-foot Pilot Whale skeleton will give participants the opportunity to investigate the physiological adaptations these animals require to survive in the depths of the ocean. Please note there are no live animals for this presentation.

Hosted by Wells Public Library

July 2: Owls of Maine

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July 2, 2024 3:00 pm
July 2, 2024 4:00 pm

Two live owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Using pictures and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl.  Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

Hosted by 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, ME. 

July 5: Owls of Maine

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July 5, 2024 10:30 am
July 5, 2024 11:30 am

Two live owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Using pictures and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl.  Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

Hosted by Rangeley Public library

July 9: Mammals of Maine

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July 9, 2024 3:00 pm
July 9, 2024 4:00 pm

This exciting and interactive program introduces students to our native warm-blooded vertebrates: Maine mammals.

Participant examine mounted animal specimens and observe their characteristics, such as teeth, feet, and fur. We use these observations as clues to understanding each mammal’s adaptations, niche, and habitat.

A collection of skulls, study skins, and other specimens complements a discussion of adaptations and the role each animal plays in the food web.

Hosted by 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, ME.

July 10: Mammals of Maine

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July 10, 2024 10:00 am
July 10, 2024 11:00 am

This exciting and interactive program introduces students to our native warm-blooded vertebrates: Maine mammals.

Participant examine mounted animal specimens and observe their characteristics, such as teeth, feet, and fur. We use these observations as clues to understanding each mammal’s adaptations, niche, and habitat.

A collection of skulls, study skins, and other specimens complements a discussion of adaptations and the role each animal plays in the food web.

Hosted by Orr’s Island Library.

July 15: Owls of Maine

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July 15, 2024 1:00 pm
July 15, 2024 2:00 pm

Two live owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. Using pictures and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl.  Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

Meet the Owls of Maine at Lawrence Public Library in Fairfield, ME. 

July 16 & 17: Summer Alumni & Friends Days

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July 16, 2024 8:00 am
July 17, 2024 6:00 pm

We’re delighted to invite alumni, friends, and the public to Chewonki Neck for two Alumni & Friends Days this July. Enjoy the nature trails, visit the farm, and more. These are “intersession” days, the downtime between the first and second camp sessions. With no participants on campus, our 400-acre saltwater peninsula is yours to explore. We’ll provide trail maps, water (bring your own bottle), snacks, and a few scheduled programs. Leashed dogs are okay, as are picnics! 

Schedule:
Tuesday, July 16
9:00 am – 6:00 pm: Visit the farm and walk our nature trails
9:30 am: Nature Walk with Don Hudson (Meet at the CEE, no RSVP needed)
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Meet & Greet Reception with Chewonki Leadership. Kindly RSVP by Monday, July 15, (RSVP not required but appreciated)

Wednesday, July 17
9:00 am – 6:00 pm: Visit the farm and walk our nature trails
4:00 pm: Help with farm chores (please wear long pants and close-toed shoes)
4:30 pm: Nature Walk with Don Hudson

Questions? Contact Alexis Grillo, Alumni Manager, at agrillo@chewonki.org.

July 16: Predators

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July 16, 2024 3:00 pm
July 16, 2024 4:00 pm

Explore attitudes toward predators and reasons for their decline throughout history because of habitat loss and human interference. Discussion of current events emphasizes the importance of predators in maintaining the world’s ecological balance. Participants have the opportunity to study mounted animals and see three live, non-releasable predators. Hosted by the 7 Lakes Alliance in Belgrade, ME.

July 16 – Meet and Greet Reception with Nancy Kennedy and André Heard

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July 16, 2024 4:00 pm
July 16, 2024 5:30 pm

Our leadership team wants to meet you! Please join newly appointed Chewonki President Nancy Kennedy, new Board Chair André Heard, and some familiar faces for a gathering on Tuesday, July 16, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. All are welcome; let’s enjoy a beautiful afternoon together in great company. Light refreshments will be served. 

Kindly RSVP by Monday, July 15.
RSVP not required but appreciated.

July 17: Biomimicry

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July 17, 2024 10:00 am
July 17, 2024 11:00 am

Nature has already invented everything we need. If there is a problem we cannot solve, we can find the answer in nature, we just need to look closely and pay attention. Hosted by Orr’s Island Library.

July 17: Owls of Maine

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July 17, 2024 10:00 am
July 17, 2024 2:00 pm

Drop in and visit our display to learn about the owls native to Maine and New England. We will have bio-artifacts such as talons, wings, and skulls, to help you explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. You’ll have the opportunity to get an intimate and detailed look at a live owl, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

Hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME. 

July 18: Bats of the World

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July 18, 2024 1:00 pm
July 18, 2024 2:00 pm

Bats comprise nearly one-quarter of the world’s approximately 4,000 mammal species, yet humans continue to fear and misunderstand them. Bats do so much to help us survive, but now they need our help.

Our engaging slideshow, and interactive demonstrations, will introduce participants to the role bats play in ecosystems ranging from the Maine woods to the South American rainforests, to help dispel common myths about these flying mammals.

Participants leave the program with an appreciation for the tremendous diversity of bats in the world and for their irreplaceable niche in natural ecosystem.

Please note that we do not currently have any live bats for this presentation. Hosted by New Gloucester Public Library

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