Life with Crows & Ravens: An Afternoon with Bernd Heinrich

Saturday, 12/2
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Bernd Heinrich, biologist and author of numerous books on the natural world, joins us on Saturday, 12/2, for a special weekend event. Bernd will discuss his new discoveries working with crows and ravens. His presentation will be followed by a meet and greet, and book signing.

Many of Bernd’s books will be available for sale, including his newest one, co-authored with Nathaniel Wheelwright, The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You. (This book would make a wonderful holiday gift!) For complete details, please click here!

Squirrel Tales in Maine

Thursday, December 7
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating world of one of the most ubiquitous–and surprisingly mysterious, wildlife species in Maine, the Gray Squirrel. Noah Perlut, professor of biology at the University of New England, heads up Project Squirrel, a student-staffed research program (The Squirrelologists!) conducted on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. Perlut will discuss the project’s findings, and help us appreciate this fascinating denizen of Maine’s backyards, woods, and cities.

Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other

Saturday, 12/9
2:00-3:00 PM
Craig Grossi and Fred

In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog “with a big goofy head and little legs” who didn’t seem vicious or run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered—against military regulations—the dog began to follow him. “Looks like you made a friend,” another Marine yelled. Grossi heard, “Looks like a ‘Fred.'” The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.

Fred not only stole Craig’s heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag—risking jail and Fred’s life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig’s family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the U.S., it was Fred’s turn to save the wounded Marine from Post-Traumatic Stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—”it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it”–Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.

Meet Craig and Fred at this special event!
Both the adult and young reader’s editions of their book will be available for sale and signing!

The Threat and Consequences of Climate Change to World Order

Tuesday, 12/12
6:30-7:30 PM

Climate Change or “Global Warming” has enormous implications for the future of humanity and the earth itself. The threat of climate change will have an impact on many aspects of our daily lives and those of future generations. We will see more and bigger storms, floods, higher sea levels, melting ice caps and glaciers, and the disappearance of many species of plants, animals, and insects. In the near future, we can expect the impact of climate change to affect human behavior more and more negatively, resulting in security threats to our country from within and from outside as other parts of the world become destabilized by the effects of climate change. Many of the present day conflicts have climate change at their core. These include the droughts in Syria and Iraq and food insecurity in the region of Nigeria, Chad, and Niger that have produced Boko Haram.  

This presentation is an overview of some of these threats. Andrew will also attempt to look into the near future to underscore potential threats and some of the unintended consequences of what humanity has helped to bring about.

What actions can we take today to help? We hope you’ll join the discussion around this vitally important topic.

Click HERE to learn more about our presenter.

Maine Author Jeffrey Ryan and the Appalachian Trail

Thursday, December 14
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Maine Author Jeffrey Ryan took 28 years to hike the Appalachian Trail. He kept meticulous notes and shot wonderful film, then digital shots of his journey. Please join us on December 14th to hear behind-the-scenes stories of Jeff’s humorous and eventful tale from his highly acclaimed first book: Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail.

Jeff will also talk about his newly released 2nd book: Blazing Ahead; Benton Mackaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail. Jeff traveled the country researching the unlikely partnership and rivalry between two men who dreamed of, and then created the AT – an undisputed national treasure. 

Copies of Appalachian Odyssey and Blazing Ahead will be available for purchase and the author would be delighted to sign copies.

Click here and scroll down to learn more about Jeff!