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The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, September 13, 2021 will be “Migration, Climate Change, and Zero Carbon Birding on MDI,” presented by field biologist Rich MacDonald.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Migrant Bird Treaty Act in 2018, ornithologist and naturalist Rich MacDonald decided to go birding by car and record the number of species he observed in Hancock County. Last year, he published Little Big Year: Chasing Acadia’s Birds which chronicled his 2018 exploits with each chapter representing a day of birding. Yet in the process of writing and reflecting on the successful year, MacDonald said he reviewed records of his daily mileage and was appalled to discover that he drove 6,390 miles.
Now MacDonald has set his sights on writing a birding book that is specifically focused on global warming and climate change. With the new year, he began a zero carbon approach to birding, using his bike, skis, and canoe rather than his car to traverse Hancock County. MacDonald’s Science Café will explore the dynamic relationship between climate change and birding, examined through his own experiences with our local bird populations.
Rich MacDonald is a world-class naturalist whose travels have taken him on tours leading people as far away as Antarctica and Norway. He is the co-owner, with Natalie Springuel, of The Natural History Center, which they founded in 2010 with a mission to share their passion for the ecology and people of this region. Rich is a lifelong birder, guide, naturalist, field biologist, and writer. Drawing on his training and early career as an ornithologist, Rich leads nature and adventure tours that incorporate science, culture, and natural history. He focuses on Maine and Atlantic Canada but can also be found in the Great Lakes and on the high seas. A dedicated outdoor adventurer, Rich is a Registered Maine Guide, a Licensed New York Guide, and a Wilderness First Responder. Look for Rich outdoors with binoculars strapped over his shoulder as he listens for the birds.
The MDI Science Café series is held on the second Monday of the month through May, when the bimonthly summer series begins.
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MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science.
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