John G.T. Anderson, Ph.D., a professor of ecology and natural history at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, will discuss the effect of the restoration of the bald eagle population on seabirds at a MDI Science Café to be held at McKay’s Public House, 231 Main St., Bar Harbor, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. The presentation, entitled “Of What Value Is a Seagull? Gulls, Eagles, and the Changing Ecology of Coastal Maine,” will address what we can learn from more than a century of the study of ornithology in Maine and how we can use that knowledge in planning for the next century. In particular, Anderson will discuss the decline in once-common species of seabirds such as herring and great black-backed gulls, which has been attributed in part to predation from eagles on nesting colonies.
In honor of Acadia National Park’s Centennial, the 2016 MDI Science Café schedule includes several presentations on biological research relevant to the national park.
MDI Science Cafés are open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be available. For more information, visit MDI Science Cafés or call 207.288.3147.