Spring Conservation Lecture Series

Blue Hill Heritage Trust is pleased to host their annual Spring Conservation Lecture Series. This year’s topics range from deep in the woods to under the water! We hope you can join us at one, or all, of these great speaking events.

All events will take place at the Blue Hill Public Library’s Howard Room. A reception will be held from 6:30-7pm and the talk will begin promptly at 7pm.


  • April 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Conservation Lecture Series – #1 Community Forestry in the Downeast Lakes with David Montague of Downeast Lakes Land Trust: Join BHHT at the Blue Hill Public Library for the 1st in their three part Spring Conservation Lecture Series. David Montague has been the Executive Director of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust since 2014.  Prior to joining DLLT, he worked in the outdoor recreation industry in Maine, Wyoming, and Virginia and conducted wildlife research in the northern Rockies, Appalachia, and Africa. He is a Registered Maine Guide and has degrees in wildlife biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech. He lives in Grand Lake Stream with his wife and assorted animals, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, sailing, gardening, and renovating his 150-year-old farmhouse. Learn about the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s efforts to conserve more than 370,000 acres of forest land in Downeast Maine and manage the 56,000-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and a sustainable forest economy.  The presentation will describe grassroots efforts to secure forests and lakes for future generations, using conservation to protect a way of life and drive the economic well-being of a small community.  This case study will explore the crucial role of forests in our region and offer ideas and inspiration for conservation efforts on the Blue Hill Peninsula.


  • April 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Conservation Lecture Series – #2 The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods with Doctor Andrew Barton of University of Maine Farmington: Join BHHT, the Blue Hill Garden Club and Downeast Audubon at the Blue Hill Public Library for the 2nd in our three part Spring Conservation Lecture Series. Raised in the southern Appalachians of western North Carolina, Andrew Barton is a forest ecologist, science writer, and professor of biology at the University of Maine at Farmington. His research focuses on how forests are responding to changing climate and wildfire in the Sky Islands of the American Southwest. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, and the upcoming Ecology and Recovery of Old-growth Forests in Eastern North America from Island Press. Drew co-founded the Michigan National Forest Watch and the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, and was a key player in the Mt. Blue-Tumbledown Conservation Alliance, which protected 30,000 acres of forestland in western Maine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Barton will present a lively powerpoint presentation on Maine forests: how they’ve changed over the past 10,000 years, their remarkable diversity across the state, and the challenges and possible solutions for the future.
  • May 2, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Conservation Lecture Series – #3 The natural and human history of Horseshoe Crabs, with MMA professor and BBHT board member Sarah O’Malley: These otherworldly animals have stories to tell about their ability to find and successfully sustain an ecological niche over millions of years, their seasonal pattern of reproductive behavior that supports many other species, and their long relationship with humans complete with commercial use and over-exploitation as well as good old fashioned awe. They also leave us with questions: why have they changed so little, when the world has changed so much?  Where are they when they aren’t here? What will happen to them as the world continues to change? This presentation will weave together what we know and don’t know about horseshoe crabs into a compelling conservation story that includes their natural history, current status and uncertain future. Sarah O’Malley is a Maine Master Naturalist, passionate science communicator and Instructor for the Corning School of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy. Her work in natural history and ecology takes her to ecosystems varying from the intertidal zone to the boreal forest. Her current projects include a biological inventory of the muddy intertidal and supporting alewife restoration in the Bagaduce River. Listeners of community radio will know her as the writer and producer of the popular science and nature short feature The World Around Us, which aired for many years on WERU. She has degrees in Natural Resources and Science and Environmental Education from the University of Maine.