Guided Bird Walk at Mitchell Field – Tuesday October 25, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 14th, 2016

whitehead-client-9-21Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply will lead a guided bird walk at Mitchell Field in Harpswell.

Registration is required for this event.

Please contact the references services desk at 725-5242 X 510 to register.

Day & Time: Tuesday October 25, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Contact: Reference Desk 725-5242 x510

Location: Offsite Event

COS Fall Science Read – Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 8th, 2016

book coverProgramming around The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration by Bernd Heinrich.

Eric Topper of Maine Audubon will give a presentation on “Homing in on our Homes,” an illustrated primer on what people can do in their own yards and public spaces to benefit both migratory and resident wildlife.


Eric Topper

Day & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 PM – 1 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Pamela Bobker 725-5242 X214 |

Fall Science Read

Posted by Pamela Bobker on August 29th, 2016

Scientist and author Bernd Heinrich will speak about his work on Monday September 26 at 7:00 pm in the Morrell Meeting Roomhoming instinct, as the start of programming around his book The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration, the 2016 Fall Science Read selection.

Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods.

What is the biology in humans of this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing?

He explores the fascinating science, chipping away at the mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures, from fish to insects to amphibians, to pinpoint their home if they are displaced from it; and how the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances.

Heinrich is professor emeriti of University of Vermont, where his area of expertise is behavioral ecology.

He is the author of many books including Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds; One Man’s Owl; Summer World: A Season of Bounty and his most recent One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives.

Multiple copies of The Homing Instinct are available now for check out.