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. 

Monarchs are Here!

Posted by Pamela Bobker on July 14th, 2016
monarch on milkweed

Monarch butterfly on milkweed

This summer, the Cornerstones of Science librarians will be raising monarch caterpillars into butterflies.

The tiny caterpillars arrived July 13th from Monarch Watch.

We will feed them on fresh milkweed leaves until they are ready to go into chrysalis phase and then emerge as butterflies.

The caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed plants.

According to Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch, “Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat. To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to become a national priority.”

Curtis Library and Cornerstones of Science are pleased to be part of this effort.

tiny caterpillars

Tiny Caterpillars

Stop by the Youth Services desk to see the monarch caterpillars!

Green Eggs and Sand Horseshoe Crabs – Thursday, June 2, 1:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on May 26th, 2016

Carol Steingart of Coast EncountersCornerstones of Science presents Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters program about Horseshoe Crabs.

Discover the secret life of these prehistoric “helmets of the sea” that aren’t even true crabs. Learn about the vital role they play in shoreline ecosystem health.

Day & Time: Thursday, June 2, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Pamela Bobker 207-725-5242 pbobker@curtislibrary.com