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E2101 - Plant Walk

Free

with Suzanne Carlisle

Calendar Jun 25, 2021 at 10 am

Come take an early summer walk through residential Machias, learning to identify common local plants using guides, keys and collective knowledge.  You’ll also learn some interesting facts about the plants’ growing habits and habitats.  The walking is easy and slow and there is plenty of time for questions. 

                       (Rain Date:  Friday, July 2nd   10:00 to 11:30 AM)

 Instructor:  Suzanne Carlisle is an artist and amateur botanist who deeply enjoys showing others the beauty of plants.  She has 50 years of gardening experience and academic classes in botany, horticulture, soils and local flora. She has taught botany and art classes for Sunrise Senior College for several years.

Class Information:  This class will be held outside.  Meet at Suzanne’s house at 11 School Street in Machias.  Bring a sun hat, sun screen; face mask, water and wear walking shoes.  Limited to 8 people.

                                             IMPORTANT: 

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees. 

Full Course

E2102 - Ecology and Conservation of Vernal Pool Wildlife - Maine Audubon

Free

with Sally Stockwell

Calendar Jun 30, 2021 at 2 pm

Early in the spring, just as the ground thaws and the ponds begin to thaw, something miraculous happens.  Wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and spring peepers emerge from their winter hideaways and migrate on the first warm rainy night to the nearest vernal pool to breed and lay their eggs.  An explosion of life!  They stay for only a few weeks, then retreat back into the surrounding forest where they rest, feed, and move either between wetlands or underground until the winter freeze returns.  Come learn all about the amazing life cycle of these and other vernal pool critters, the important role they play in our forest food webs, and how we can conserve these special places.

Instructor:  Dr. Stockwell is a wildlife ecologist and Director of Conservation at Maine Audubon.  She has been involved with vernal pool studies, community science projects, outreach, and conservation for over 40 years.

Class Information:  This class is being held via Zoom.

                                             IMPORTANT: 

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees. 

Will run

E2103 - The State of Maine Birds - Maine Audubon

Free

with Nick Lund

Calendar Jul 8, 2021 at 11 am

Bird populations in Maine are constantly changing.  A total of 445 species have been recorded in Maine.  Some have been here for a long time while others are fairly new.  Some are accidental and others introduced.  A few of those species have been extirpated and we may never see them again.  Maine Audubon will explain some of the major changes and fluctuations occurring with Maine avian fauna.

Instructor:  Nick Lund is Maine Audubon’s Network and Outreach Manager.  He writes regular columns about nature for National Audubon, the Portland Phoenix, the Maine Sportsman, and other publications.

Class Information:  This class is being held via Zoom.

                                             IMPORTANT:  

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.

E2104 - The Origins of Western Philosophy in the Pre-Socratics

Free

with Joel Wilcox

Calendar Jul 13, 2021 at 2 pm

Western philosophy began c. 600 BC in ancient Greece, with a group known as the Pre-Socratics, since almost all of them predated the philosopher Socrates. One of them, Pythagoras, is well-known, but most of the others (excepting possibly Heraclitus) are obscure.  Following a brief, preliminary discussion of the nature of philosophy, this class will examine how the Pre-Socratics invented it.  Prior to philosophy, both the culture and the mental life of the Greek world were based on war, music, poetry (notably that of Homer), myth, and religion.  Large-scale political developments of the time not only created a "safe space" for, but actually encouraged, a radical new way of thinking.  It is fascinating to see how the earliest philosophers more or less made it up as they went along, using the very limited conceptual resources available to them from their culture, and brilliantly making up new concepts, or redefining existing words, as these moves became necessary in order to arrive at a radically new, rational way to engage with the world.

Instructor:  Dr. Wilcox has a PhD in philosophy, with a specialty in the Pre-Socratics.  He taught Greek philosophy for more than 30 years. 

Class Information:  The location for this class has been changed to Science 102.

                                             IMPORTANT:  

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.

Will run

E2105 - Introduction to Existentialism

Free

with Sandy Fairbanks

Calendar Jul 15, 2021 at 2 pm

This course will examine some of the fundamental aspects of Existentialism and its critique of modern industrial society and culture. We will focus on the philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre and his doctrines of radical freedom and authenticity.

Instructor:  Dr. Fairbanks has a PhD in philosophy and has taught philosophy for more than 30 years.

Class Information:  The location for this class has been changed to Science 102.

                                             IMPORTANT:  

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.

Will run

E2106 - Edible Wild Plants

Free

with Suzanne Carlisle

Calendar Jul 16, 2021 at 10 am

Learn about plants that are good for salad or for snack munching.  And they can be found in common everyday places.   Some plants may be thought of as medicinal in folklore or alternative medicine and Suzanne will discuss these but won’t be making any diagnoses!  The walking is easy and slow and there is plenty of time for questions. 

                       (Rain Date:  Friday, July 23rd   10:00 to 11:30 AM)

Instructor: Suzanne Carlisle is an artist and amateur botanist who deeply enjoys showing others the beauty of plants.  She has 50 years of gardening experience and academic classes in botany, horticulture, soils and local flora. She has taught botany and art classes for Sunrise Senior College for several years.

Class Information:  This class will be held outside.  Meet at Suzanne’s house at 11 School Street in Machias.  Bring a sun hat, sun screen; face mask, water and wear walking shoes.  Limited to 8 people.

                                             IMPORTANT:  

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.

Full Course

E2107 - Backyard Birding Basics - Maine Audubon

Free

with Nick Lund

Calendar Jul 22, 2021 at 11 am

Your backyard provides a window into the natural world and there are a number of steps you can take to make it wildlife-friendly.  Come listen to an expert from Maine Audubon for a program to learn best practices for attracting and supporting birds in your yard throughout the winter.  We’ll answer questions like:  Does feeding birds change their migration habits?  Will they starve if you stop feeding them?  Why are native plants so important for birds’ survival?  Ask your own questions and get good advice for your backyard friends!

Instructor:   Nick Lund is Maine Audubon’s Network and Outreach Manager.  He writes regular columns about nature for National Audubon, the Portland Phoenix, the Maine Sportsman, and other publications.

Class Information:  This class is being held via Zoom.

                                             IMPORTANT:  

This class is Free to SSC members whose Membership is current (2021-2022 year).  If you are a current member of another Maine Senior College (other than SSC), there is a fee of $5.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.  If you are not a current member of either SSC or MSCN, there is a fee of $10.00 to cover online registration administrative fees.

E2108 - Telepresence in Ocean Exploration

Free

with James Rawsthorne

Calendar Jul 24, 2021 at 11 am

                                    Free and Open to The Public  

     You do not need to be a member of SSC or over the age of 50 to attend.

 

This class will explore the use of telepresence technology in ocean exploration.  We will learn about exploration of the deep ocean aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer using remote operated vehicles and live streaming video and data. 

Instructor:  James Rawsthorne has been the Telepresence Coordinator at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for three years and their web developer for 8 years. He participated in the 2014 bioluminescence study in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2018 Okeanos Explorer mission to the Atlantic Ocean.  Previous to that he has been involved in live video and data streaming at Mathmatica Policy Research and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  He was featured presenter at the 2019 Streaming Media conference (New York) and a presenter at the 2018 Ocean Forum at the MIT MediaLab.  He recently authored an article for Journal of Ocean Technology on the Future of Telepresence.

Class Information:  This class is being held via Zoom.

Will run





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