Ecologist John Anderson will lead a presentation called “Drowning with Others: The Changing Fates of Seabirds in Maine” at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, Sept. 8 at noon.

With its formerly rich fisheries, complex coastline and thousands of islands, Maine has been a paradise for seabirds. Arctic terns travel thousands of miles to nest and rear their young, while the wanderings of our gulls link the Maritimes with the Gulf of Mexico. Anderson’s talk will focus on current and historical patterns in seabird populations among the Maine islands, with an eye to learning what past events might teach us about the future of the Gulf of Maine.

Anderson is the W. H. Drury Jr. Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.  For over 30 years, he and his students have been studying seabirds on Maine islands, with a particular focus on Great Duck Island, located south of Mt. Desert Island.

This event is part of the Summer Talk series. Due to the ongoing pandemic, guests must take safety seriously during this program and are advised to wear face masks. Seating for this event will be outdoors in chairs set up a safe distance apart. This event is subject to change due to state and local regulations.

The cost of this program is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. Guests are encouraged to bring exact change to minimize cash transactions.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.