Conservation lecture series begins April 14


The third annual spring lecture series sponsored by Downeast Audubon and Blue Hill Heritage Trust will focus on “who is in the landscape” with presentations on beetles, birds and bees. The three-part series begins on April 14. All lectures will be held in the Howard Room of the Blue Hill Public Library with a reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and presentation and Q&A from 7 to 8 p.m., according to a news release from BHHT.

On Monday, April 14, Darren J. Ranco will present a talk on “The Emerald Ash Borer and Wabanaki Basketmakers: Building Resilience and Sustainability while Preparing for an Invasive Species.” Jennifer Neptune, who has been working with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance for over 20 years to preserve traditions of ash and sweetgrass basketry, will join Ranco for this program. Ranco and Neptune will show the ways that university researchers and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance have facilitated a process to prevent, detect, and respond to the emerald ash borer, a potentially devastating invasive threat to basket resources in Maine.

Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, is an associate professor of anthropology and Chairman of Native American Programs at the University of Maine.

An artist, writer, and herbalist, Jennifer Neptune is also a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation and has worked in the field of cultural preservation for over 25 years.

This lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or contact BHHT’s office at 374-5118 or