Coastal Conversations 7/22/22: Landscape of Change

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Coastal Conversations: Conversations with people who live, work, and play on the Maine coast, hosted by the University of Maine Sea Grant Program.

Today our show is about the Mount Desert Island-based project called a Landscape of Change. Landscape of Change is a collaborative project with the goal of compiling and publishing historical records of natural history observations on Mount Desert Island, dating back to the late 1800s, and comparing these with contemporary data to document change over time.
While the project focuses on the science of environmental change, it also explores how every-day people can collect meaningful scientific data, and how people might choose to respond to ecological change, as individuals, as artists, as natural resource managers, as activists or even as a society as a whole.

1. What are the historical records that provide the baseline from which your are able to document ecological change on Mount Desert Island?
2. What are the modern methods of data collection that citizens are involved in collecting?
3. What are the changes you have found in MDI’s natural environment in the past 100+ years
4. How can citizens and visitors become involved and learn more?

Raney Bench, Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Johanna Blackman, Executive Director of A Climate to Thrive
Jennifer Steen Booher, Artist-in-residence with MDI Historical Society.
Seth Benz, Director of Bird Ecology at Schoodic Institute at Acadia Nation Park
Catherine Schmitt, science writer with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Kyle Lima, Data Analyst, also with the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

About the host:

Natalie Springuel has hosted Coastal Conversation’s since 2015, with support from the University of Maine Sea Grant where she has served as a marine extension associate for 20 years. In 2019, Springuel received an award for Public Affairs programming from the Maine Association of Broadcasters for the Coastal Conversations show called “Portland’s Working Waterfront.” Springuel is passionate about translating science, sharing stories, and offering a platform for multiple voices to weigh in on complex coastal and ocean issues. She has recently enrolled in audio production training at Maine Media Workshop to dive deeper into making great community radio.