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The Lewiston Public Library is hosting Elizabeth Farnsworth, author of the recently revised Peterson Field Guide "Ferns of northeastern and central North America," for a special talk and booksigning on Tuesday evening, February 21 at 7pm.  This free public program is being co-sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club and the Delta Institute of Natural History.  Tom Vining from Delta will have copies of her new book available for sale that evening (along with a wide selection of other botanical and natural history books).  If you are planning to attend and would like to reserve a copy, please contact Tom via email at [log in to unmask] or by calling him: 207-266-5748.

I'll paste in a news release about the program below.  If you have any questions about this event, please contact me.

Rick Speer
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home phone: (207) 783-8463

Lewiston Public Library News Release
February 13, 2006

Noted botanist, writer and illustrator Elizabeth Farnsworth, co-author of the new Peterson Field Guide "Ferns of northeastern and central North America," will give an illustrated talk on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston Public Library. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The presentation will be informal, with Farnsworth sharing some amusing anecdotes about the process of updating the guide as she points out what is new and different about this edition of the book. General information on ferns and their ecology will also be discussed. The talk will conclude with a question-and-answer session and an opportunity for attendees to get copies of the author's book signed. 

Farnsworth is currently a Bullard Fellow of Harvard University, where she is involved in research on the ecology and geographical distribution of rare plants in New England.  After serving as Senior Research Ecologist with the New England Wild Flower Society, where she directed a five-year project to plan for the conservation and management of over 100 species of rare plants, she is illustrating the forthcoming Flora of New England.  She is an ecological consultant to the National Park Service, the U. S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts and Connecticut Natural Heritage Programs, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   

Prior to joining the New England Wild Flower Society, she was a National Science Foundation Fellow and faculty member at Smith College, and Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut.  She has done scientific research on a variety of ecosystems throughout the world, focusing on the ecology of tropical mangrove forests, impacts of climatic change and invasive species on organisms, and restoration and conservation.  

Farnsworth earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University, her Masters degree at the University of Vermont, and her doctorate at Harvard University.  In addition to her current work at Harvard, she serves on the graduate faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is authoring her second book, a source-to-sea guide to the Connecticut River. 

Farnsworth's talk at the Lewiston Library is co-sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club and the Delta Institute of Natural History in Bowdoin, Maine.  The Stanton Bird Club owns and manages Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary in Lewiston. Long-time steward of the sanctuary, Susan Hayward, points to the venerable Peterson Field Guide Series as invaluable to naturalists at any level for the easy identification of plants. "This new fern guide by Elizabeth Farnsworth is a welcome revision to a reliable but now outdated classic." She looks forward to using it at Thorncrag, she says, which supports 18 fern species on its 312 acres of woodlands and fields. Hayward, in fact, is planning to offer a free public "Ferns of Thorncrag" workshop and field trip for this summer as a follow-up to Farnsworth's presentation.

Joining Stanton as co-sponsor of the Feb. 21 event is the Delta Institute, an environmental education center and bookstore located in Bowdoin, Maine.  Delta provides courses, field trips, and presentations covering a variety of natural history topics and outdoor skills for professional conservation biologists and interested amateurs.  The Institute will have copies of Farnsworth's new book, as well as assorted other books on related topics, available for perusal and purchase following the talk.

Elizabeth Farnsworth's talk will take place in Callahan Hall of the Lewiston Library's new Marsden Hartley Cultural Center. The library is located at 200 Lisbon Street (Rte. 196) in downtown Lewiston. More information is available by calling the library at 784-0135, or visiting the LPL website at www.lplonline.org .

Rick Speer, Director
Lewiston Public Library   www.lplonline.org
200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston ME 04240
(207) 784-0135, ext. 208
TTY: (207) 784-3123; Fax: (207) 784-3011

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