BELFAST — This winter the Belfast Garden Club Evening Lecture Series co-sponsored by the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of the Belfast Free Library, will focus on the effects of the Climate Crisis on local environments.

In the first program on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., Catherine Schmitt, environmental scientist from the Schoodic Institute, will give a presentation about the “Landscape of Change” project on Mount Desert Island.

The talk will be offered on Zoom. To register for the Zoom link, go to https://belfastlibrary.org/abcd-events/and find the link.

Back in the 1880s, a group of Harvard students, known as the Champlain Society, sparked conservation efforts that eventually led to the formation of Acadia National Park. Today their logbooks are serving a broader environmental purpose.

Schmitt will describe how the Landscape of Change project uses the Champlain Society logbooks as a baseline to measure the effects of climate change. She’ll speak on what’s been learned about MDI’s changing landscape so far, the value of collaboration for monitoring the climate crisis, and the ways everyone can participate in understanding landscapes of change.

Catherine Schmitt, whose multi-faceted background includes serving as director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine. Courtesy of Belfast Free Library

Catherine Schmitt’s multi-faceted background includes serving as director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine. She has published two books, “The President’s Salmon,” a history of the wild Atlantic salmon and its Maine habitat, and “Historic Acadia National Park.” She is currently the Schoodic Institute’s science communication specialist.

The Evening Lecture Series continues Feb. 28 with a panel discussion on Community Composting, and on March 28 with a talk by Dr. Laura Osher, titled “Rx for a Chaotic Climate: Healthy Soils.” For more information, visit belfastlibrary.org.