Science writer in A Year in the Gulf of Maine

Nov 02, 2012

Belfast — Science writer Catherine Schmitt will read and discuss seasonal selections from her award-winning book, “A Coastal Companion,” Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Her talk, titled A Year in the Gulf of Maine from Cape Cod to Canada, will be delivered at the monthly meeting of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.

“A Coastal Companion” details a journey through the year in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed, which includes land from eastern Massachusetts to southwestern Nova Scotia. A chronicle of changes through the seasons both above and within the sea, “A Coastal Companion” follows the arrival and departure of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall; schools of fish as they move in and out of our region; and the natural cycles of our bays, rivers, marshes and coastal forests. Part field guide, part almanac, the book also highlights writers, artists and scientists who have chosen the Gulf of Maine as their subject matter.

Schmitt is a science writer living in Bangor. She coordinates communications for the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, where she also teaches in the departments of English and mass communication/journalism.

Schmitt holds a master of science degree in ecology and environmental science from the University of Maine. She has worked in mountains, streams, wetlands, and beaches throughout the Northeast. This background informs and inspires her writing, which appears in newspapers, magazines and literary journals.

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic and public access resources in the watershed through research, community-building and education.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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