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Midcoast Audubon: “Welcome to the Pyrocene” with David Govatski (Zoom)

Thursday, February 15 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Welcome to the Pyrocene: Ecological Implications for a Planet on Fire

The Mid-Coast Audubon‘s series of nature talks in partnership with the Camden Public Library continues on Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 PM on Zoom with David Govatski, former fire management office for the US Forest Service.

“Pyrocene” is a term used to describe the human use of fire and how it impacts our planet. The term was first coined in 2015 by Stephen Pyne of Arizona State University. Fire can be a friend or foe. This program will describe how humans first harnessed fire and eventually switched to burning fossil fuels. We will then discuss forest fire ecology, zombie forests, prescribed fire, fire weather, and related topics to better understand the ecological implications of a planet that seems to be on fire.

This is a virtual program on Zoom. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-9P_lLctSAmKmhNUn6J-yw

David Govatski is a naturalist and author. He retired after working for the US Forest Service for over 30 years. He served as a fire management officer on a national interagency incident management team for eight years. David’s first job in the Forest Service was as a fire lookout on the Devil’s Head Lookout on the Pike National Forest in Colorado. He worked on the Redmond Hotshot firefighting crew on the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon and worked on numerous large forest fires, including the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. He also worked on multiple prescribed fires in his career. David has maintained a strong personal interest in the study of fire ecology.


Mid-Coast Audubon is a chapter of Audubon, and affiliated with Maine Audubon. We cover the midcoast inland from Boothbay Harbor, west to Windsor and China, and east along the coast to Bucksport. Our mission is to promote long-term, responsible use of natural resources through informed membership, education and community awareness.

Throughout the year fascinating and informative programs are presented (free!) via the Camden Public Library, and there are numerous field trips to see birds and learn about the natural history of Maine. Come be part of the fun and learning. Check out our events page for dates/times. You can also watch the recorded presentations from earlier programs.