Inspired by a life-long passion for the pond and motivated by David Rockefeller’s gift of 1,000 acres to the MDI Land & Garden Preserve in 2015, Island residents Samuel Eliot and John Rivers began working on a book they called “Little Long Pond: A Field Guide to Four Seasons.”
The intent of the authors was to create a book that provides relevant information on the pond including both scientific and personal observations. The book also contains a wide array of photographs of the pond taken in all seasons by local photographers John Rivers, Kenn Chandler and Tom Lawrence. With support from the directors of the Greenrock Corp. and the Preserve, as well as members of the Rockefeller family, the authors produced a volume that celebrates a place that is like no other on Mount Desert Island. Chapters have been written by local experts including Anne Funderburk (history), Duane Braun (geology), Linda Gregory (botany) and Rich MacDonald (ornithology). During this process, they learned about the natural cycles that contribute to the eutrophication, and asked Steve Katona to contribute to the final chapter, “The Life Cycle of a Pond.”
The authors will speak about the pond, the creation of the book and some of the environmental and ethical questions about the pond’s future.
For more information, call the library at 288-4245.