Winter Speaker Series

2022-2023 Zoom Speaker Series

Episode 1: Arrivals

Mauricio Handler, Natural History & Underwater Cinematographer

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 7:00pm

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s (FOMB) third presentation of their 26th annual Winter Speaker Series, Episode 1: Arrivals; features Mauricio Handler, Natural History and Underwater Cinematographer. FOMB’s Winter Speaker Series presentations are again being held via Zoom and are accessible via hyperlink at the top of the FOMB web page: This event took place Wednesday, December 14th.

“Episode 1: Arrivals” is a wildlife documentary, to be part of a larger series called "American Waters." In tonight’s presentation, Handler, producer and cinematographer for the series, discusses his ongoing efforts to document Maine’s coastal and fresh water species arriving here in the spring. The one hour special "Arrivals” tells the intertwining stories of various aquatic species and the characters that benefit from their annual migration to Maine's coastal waters, estuaries, rivers and ponds.

Mauricio Handler is a Natural History & Underwater Cinematographer based in Maine. As Cinematographer, Director of Photography and Producer at his company Aquaterrafilms, Handler has contributed and collaborated on various documentary films and specials around the world including The Humboldt Current (Curiosity Stream / HBO Max), Perpetual Planet: Heroes of the Ocean (BBC / Rolex) and Our Universe (a Netflix Production). Mauricio produced and filmed his series Ocean Secrets and World of Oceans, both of which are distributed internationally to TV networks around the world. His latest contribution aired this past summer on CNN in the six episode CNN Original Series, Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World.  Mauricio lives in Durham, Maine with his wife and business partner Julia and their English Springer Tristan. 

FOMB hosts their Winter Speaker Series October-May, the second Wednesday of each month. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the series continues via Zoom. The FOMB January 11th presentation: Where the Wild Things Were features noted Author, Will Stolzenburg in discussion with FOMB Chair, Ed Friedman. This event takes place at 7:00 pm with the Zoom access link available at a week or so prior to the presentation.

Speaker Series presentations are free, open to the public. Visit to see speaker biographiesfull event schedules, video recordings of past presentationsbecome a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay and the Gulf of Maine.

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