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April 23rd: 1st in the 2019 Forestry Series

Last Updated: 22.Apr.2019

The 2019 Forestry Series is based around the theme of  "Changes in the Forests and Fields Around US - a deep dive into the phenology and ever-changing world of the Black River Watershed". Over the course of the summer we will explore the flora and fauna of our region and the seasonal changes they experience.

The series will take place monthly, 7:30pm on Tuesdays, except for the final talk in October which will occur on a Thursday. All talks are hosted at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center Activity Center, are free and open to the public with refreshments served. 

Tuesday April 23rdat 7:30pm: The great amphibian migration.
Jim Andrews (Founder of the Vermont Herp Atlas) – During the first 40 degree, rainy evening of each spring, thousands of amphibians wake from their winter slumber and begin a well-orchestrated migration from forests to their spring breeding grounds.  Come learn more about these amazing events that occur annually, the species you are likely to see during the migration, and how you can help conserve these important species.  

Tuesday May 21stat 7:30pm: Spring wildflowers and the changes in our plants during late spring
Liz Thompson (Vermont Land Trust) – Each spring, before the hardwood leaves emerge, the flush of spring light to the forest floor allows for a very short, yet incredible display of ephemeral wildflowers.  Come learn more about the species of wildflowers and other interesting plants in our area, where to look for them, and what you can expect to find in the forests in late spring.  

Tuesday June 25th at 7:30pm: The birds of summer.
Bridget Butler (AKA The Bird Diva) - Ahhh, the birds of summer! Who are they, where are they and what are they up to during the summer? Bird Diva Bridget Butler will show us how to take a look at interesting bird behaviors, family dynamics, drama & the transition into fall. Her presentation will feature some photos from Vermont bird photographers and stories from her birding adventures in her backyard and beyond. 

Tuesday July 23rdat 7:30pm: The insects of summer.
Emily Meacham (Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation) – We wouldn’t have birds without insects!  People often associate summer in the woods with black flies, mosquitos, and deer flies, but there are many more (and much more interesting) insects that can be found in our forests, fields, and waterways.  Come learn about the incredible diversity of insects around you and leave with a new appreciation for the thousands of insects that don’t leave you scratching!

Tuesday August 13that 7:30pm: Fish behavior in late summer: what do fish do when the water warms up.
Pete Emerson (Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) – Like animals on land, fish change their behavior over the course of the summer and fall.  This may be to find food, stay cool, or to prepare for breeding.  Come learn about what fish are doing in late summer and where to find them.

Tuesday September 10that 7:30pm: Why leaves change color and what trees do to prepare for winter.  
Josh Halman (Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation) – Each year the hillsides in Vermont light up in a cacophony of colors, but why does this happen?  Is it the colder temperatures, the changes in the length of the day, the countless thousands of tourists snapping pictures?  What do these changes have to do with how a tree prepares for the cold winter months?  Come learn the answers to these questions and more, as we dive deep into the science of fall foliage.

Thursday October 10that 7:30pm: What are mammals doing to prepare for winter?
Jill Kilborn (New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept.) – Snowshoe hares change their fur color in the winter, but when does this happen and why?  Come learn about interesting adaptions of the mammals of our northern forest, and what they are doing in late fall as the seasons change.   

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