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September 10: Why leaves change color - 2019 Forestry Series

Last Updated: 18.Aug.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 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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