Cold is Cool Speaker Series Launches January 6
Our "Cold is Cool" outreach program will keep you connected with the outdoors safely, whether you are isolating at home or trying out winter hiking for the first time. Plug in to watch and learn from expert speakers and then unplug outside! We'll also explore why it's important that our winters stay cold and snowy, as so many local animals, plants and other wildlife have specifically adapted to thrive under these conditions.
The speaker series kicks off on January 6 and runs through February. You can register for the free Zoom presentations on our events page and if you miss a speaker, we'll be posting the recording of each program here.
January 6: Got Milkweed? Milkweed Community Connections with Katie Galletta
In this pre-recorded, Zoom presentation, join Bowdoin College student Katie Galletta to learn about Monarchs, milkweed and more from her summer-long research project studying interactions between Monarch butterflies and the larger milkweed community. Learn about the perils and protections for insects eating milkweed.
There are 11 specially adapted insect species of that feed on milkweed leaves. “Herbivorous insects on milkweed are from many different orders - there’s the monarch butterfly, but also beetles, flies, aphids, and even a moth.” When a milkweed plants become stressed as insects feed, it can release chemical signals including toxins that Monarchs butterflies sense. When you see a monarch flitting from plant to plant, the butterflies are using their feet and their long tongues to sense chemical markers in the plants.
Galletta visited 28 different study sites across southern New Hampshire, from Portsmouth to Peterborough, including the Forest Society’s High Five Reservation and the Tom Rush Forest in Deering. Many study sites located on lands conserved by municipalities or land trusts including the Forest Society, New Hampshire Audubon and Harris Center for Conservation Education
- A Forest Journal story on Katie Galletta and her research and one on monarchs, milkweed and mowing.
- A book Katie recommends called Monarchs & Milkweed.
- Managing forests for milkweed.
January 13: Restoring New Hampshire's Bald Eagle Population with Chris Martin