The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Heidi Holman will present “Buterflies of NH” at Bretzfelder Park August 28 at 6 p.m.
The free program is part of the annual summer Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.
Heidi Holman is a wildlife diversity biologist with the NH Fish and Game Department. She grew up in southwest N.H. and was fortunate enough to return to the state after receiving her M.S degree from the University of Minnesota in Conservation Biology. Her primary responsibilities include implementation of recovery efforts for the Karner blue butterfly and the New England cottontail rabbit with habitat restoration and release of individuals from captive breeding programs. Her current focus is using knowledge gained from the recovery effort for Karner blue butterfly to conserve other Lepidoptera in the state.
There has been a significant decline in pollinators documented across the globe, with most evidence collected in Europe and North America. This very industrious group of insects not only includes domesticated honey bees, but also thousands of native bees, butterflies, beetles, and moths. A combination of threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, agrochemicals, pathogens, invasive species, and climate change has been the primary drivers. Join NH Fish and Game Biologist Heidi Holman to explore some of the butterflies of NH that are among the Species of Greatest Conservation Need, and discuss actions we can all take to preserve the diversity of butterflies in the state by keeping common species common.
Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites. Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in August and February.