Cottrell-Baldwin Lecture Series 2019 – From the Ground Up
Join us for the 2019 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series at the Henry I. Baldwin Environmental Center at Fox Forest in Hillsborough. This year’s series explores topics from the bedrock that underlies the hillsides of the Granite State upward to the original forests that covered them, to the loons whose haunting voice echo across our spring time waters and dragons and delicate damsels that dance through the summer air.
A collection of photographs by Ken Harvey are on display at the Forest Society's Conservation Center in Concord until the end of December 2018.
Ken Harvey received his initial formal training in art while studying architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City. Courses included color theory, composition, and other training that was directly transferable to photography. This set the stage for his appreciation of all forms of visual art. A subsequent course in cinematography provided additional insight that proved to be invaluable.
This fun event introduces participants to the amazing adaptations of native owls. We’ll meet at Creek Farm in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to learn about native owl species, their ecology, adaptations, and meet local representatives up close! Following the presentation, we’ll take a short walk into the surrounding habitat to call for owls and listen for whooo might call back. We welcome owl prowlers of all ages, but please remember that patience and a quiet atmosphere are crucial for owl prowling.
On these special tours, learn from forestry experts with Bay State Forestry, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the Forest Society about the roles of the landowner, consulting forester and logging contractor. You’ll see an active timber sale layout from stumps to the landing and learn which trees are marked to cut and why. You’ll learn about wood markets, timber volumes and values. We’ll also discuss how non-timber features including water quality are protected during logging and how wildlife habitats and recreational trails can be enhanced.
On these special tours, learn from forestry experts with Meadowsend Timberlands, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the Forest Society about the roles of the landowner, consulting forester and logging contractor. You’ll see an active timber sale layout from stumps to the landing and learn which trees are marked to cut and why. You’ll learn about wood markets, timber volumes and values. We’ll also discuss how non-timber features including water quality are protected during logging and how wildlife habitats and recreational trails can be enhanced.
What happened here? Whose footprint is that? Join Center for Wildlife and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to answer these questions and more! Following an environmental education program including live animal ambassadors from the Center for Wildlife, we will take a hike and identify the tracks of our local wildlife as well as the evidence of several telltale wildlife encounters! By recognizing the wing-prints of an owl catching their prey, or the midden left over by a red squirrel's snack, we can learn so much about our wildlife's winter habits!
Welcome to the fascinating world of the insect order Odonata! You may be familiar with the dragonflies buzzing over your yard in the summer, or the damselflies that land on your kayak, but what do you REALLY know about these ancient insects? Pamela provides an overview of the biology and ecology of dragonflies and damselflies, from their amazing life cycle (content alert: some pretty crazy reproductive behavior is involved!) to their incredible diversity.
Charles will provide a fascinating introduction to the forests of New Hampshire from the emergence of the forests 12,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age to the time of European arrival. We will learn about the latest in scientific research that helps explain how the forests have changed over time to what we have today. Charles will also discuss (the role of) key ecological forces such as climate change, insects, disease and wind storms and other agents of forest change.
The Loon Preservation Committee was formed in 1975 with its mission to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the larger natural world. Come learn more about loon natural history, challenges facing loons, and LPC’s activities in support of loons in New Hampshire.