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? Speaker Dr. Pamela Hunt, Avian Conservation Biologist with NH Audubon, will provide 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.
Speaker Charles Cogbill, forest ecologist and co-author of The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, 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.
Red River Theatres Earth Care Series encourages conversation about our community and the planet as a whole. Each film is preceded by a reception in The Hotel Concord lobby at 5pm, where we encourage you to stop by and discuss the upcoming film with other attendees. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts on the film's topic, and enthusiastic community members.
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. Speaker: Harry Vogel, Senior Biologist/Executive Director of the Loon Preservation Committee.
People always think it’s all about granite in New Hampshire – the “Granite State” identity dates back to the early nineteenth century, even before the First Geological Survey was authorized by the state legislature in 1839. Although the nickname is well-deserved given the widespread occurrence of granite and early importance of granite quarries as local, then commercial, sources of building stone, it fails to convey the true complexity of the geology that is found here.
We have some amazing flying mammals that are skilled insect combatants. Did you know that the FDA estimates that these wonderful bats supply us with an estimated $3.5 BILLION in free insect control? Learn more about this native and natural mosquito control and their struggle with White-Nose Syndrome. Come meet some of the Center for Wildlife’s bat ambassadors! Optional backyard bat box building workshop follows. Program is open to all ages; parental guidance and additional fee required for bat box building.
Learn the common names of popular tree species on a gentle stroll. We will take a second look at leaf evidence, bark, buds, seeds, and more to assist in identification. Meet Henry, the Center for Wildlife’s non-releasable North American porcupine ambassador and learn about Henry’s favorite foods like black birch, oak, hemlock, maple, and of course acorns! Program and walk open to all ages.
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Creek Farm, 400 Little Harbor Rd, Portsmouth, NH