Public meetings are at the Canoe Brook Center (map) on the fourth Wednesday of the months September through June.

Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Outer Lands: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and the Evolving Nature of the Coastline of Southeastern New England
Patrick Lynch

This talk will look at the environmental history of New England’s “Outer Lands,” the ocean-facing coasts of Cape Cod and the Islands, eastern Long Island, and the Long Island Sound region. This region has seen dramatic ecological shifts in the past 25,000 years, and with global climate change the pace of transformation is accelerating. The next century will bring profound changes to our home region and the wild environments we love. The talk will include material from Patrick’s book A Field Guide to Long Island Sound (2017), and his newest book A Field Guide to Cape Cod (2019).

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
Three Short Films

Bluebird Man: The story of  Al Larson, a self-taught conservation hero who has committed the last 40 years of his life to saving North America’s bluebirds.

After retiring from his job at a sawmill plant near Boise, Idaho, he began building nest boxes to help these cavity nesting birds that faced loss of the tree snags that they previously used as well as competition from European Starlings and other introduced species. Four decades later, at the age of 96, Larson is monitoring almost 350 nest boxes on six different bluebird trails.

Breathtaking scenery, intimate conversations and stunning footage of all three species of bluebird create a powerful film with the goal of inspiring our next generation of citizen scientists.

Thinning Forests to Save the Birds: Meet John Hoover and Mike and Laura Jackson, Pennsylvania landowners who are using targeted cuts to manage for diverse forests on their properties.

Healthy forests, just like healthy human populations, are sustained by a diversity of ages. Each group has a role to play in maintaining the whole community over the long term. 

But forests are becoming homogenous especially in the East, and diverse forests are on the decline. The loss of diverse forests negatively impacts on many different wildlife species, including the golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler.

bag it: Is your life too plastic?: Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.

What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what wet we can do about it.

Today. Right now.