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The Amazing World of Spiders
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Amazing World of Spiders

A spider’s web covered with dew, glistening in the morning sun is one of the most beautiful and amazing structures in the natural world. Many of us have learned about spiders by reading “Charlotte’s Web” as children or parents. However, these familiar images of spiders are just the beginning of an amazing array of spider shapes, sizes, colors, capabilities and lifestyles which can be found in our own neighborhoods and around the world. Spider webs six feet across, spider silk stronger than steel, spiders that spit silk onto their prey and spiders that can hunt small fish are just a few of the amazing stories to be shared.

A long-time admirer of spiders, Ted Gilman is senior naturalist and environmental education specialist at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT. He has served as an instructor in Audubon Workshops in Connecticut, Maine, Kenya, and Trinidad & Tobago. A graduate of Earlham College, he also did graduate work in environmental education and natural resources at Cornell University.

Mr. Gilman’s program on spiders will combine a PowerPoint presentation, illustrations, living specimens, “spider ghosts” and reference materials to help us to a better appreciation of these very special engineers and hunters.

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How to Coexist with Bears in our Midst: The Facts, the Myths, the Reality
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

How to Coexist with Bears in our Midst: The Facts, the Myths, the Reality

Join Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as she talks about black bears, focusing on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. She also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population and her personal observations on CT Black Bears.

Ginny moved from Texas to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted, CT 14 years ago which brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Climate Change, SLAMM II, and Resiliency Planning
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Climate Change, SLAMM II, and Resiliency Planning

Long Island Sound’s saltmarshes provide critically important habitat for a variety of water-birds, yet are among the most vulnerable habitats to climate change. Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) is a mathematical model uses digital elevation data and other information to simulate potential impacts of long-term sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines. SLAMM II adds additional factors including restrictions to march migration like culverts. David Kozak of the DEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs will discuss how SLAMM II can be used to  predict concerns like road and wastewater plant flooding so that resiliency plans can be made.

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Amphibians of Connecticut
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Amphibians of Connecticut

Every frog and salamander is cool in it’s own way. Join Ranger Russ Miller from the Meigs Point Nature Center and learn all about Connecticut’s native amphibian species in this fun program and then vote for the one that you think is the coolest one of all.

Ranger Russ has worked for the CT DEEP as an environmental educator with the department since 1985, beginning at the Rocky Neck Nature Center and working there until 2001 when he took over as the director of the Meigs Point Nature Center. That center became a year round facility in 2005.

Throughout his time with the DEEP he has been bringing high-quality environmental education programs to millions of school children and park visitors at the Nature Center and at schools, fairs, and various special events.

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Ecological Landscaping
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Ecological Landscaping

Are you interested in cultivating a garden that is in harmony with nature?

This presentation by Maggie Redfern, Interim Director of the Connecticut College Arboretum, will introduce environmentally sound practices including planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, letting naturalized plants grow, minimizing water consumption, reducing fossil fuel use, and not using chemicals.

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