A series of natural history programs about Adirondack wildlife will be held at the Whallonsburg Grange in Essex, NY. The series begins with naturalist and photographer Susan Morse speaking on Friday, February 21. Morse’s lecture, entitled “Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them” will be held at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $8.
Morse, Founder and Director of Keeping Track, Inc., describes says the program is not about climate change itself, or even how it will affect us; rather, it’s designed to educate audiences about ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected, with more serious challenges ahead.
Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and arctic marine and waterfowl ecology are some of the species and subjects that will be covered in this slide show. This program will devote equal time to sharing images of animals and their northern habitats–all in the spirit of Jane Goodall’s “reason for hope.”
The series continues in March with a back-to-back lecture and field class on March 7 and 8, 2014 about winter bird language and behavior. Instructor Connor Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with 10 years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He is the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches courses in bird language, wildcrafting, and land stewardship around the Northeast.
Stedman’s lecture entitled Bird Language Through the Seasons will be held on Friday March 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $8. During the lecture Stedman will review the basics of bird language and then explore how birds journey through the seasons in their strategies for survival.
The subsequent field class, entitled Winter Bird Language and Behavior will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 9 am-1 pm. Cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. To preregister participants should email firstname.lastname@example.org. During the half-day field class Stedman will explore the relationship between bird language, tracking, and winter ecology just two weeks before the spring equinox.
Upcoming programs in the series will include presentations on moss, rattlesnakes and spring wetlands.
The wildlife program series is being presented by the Northeast Wilderness Trust, a conservation organization that uses creative partnerships with landowners to protect forever-wild landscapes throughout the northeastern United States, and Elizabeth Lee, a NYS Licensed Guide and naturalist from Westport, NY who leads recreational and educational programs throughout the year.
Photo courtesy Susan C. Morse.