Ecological Expeditions Fall 2021 Series Program descriptions
This program includes a 60 minute virtual webinar presentation via Zoom with a discussion and Q and A, which will introduce topics and relevant literature. After the 2-hour field program, participants will receive lists of species encountered (including an eBird checklist) and additional information resources.
Monday, October 18; 6pm – Zoom Webinar
Saturday, October 23, 9-11 am – Field session at Banningwood Preserve, Lyme
America’s rivers have greatly improved since the Clean Water Act was passed “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” We’ll discover how the rich and abundant diversity of invertebrates living on and within the stream bottom can provide exacting information about water and habitat quality. You will never look at a stream in the same way again! Terrain is gentle.
Autumn Forest Ecology
Monday, November 15; 6 pm – Zoom Webinar
Saturday, November 20, 9-11 am – Field session at Osewagatchie Hills, East Lyme
This month’s outing will explore the undulating hills and boggy hollows of this 457-acre preserve. The trees will have lost their leaves, but abundant cover remains in the form of thick undergrowth of Mountain Laurel throughout the forest. We’ll explore the ways animals prepare for the winter season ahead, and discuss ways that people might responsibly assist them. Terrain is moderate
Winter Solstice and Community Conservation
Monday, December 13; 6pm – Zoom Webinar
Saturday, December 18. 9-11 am 9 Field session at RTP Estuary Center and Champlain North Open Space
Our last outing of the year will explore the grounds of the newly established RTP Estuary Center as well as (conditions permitting) the nearby Champlain North Open Space managed by the Town of Old Lyme. In addition to looking for signs of life on one of the shortest days of the year, we’ll consider the question of what, exactly, is conservation, and how is it best achieved by citizens, groups, and governments on the heavily developed Connecticut shoreline? Terrain is gentle, but dress for the weather. After the walk, enjoy a hot chocolate.