Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Adult Nature History Lecture Series

Here is an announcement from the Director of the CAS Coastal Center at Milford Point, Frank Gallo:

Adult Nature History Lecture Series
At the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point

Join us each month at the Coastal Center as conservation and wildlife experts come in to share with you their knowledge on an array of topics. Pre-registration is required for all programs. No fee but donations are appreciated.

Osprey in Connecticut - Thursday, March 17th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us as Julie Victoria, wildlife biologist for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, gives a lecture on one of the most fascinating birds of prey - the osprey. Did you know that fish make up to 99% of an osprey’s diet and they can dive from some 30-100 feet in order to catch their food? Therefore, the food-rich salt marsh habitat around the Coastal Center makes it the ideal place for osprey. With luck, we may spot one that has returned from its long journey back north.

Amphibians in Decline - Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Did you know that one-third of the world’s amphibian populations are in decline and that just in the last two decades alone 168 amphibian species have gone extinct? Come find out the causes for these staggering statistics as Connecticut Audubon Society conservation biologist Twan Leenders shares with you recently collected information from his trip to study amphibians in Costa Rica.

Horseshoe Crab Tagging and Lecture - Tuesday, May 31st, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Although usually overlooked, horseshoe crabs are one of the most remarkable creatures on our planet. Having changed little over the last 250 million years, these arthropods are frequent visitors to our shorelines. Come join Dr. Jennifer Mattei and Dr. Mark Beekey of Sacred Heart University as they teach you even more about these amazing creatures. The program will even conclude with a horseshoe crab tagging session out on the beach for those who are interested. Wear old sneakers or water shoes.

Bats - Tuesday, June 14th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
With the 1,100 different type of bat species representing nearly 20% of all mammal species, these animals are definitely worth learning about! Join Christina Kocer and Jenny Dickson, wildlife biologists for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, as they teach us about these incredible flying mammals.

Call Louise at 203-878-7440 to register.
Cost: Free (donations appreciated)

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