Program meets monthly Saturdays, April – November 2020; 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ever wonder how does nature work? Do you enjoy exploring wild places? Discover new locations and get to know your non-human neighbors that share our corner of the world. This unique program combines in-depth environmental science with insightful explorations and hands-on experiences in some of the most special and protected areas in southeastern Connecticut. Each month will emphasize different themes depending on seasonal rhythms (although we can always count on nature adding surprises!). In addition to using scientific equipment and collecting ecological data, plant and wildlife species will be identified and their behavior and ecological roles will be investigated. The role of humans in the landscape, past and present, will also be considered especially in the context of current conservation and environmental quality issues. All programs are led by Connecticut Audubon Society conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni with special guest experts.
Before heading out into the field, an optional one-hour indoor presentation and discussion will introduce topics and relevant literature. Indoor presentation will take place at the RTP Estuary Center the Wednesday before the field session at 7pm. After the 2.5-hour field program, participants will receive lists of species encountered (including an eBird checklist) and additional information resources.
This program is great for curious naturalists including:
– High school or college students interested in ecology, biology or environmental science
– Graduates of master naturalist training programs seeking to apply their knowledge, or those interested in such programs
– Citizens interested in local environmental and conservation issues
For the complete list of dates and locations, click here
Each field trip is $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students
or when you register for 3 programs in the series, the fourth is free!
Register here for all program dates!
Mar 21$65 members; $95, nonmembers
Apr 4$6 for adults and $4 for seniors (60+); free for children age 12 and under