White Memorial Conservation Center
100th Anniversary 1913-2013
P.O. Box 368, Litchfield, CT 06759
860-567-0857

Gerri Griswold
Director of Administration and Development
Telephone: (860) 567-0857
Fax: (860) 567-2611

The White Memorial Foundation:
The First 100 Years, The Legacy of Alain and May White
by Keith Cudworth (WMF Executive Director)
In honoring the White Memorial Foundation's 100th Anniversary,
 Executive Director Keith Cudworth penned a beautiful book celebrating
Alain and May White, the two greatest land conservationists in Connecticut's history!
Stop by the Museum Gift Shop  to purchase a copy.

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White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events

Solar Eclipse Party
Monday, August 21 ~ 1:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club to host Eclipse party
on August 21st at White Memorial Conservation Center.

The “Great American Eclipse”, as the press
has labeled it, will be on Monday, August 21st.  
Although Connecticut is well out of the path where the Sun
will be totally eclipsed by the Moon, the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and White Memorial
Conservation Center in Litchfield are hosting a
special daytime program to observe the eclipse.  
The eclipse party will start at 1pm in the
 Activity field and last until 3pm or so.
There will not be a talk, and the event will not
 take place if the weather is cloudy or bad.

To view the eclipse safely, you MUST use the proper solar glasses.  
The Museum shop at White Memorial has a
supply of them and is selling them for only $1.  
The club will also have telescopes equipped with the appropriate filters.  
Through a telescope you can see sunspots and prominences
- areas where vast amounts of gas are being ejected from the Sun.

The program is free, and all ages are welcome.  
Children must be accompanied by an adult.   
Come see the “Great American Eclipse” with us!
For more details, see the club calendar at lhastro.org
or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com.
1:00 p.m. ~ Meet on the A. B. Ceder Room lawn.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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August 17 - 23
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick
in honor of Ann and Arthur Diedrick.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Nature's Nursery Series
(Ages 3-6)
Thursday, August 24 ~ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on one Thursday per month for an hour-long
program designed just for children 3-6 years old.
Every session will include a story, an encounter
with a live animal, and an activity or craft.
Bring your young nature lovers out to White Memorial
for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning.
Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5 p.m.
Advanced registration is required.
Space is limited and fills up quickly.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $7/child per session,
Non-Members $12/child per session

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Star Party
Friday, August 25 ~ 8:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills
Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.

The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club will begin its August 25
 star party with a discussion & display of photos of Monday's solar eclipse.
In Connecticut we will only a partial eclipse, but in other parts of the country
 the Sun will be completely obscured (eclipsed) by the Moon for as long
as 2 minutes, 48 seconds.  We'll discuss the eclipse and show photos.  
Members of the public are welcome to bring and show photos as well.

Talk starts in the AB Ceder room at 8:00 PM.
 After the talk there will be stargazing
at the observatory if the weather permits.  
Free and open to the public.  
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  
Dress warmly, as even in the summer it may be chilly.
The club holds regular star parties at White Memorial.
For more details, see the club calendar at lhastro.org
or email the club at lhaacsec@gmail.com.

You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Exploring Spruce Hill and Schermerhorn Hill
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, August 26 ~ 2:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend some quality time discovering the beautiful twists and turns,
 stone walls and bridges, and plant and animal life which are so
abundant throughout this beautiful property. Carry a little
afternoon snack and we'll dine alfresco by the stream.
2:00 P.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room.
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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An Evening at Little Pond
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, September 2 ~ 6:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join Gerri Griswold in search of Wood Ducks, herons,
shore birds, muskrats, frogs and whatever else Mother Nature
decides to dish out at dusk on Little Pond! Group size is limited to 20.
We'll build a little fire after the walk and make S'Mores!
Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
6:00 P.M., Meet at the White's Woods Road
entrance to Little Pond. Rain or shine!
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Monday, September 4
LABOR DAY ~ MUSEUM CLOSED

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Nature's Nursery Series
(Ages 3-6)
Thursday, September 7 ~ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on one Thursday per month for an hour-long
program designed just for children 3-6 years old.
Every session will include a story, an encounter
with a live animal, and an activity or craft.
Bring your young nature lovers out to White Memorial
for a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning.
Parents, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5 p.m.
Advanced registration is required.
Space is limited and fills up quickly.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $7/child per session,
Non-Members $12/child per session

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Radical Raptors
Saturday, September 9 ~ 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Just who-who-whoo are those big, beautiful birds of prey you see perched
atop fenceposts by day or hear calling outside your window by night?

Join Education Director Carrie Szwed for a family-friendly, interactive
presentation on the hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons that call NW CT home.
You'll even get to meet our two most common raptors,
 the barred owl and red-tailed hawk, up close and personal!
10-11 A.M. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Deep Travel: How to Journey Like Henry David Thoreau
with David Leff
Saturday, September 9 ~ 7:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join David K. Leff for a Thoreau inspired dinner and a slide illustrated talk
 that opens a window into the Concord naturalist's way of approaching a trip,
or what he would call an "excursion."  Learn how Thoreau prepared,
why he chose particular means of travel, his technique for close observation
of people and nature, and the impact of travel for life on return.  
Although Thoreau never used the term deep travel, it well describes his
expansive and enriching way of experiencing places near and far.  You too can
 travel like Thoreau.  Learn how.  Leff has written two books with a Thoreau travel nexus:  
Deep Travel: In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and Merrimack (2009)
and recently Canoeing Maine's Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance
and Survival of the Wild (2016).  Books will be available for sale and signing.  
View his work at www.davidkleff.com
7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $25.00  Non-members: $30.00.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or you can register online:

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Let Freedom Ring:
Remembering the Victims of September 11, 2001
Monday, September 11 ~ 2:00-3:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
This very special tribute features the music of retired Education Director,
Jeff Greenwood and the unfettered beauty of falconry
with Master Falconer, Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill.
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Apple Hill.
Please call 860 -567- 0857 to pre-register
or register online www.whitememorialcc.org.
In the event of rain the program will be canceled.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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September 14 - 20
Museum Children Free Week
In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children
ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Late Summer Walk at Camp Townshend
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, September 16 ~ 11:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Put on your clam diggers, pack a sandwich, and let's take a stroll along
the sweeping avenue of the old Girl Scout Camp. We'll wade in Bantam Lake,
keep our eyes open for Bald Eagles, and bask in the end of summer!
11:00 A.M., Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room.
We'll drive to the trailhead together.
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Star Party
Friday, September 22 ~ 8:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
There will only be star gazing tonight!
8:00 P.M.
Meet at the Observatory in the Sawmill Field.

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36th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 23 ~ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages.
This 36th edition is chock full of the greatest presenters! Brain Bradley
 will be here with his beautiful free-flying hawks and falcons.
Learn about our beloved bats and prickly porcupines with Gerri Griswold!  
Riverside Reptiles' Brian Kleinman is perhaps the greatest mind in reptiles in our state.
 Come visit the many friends he'll be bringing along. Meet a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle,
 and more with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center!
Cyril the Sorcerer will whip up environmental magic for kids of all ages!
Music provided by musical wunderkinds, The Zolla Boys. The day is filled with
 live animals, guided nature walks, information booths, horse drawn wagon rides,
 and yummy food provided by The Litchfield Lions Club and AmandaBakes.
Shop until you drop at the artisans market. Get in a bidding war at our silent auction.
Lots of nature crafts for the kiddies too! Will you be the winner of a trip for
 two to Iceland with Gerri Griswold in January?  That's the first prize in our raffle
courtesy of Krummi Travel LLC! So much to do!  Feed your mind, body, and soul!
11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Admission: $6.00,
Center Members and children under 12 are FREE!

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September 28 - October 4
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Joan and Jack Benham
 in honor of Wesley D. Parcell.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Nature as Mentor
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, September 30 ~ 10:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
The wisdom of earth-based peoples as well as recent empirical research
in the fields of eco-psychology, environmental psychology,
 mindfulness based stress reduction, and energy medicine
 provide the foundation of this community journey.
The program opens with a beautifully illustrated Keynote talk after
which we partake in a captivating Nature as Mentor out-of-door activity.
We complete our time together with a stirring guided meditation.

Expect to acquire knowledge and experience designed to deepen
access to nature's guidance and restoration on a daily basis.
Marlow Shami distills 20 years of personal and professional
investigation into her presentations. Her focus is in deepening the
 healing relationship between humans and the natural world.
10:00 A.M., A. B. Ceder Room
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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35th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 24, 2016 ~ BZ photos
 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dragonflies & Damselflies Mini-BioBlitz
with James Fischer
Saturday, July 9, 2016
James Fischer (blue hat), Research Director
at the White Memorial Conservation Center helps citizen
scientists to identify native dragonflies and damselflies
at Ongley Pond on Saturday, July 9th. ~ BZ photos
 


 


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Walking the Slab Meadow Parcel
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Gerri Griswold (far left) is ready to lead a group to visit the Slab Meadow Parcel
at the White Memorial Conservation Center on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Slab Meadow was purchased in 2015 by the White Memorial Foundation
and includes vernal pools, an abundant variety of frogs and birds,
and a scenic overlook of a marsh. ~ BZ photo

The parcel is home to frogs wood frogs, green frogs,
spring peepers, and bull frogs. The oak stands  produce
an abundance of birdlife especially Red-eyed Vireos.

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34th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 26, 2015
~ more BZ photos
 

 

 

 

 

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The 33rd Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 27, 2014
~ Litchfield.bz photos
Our annual celebration of Mother Nature is a must for folks of all ages.
 This 33rd edition celebrated The White Memorial Conservation Center's 50th Anniversary!
 


 

 

   

 

   

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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White Memorial YouTube Videos
produced by Marlow Shami
Community  Outreach Coordinator
White Memorial Conservation Center

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Litchfield BZ - YouTube Videos
Narrated by Peter Vermilyea
HiddeninPlainSightBlog.com
Produced by Litchfield.bz
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BZ Photo Gallery

White Memorial Foundation 100th Anniversary:
The Amazing Race!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
photo by Gerri Griswold
The winners of The Amazing Race are Art and Carol Morenz of Thomaston, CT.
They RANNNNNNN the whole course and returned at 12:00 PM
a full 19 minutes before the second place finishers
Philip and Augie Delves-Broughton of Litchfield.
Nicki Hall of West Hartland placed third.
photo by Gerri Griswold
The Winners! - Art and Carol Morenz

For their Herculean efforts, Art and Carol Morenz have AMAZING bragging rights,
but also were awarded two beautiful wood burned walking sticks made
exclusively for the winners of The Amazing Race
by White Memorial Gift Shop Manager, Lois Melaragno.

32 participated and all were treated to a pizza party after the race.
We have no doubt that The Amazing Race
will become an annual event at White Memorial.

The Conservation Center thanks it’s wonderful legion of
volunteers who helped make the event a resounding success.
~ Gerri Griswold, Director of Administration and Development

This challenging event was the last HURRAH in a spectacular year of programming
celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The White Memorial Foundation!

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2013 Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 28, 2013
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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High Tea on Chickadee Bridge and Boat Parade
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the White Memorial Foundation cruised along with a
 whimsical boat parade along the Bantam River ending with a high tea on Chickadee Bridge.



Parade Marshals and judges Susie Van Winkle Pollock (left) and Beth Van Winkle Boynton



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BIOBLITZ!
Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1, 2013
In honoring the White Memorial Foundation's 100th Anniversary,
Research Director James Fischer pulled out all the stoppers!!!!
BZ photos
What exactly is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is a 24 hour event that tallies every species inhabiting our study site.
Biologists blitz the area in search of every living species.
The BioBlitz finishes with a final count of all the species discovered.

James Fischer
Director of Research

Participants helped the scientists count organisms including these students (above) from Litchfield High School.




 





 

 



White Memorial conserves over 4000 acres of critical habitats and encourages research,
education, and recreation for all on their 32 miles of wooded trails, rivers, and lakes.

The White Memorial Foundation is Connecticut’s largest private wildlife sanctuary.
Participants learned how our local biodiversity impacts their everyday lives.

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The White Memorial Foundation 1913-2013
Celebrating 100 Years of Conservation
Saturday, May 18, 2013











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The Zoo in Forest Park: Zoo on the Go!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Zoo on the Go from the Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center in Springfield, MA
brought a variety of animals to the White Memorial Conservation Center on Saturday, March 2nd.
Assistant Director of Education, Teralyn LaChance (below) gave an overview of each animal
and then gave everyone an opportunity to touch the animals.
She was assisted by Sarah Goldstein a CIT (crew in training).
"Chilly" the Chincilla (left) with Teralyn and "Ollie" the Caique parrot (right) - BZ photos
 
"Chilly" the chincilla - BZ photos
"Tuck" the hairy armadillo - BZ photos
Sarah with "Snuggle" a tegu lizard - BZ photos
Sarah (left) with "Porkchop" a North American porcupine and Teralyn (right) - BZ photo

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center
302 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA
413-733-2251

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Prickly talk at White Memorial
Litchfield.bz (11-19-12)
Dr. Uldis Roze (left) and Gerri Griswold, Director of Administration and Development
at White Memorial with Skitur. - BZ photo

Gerri's porcupine "Skitur" - BZ photo

Dr. Uldis Roze was the featured speaker at the White Memorial Conservation Center
on Saturday afternoon. He has spent the past 35 years learning about the
world's prickliest mammal and recently published a book entitled


The talk included a luncheon provided by Gerri Griswold followed by a slide presentation
with Dr. Roze comparing and contrasting two porcupines, the North American
porcupine of our woods and byways, and the thin-spined porcupine of Brazil's
Atlantic forest. “Both are unusual, highly divergent porcupines when compared
 to the typical forms of South America to which both are related.”

L-R: Oren Boynton, Dr. Uldis Roze and Elizabeth Boynton
Elizabeth is a member of the Board of Directors at White Memorial - BZ photo

The following was published in the JHU Press
(Johns Hopkins University) by Dr. Roze:
Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the
flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the
most magnificent beast. Guest post by Uldis Roze

Having grown up in large cities where porcupines are absent, I was in my 30s
before I saw my first porcupine in the wild. We met at night, in the light cone of my
flashlight, as the porcupine was chewing our freshly-built cabin at a woods edge
in the Catskills. The animal looked surreal and wild, but I had no doubt about its
identification. It had quills, therefore it was a porcupine.

But the quills that give porcupines their easy identification and shape their natural
histories are themselves the source of endless mystery and mystification.

Do porcupines throw their quills? All scientific accounts assure readers to the contrary,
but it wasn’t always so. Writing in the April 16, 1956 issue of Sports Illustrated,
Dr. William J. Lang describes a porcupine he had surprised in a woodshed:
 “With an upward flick of his tail, one quill grazed my cheek, another stuck in my hat brim
 . . . three more clung by their barbed tips to the cedar splits.” Dr. Lang notwithstanding,
porcupines can no more throw their quills than dogs can throw their hair, and if they
somehow evolved the capacity to do so, it would do the throwers no good. This is for
reasons of fundamental physics: the energy residing in a moving body is given by its
momentum, the product of its mass times velocity. Because a porcupine quill has
negligible mass, it would carry negligible momentum, and serve
very poorly in the animal’s defense.

A porcupine misunderstood. The royal crest of Louis XII of France featured
a crested porcupine, shown throwing a shower of quills at distant enemies, while
keeping other quills in reserve for an impregnable defense. Perhaps because
Louis XII lost most of his military engagements, his successors
abandoned the porcupine symbolism.

Photo by Philippa Moore

Perhaps the flying quill hypothesis is so persistent because when quills arrive in
human skin, they materialize in a microsecond, faster than the eye can follow.
But quills do not arrive in flight–they arrive on the surface of the tail. And
because the mass of the incoming is not the mass of the quill alone but the
mass of the quill plus tail, the momentum is high and the quill can penetrate deeply.

Another source of quill confusion is the one-way barbs.
True or false: all porcupine quills have barbed tips. False!

No Old-World porcupine (11 spp.) carries barbed quills. With a single
exception, all New-World porcupines (15 spp.) carry barbed quills.
The presence or absenceof barbs is possibly the most fundamental
difference between quills of the 2 porcupine families.

Old-World porcupines are large animals, with some species reaching weights
of 50 lbs in the wild. They are defended by large quills with sharp, knife-like tips
that can kill lions and leopards. Large quills require large bodies for delivery.
But large bodies are not an option for New-World porcupines, who live in trees.
Their small bodies carry small quills. With the evolutionary invention of barbs,
these small quills can travel deep inside a predator’s body, pulled by the
predator’s own muscles until they either strike an organ
or exit the body, far from the point of entry.

That said, there are limits to the defense offered by small quills. Unlike their
Old-World cousins, who can stand up to the large cats of Africa and Asia,
New-World porcupines have no effective defense against their North American
predator, the mountain lion. Rick Sweitzer, who studied a porcupine population
in the Great Basin desert of Nevada, reports what happened when a single
mountain lion started preying on his porcupines. In a 3-year period, the population
plummeted from 82 animals to just 5. Instead of avoiding the quills, mountain lions
eat their porcupines whole, and accept the consequences. Mountain lions
autopsied in Oregon routinely showed quill tips embedded in the gums, where
they had come to rest against the jawbone.

How many quills does a North American porcupine carry? An answer given
by one respondent is “roughly 658, but I lost count after they kept stabbing
me.” A more common answer is “around 30,000.” The number, enshrined in the
biological literature, seems to make sense because hundreds of quills may be
lost with each predator attack, and lost quills require months to replace.
Therefore carrying a hundred-fold excess represents
an effective safety (pin) cushion.

But the source of the 30,000 quill figure cannot be found. The earliest mention
of the number is by Donald Spencer in 1950, in a National Geographic article.
Spencer gives no indication that he counted the quills
himself, nor identifies the source who did.

Much else about porcupine quills remains unknown or misunderstood.
Quills of North American porcupines carry surface antibiotics, and help
disseminate a warning odor. Do other porcupine species show the same
capabilities? We don’t know and can’t predict, because North American
porcupines follow a unique life style, even within its New-World family.
Shouldn’t we approach porcupines with the same openness we extend
to our wives, husbands, lovers: work to know them as they are,
not as we perceived them on first meeting?

Uldis Roze is professor emeritus at Queens College in New York City.
He is a contributor to Natural History magazine and is the author of
Porcupines: The Animal Answer Guide, published by JHU Press.

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Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 22, 2012












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Eating locally grown at White Memorial
Andy Dobos and Deneen Bernier led a group around White Memorial  
trails on Saturday identifying common edible wild plants.
They demonstrated how to responsibly harvest and prepare them.
They walked through fields, wetlands and forested areas.
They had special permission to pick plants which is not
usually permitted on White Memorial property.
White Memorial also has several green energy technologies
in operation including a geothermal heat pump system,
a wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels.
The staff at White Memorial are recording data to
determine the benefits of each type of green energy.


In 1964 the Center was established in the former
home of Alain White and his sister, May.
Their vision and generosity led to the formation
of the White Memorial Foundation in 1913.
A non-profit tax exempt organization, the Center was
incorporated to add the goal of Education to the Conservation,
Research, and Recreation purposes for which the foundation was formed.

The Conservation Center operates a Nature Museum
with exhibits focusing on the interpretation of local natural history,
conservation, and ecology, as well as a Museum Nature Store.

Dormitory and Classroom Facilities on the property extend
the opportunities for visitors to interact with the natural world.

The outdoor arena includes the wildlife sanctuary
maintained by the White Memorial Foundation.

The Foundation today comprises 4000 acres of fields,
water, and woodlands, trails, campgrounds, boating facilities,
and special areas for large outdoor educational and recreational gatherings.
For more information visit www.whitememorialcc.org.

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Tree Foliage Identification Walk
White Memorial Foundation Forest Superintendent Lukas Hyder
points out the finer details of tree identification through foliage
on a "Tree Foliage Identification Walk" at the White Memorial Conservation Center.

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"Zoo on the Go"
@ White Memorial Conservation Center on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Two of the popular animals featured included an anteater and a porcupine.


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Winter Birds and Early Spring Migrants
Ray Belding (center-white hat) led the group around Bantam Lake on Saturday, March 10th - BZ photo

Ray Belding led a group to view 'Winter Birds and Early Spring Migrants'
on Saturday, March 10th at the White Memorial Conservation Center.
Jeff Ginsburg (to the right of Ray in the picture above) forwarded the photos below.
photos and summary courtesy of Jeff Ginsburg
They visited five different locations during the two hour walk
around Bantam Lake in Litchfield and Morris.
Spotted were two bald eagles (on Bantam Lake),
Hooded Mergansers, American Black Ducks and Green- winged Teals
Ray Belding later filed a report on ebird.com that documented
eleven species spotted on Bantam Lake and Point Folly including:
2 Mallard
17 Bufflehead
4 Common Goldeneye
187 Common Merganser
34 American Coot
13 Ring-billed Gull
1 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
3 Red-winged Blackbird





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30th Annual Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 24, 2011

 










 

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Reptile and Amphibian Walk
with Wildlife Biologist Dave Rosgen
Dave led a walk around Ongley Pond in search of native
reptiles and amphibians on Saturday, September 3, 2011.
Participants learned to identify frogs and toads by their appearance and voices.

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2nd Annual Iceland Affair @ WMCC
(Litchfield.bz 8-1-11)
Everything you wanted to know about Iceland was the theme for Saturday's
'Iceland Affair' at the White Memorial Conservation Center.
Gerri Griswold is the Program Director at the White Memorial Conservation Center
and Iceland is absolutely her favorite place in the world to visit.
This mini celebration of the 'Land of Fire and Ice' featured Icelandic
chickens, sheep, dogs, horses and Icelandic foods.
There were movies of the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull
(the volcano that stopped air traffic in Europe last year)
and a presentation about the spectacular natural beauty of Iceland
by frequent flyer Gerri Griswold who captivated the audience with her unbridled enthusiasm.

Icelandic horses put on a show at the
activity field at White Memorial CC

The event also featured the first USA performance of
Icelandic Recording Artist Svavar Knutur on Saturday evening.
Mr. Knutur's latest recording 'Amma: Songs for My Grandmother'
hit #1 on the Icelandic charts.
His stunning melodies and poetic lyrics in both English and Icelandic
capped off this very special event.
Special thanks to Leo Kulinski, Jr. for sharing pictures and video.
Svavar's website: www.svavarknutur.com

Svavar Knutur concert in the Activity Shed at White Memorial Saturday night

photos courtesy of Leo Kulinski, Jr.

video courtesy of Leo Kulinski, Jr.

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Inaugural trip on the Litchfield Community Greenway
The Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway celebrated Connecticut Trails Day
on Saturday, June 4th with a 2 mile hike and a  4 mile trail bike trip
along portions of the new Litchfield Community Greenway Trail.
The hike was led by Barbara Putnam and the bike trip was led by Cliff Cooper
with support from the Litchfield Hills Cycling Club and the Connecticut Community Foundation.


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Great Backyard Bird Count
Dave Rosgen at the White Memorial Conservation Center encourages local residents
to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 18th-21st
by counting the birds in your own backyard.
This project is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
in cooperation with the Audubon Society.
More info: ebird.org

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Green Energy Technologies at White Memorial Conservation Center
From: Keith Cudworth, Executive Director, White Memorial Foundation

The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield
has expanded its commitment to use and demonstrate green energy technologies
with the installation of a GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMP SYSTEM and a WIND TURBINE.
These new projects are in addition to the 11,050 watt
PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM which was installed two years ago.  

The new geothermal heat pump system was added at the Museum last December,
and is supplying the vast majority of the building's heating and cooling needs,
significantly reducing the cost to heat and cool the Museum.

During this past winter the Museum's heating oil use dropped
 by more than 200 gallons per month and in June and July
the electricity needed to cool the building
dropped by 58% compared to last year.  

Geothermal systems use the fairly constant underground temperature
of the earth, of about 55°F, to heat buildings in the winter
and cool them in the summer.

White Memorial's system, which consists of three ClimateMaster®
heat pumps with an overall cooling capacity of 11 tons,
was installed in the building basement.  

Outside, about five feet below the surface, are four 365 feet deep wells.  
These are connected to the heat pumps by pipes filled with an antifreeze fluid
which is circulated from the heat pumps to the wells and back to the heat pumps.  

Geothermal heat pumps are one the most efficient and environmentally
clean heating and cooling systems available, and it is anticipated that the use of this
technology will reduce the cost to heat and cool the Museum by at least one-third.

DePco Mechanical of Farmington and Grela Well Drilling
of Terryville were the contractors for this project.  
This project was made possible through generous support from
The Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.

The new wind turbine, a Honeywell Wind turbine
manufactured by WindTronics™has been installed on the roof
of White Memorial's maintenance garage.

This new turbine design will begin producing power
with a wind speed of 2 mph, well below the speeds needed for most units
and therefore ideally suited for White Memorial's low wind site.  

Most importantly this installation has been placed
in a great location for visitors to see it in operation.  
In addition to being a demonstration of this technology,
the clean electricity the turbine produces will be used to s
upplement the electricity needs in the maintenance garage
or will be fed back into the utility grid.

The wind turbine was installed by Hammersmith, Inc of Sharon.

With all of these projects, the photovoltaic system,
geothermal and the wind turbine, in addition to other
energy conservation practices that have been implemented,
White Memorial is keeping detailed records to
better understand the benefits of each.  

We invite the public and small businesses to contact us
and see how these have worked for us and see how they may work for them.

This is an open invitation to any and all
who have an interest in seeing these practices in use.
Call 860-567-0857 or email us at info@whitememorialcc.org.