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

October 12 - 18
Museum Children Free Week
In memory of Tish Samponaro
from her husband, Philip G. Samponaro.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Fall Family Hike
with Carrie Szwed
Saturday, October 21 ~ 10:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Fall is a wonderful time to explore and appreciate natural wonders.
Join Education Director Carrie Szwed for a 1½ mile jaunt around the
Lake/Butternut Brook Trails as we look and listen for signs of fall.
This trail is mostly flat, but due to roots and rocks, it is not stroller friendly.

10 a.m. Meet in front of the A.B. Ceder Room
(the lower level of the Museum).
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Scottish Naturalist and Biologist Bernie Lundie:
What is Wild?
Saturday, October 21 ~ 2:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
We talk of wild animals and wild places, even wild behavior.
But what do we actually mean by wild? What truly defines it?
Is it a categorical or is it on a spectrum? And how can we tell?

Bernie Lundie is a Scottish naturalist born and raised on the bonnie banks
of Loch Lomond.  When not in the village school he was catching minnows,
 picking wild fruit for his grannies pies and uncovering the secrets of the natural world.

Holidays for him meant summers playing on the wild Kintyre coast
with binoculars in hand. These experiences of nature from a young age inspired
him to carry out a degree in Zoology at the University of Glasgow. His desire
to share knowledge saw him become a core volunteer in various community gardens
and member of research programs.  Through his studies Bernie has found himself
working at the remote Skalanes Nature and Heritage Reserve on the
East coast of Iceland    on 3 consecutive scientific expeditions .  
Coming full circle, Bernie has returned to his childhood haunt of Kintyre
with the aim of connecting others to the natural world.

2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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After-School Adventures
Grades 1-3: Tuesdays in October 3, 10, 17, 24
(except the 31st)
Grades 4-6: Wednesdays in October 4, 11, 18, 25
3:45-5:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Bring your kids out to White Memorial for programs designed to
awaken curiosity and foster an appreciation for the natural world.
Every session brings a new adventure, whether it's
exploring a new part of White Memorial property,
meeting a live animal, or taking part in an outdoor activity.
Join us for an afternoon of experiential learning in the outdoors.

Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay,
but it is not necessary.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited!
Members: $8/child per session or $28/whole series,
Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series

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Star Party
Friday, October 27 ~ 7:00 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.
Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program.

7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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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Spying on the Wildlife in Your Backyard
Saturday, October 28 ~ 1:00-3:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Game Cameras are a fun way to detect what animals are visiting your backyard.  
Animals trigger motion sensors which then activates cameras that use night
vision technology to capture videos and still pictures.  Patrick O'Brien has been
working with this technology extensively while researching American Marten in
southern Vermont for his Master of Science thesis at Central Connecticut State University.  
Patrick will share pictures of wildlife he has taken with game cameras and show
you how to select a camera when purchasing one.   There are lots of tricks to
using this technology so come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy shoes
 for the outdoor portion where Patrick will demonstrate how to set a game camera.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $15.00  Non-members: $20.00
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org  

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White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events ~ November 2017

Nature's Nursery Series
(Ages 3-6 Years)
Thursday, November 2 ~ 4:00-5:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on the first Thursday of each month October - December for an
hour-long program designed just for your young nature lovers.
Every session will include a story, an encounter with a live animal, and an
activity or craft. Bring your kids out to White Memorial for
a jam-packed hour of hands-on learning. Parents/Guardians,
we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited! Members: $7/child per session,
Non-Members: $12/child per session

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Day Trip to UCONN Biological Research Collections
with James Fischer
Saturday, November 4 ~ 8:30 am-3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join WMCC Research Director James Fischer on a trip to see a unique library,
one that represents the natural history of our state, as well as the
biodiversity of some of the most unique ecosystems of the world.  
Specimens range from large to small, slimy to scaled, beautiful to scary,
and much more!  UCONN's Biological Research Collections are housed
 in a state-of-the-art facility that ensures the specimens can used by
scientists to answer complex questions that impact our global health,
economies, and understanding of biological life for perpetuity.  
Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes.  

8:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.,
Meet at the Museum. $5.00 per person.
Limited to 12 participants.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857

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MASQUERADE!
with the Connecticut Guild of Puppetry
Life is a masquerade, my friends - Come to The Masquerade!
Saturday, November 4 ~ 6:00-9:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry will be celebrating the life
and work of its mask genius friend, Larry Hunt. Long time resident of
Bethlehem, CT, Larry was an actor, director, mask-maker, puppeteer
and educator who was internationally acclaimed for his
innovative approaches to body movement and improvisation.

To honor Larry, The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry will host the
first ever Masquerade! Come in mask and costume and be a part
of the Promenade - you might even win an award! Enjoy dancing
to an eclectic mix of music during much of the evening. Special entertainment
 will include: Steve Long's 'Shishi-mai', a traditional Japanese Lion Dance;
Sova Theater's Adelka Polak, former partner of Larry Hunt, performing
 'Born in Clay', a short mask and puppet piece that she developed
 within the context of Masque Theatre using two of Larry's masks for a
dramatic moment of transformation; and actual footage of Larry Hunt's
performances. Come, remember Larry, and rejoice in Masquerade!

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Carriage House, WMCC
and The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry
The bar will be by cash donation. Light refreshments,
some even in disguise (!) are included in the admission.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
To register call 860-567-0857
Members: $25.00  Non-members: $35.00
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

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November 9 - 15
Museum Children Free Week
In honor of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children
ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Wildlife in Winter
(Grades 1 - 6)
Friday, November 10
Grades 1-3: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Grades 4-6: 1:30-4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Brrr, it's getting colder! Do you ever wonder how
wild animals like snakes, frogs, and groundhogs get through
harsh New England winters? On Veteran's Day, join us to find out!
Through live animal encounters, outdoor adventures, games, and crafts,
we'll discuss different strategies wild animals employ for surviving winter.

Grades 1-3: 9:30am-12:30 pm,
Grades 4-6: 1:30-4:30 pm.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay,
 but it is not necessary.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.
Space is limited! Members: $20/child,
Non-Members: $30/child

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Llama Walk
with Debbie Labbe
from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Saturday, November 11 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Come and take a one hour walk with a llama on a beautiful trail!
The cost is $20 per person with a percentage
donated to the White Memorial Conservation Center.  

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Call Debbie from Country Quilt Llama Farm at 860-248-0355
 to pre-register or to schedule your very own private llama walk.

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Owl Prowl
with Larry Fischer
Saturday, November 11 ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
WMCC is thrilled to partner with our friends at Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
for this terrific program! Newtown resident Larry Fischer is a federally licensed
 raptor bander who has been banding hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles
for more than 30 years, working independently as well as with the
CT DEEP and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Tag along with Larry as we
seek out the haunts of Barred, Great Horned, Screech, and Saw-whet Owls!

We'll begin in the A. B. Ceder Room with a brief introduction to the
 species you might be hearing tonight and meet our own barred Owl,
Shakespeare! You'll no doubt leave this evening completely enlightened!

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room.
This program is limited to 30 EXTREMELY QUIET
participants ages twelve and up.
Pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
 the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Star Party!
Friday, November 17 ~ 7:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
This astronomy program is organized by members of the
Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club
and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society.
Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program.

7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room.
 Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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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Tree Identification Walk
with WMF Forest Superintendent Lukas Hyder
Saturday, November 18 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
It's much easier to ID trees when they have foliage all over them!
Step up your game and allow the Master to teach you a thing or two!

10:00 A.M., Meet in the Museum parking lot.
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses

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Amanda Bakes Museum Open House
and Book Signing "Sweetie: Bake Your Day"
Saturday, November 18 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Just in time for holiday giving and receiving!!!!! In this, her first cookbook,
Litchfield Chef Amanda Glover makes baking simple and fun even for the novice baker.
Named after her Airstream bakery, Sweetie, this book offers creative yet
easy to bake recipes for delicious breakfasts, desserts, savory,
and gluten-free baked goodies. Throughout this playfully illustrated book
 the reader will discover tips on using high quality and local ingredients.
Equipment is kept to a minimum, making the recipes accessible to any a
vid home baker. All this in the spirit of Amanda who believes that anyone can bake!
 Spend a couple of high quality hours with this dynamo.
Sample some of the recipes featured in her book and pick
up a signed copy for yourself and someone you love!

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., In the Museum.
This program is free but you must pre-register
 by calling 860-567-0857 or register online:
FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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November 23 & 24
THANKSGIVING
MUSEUM CLOSED

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Walking the Cranberry Pond Trail
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, November 25 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Welcome to our 8th annual edition of this popular walk!
Nothing could cap off a wonderful "on the cusp of winter" stroll
along this spectacular trail better than a cup of hot coffee
and a thick wedge of Crimson Pie swimming
in a pool of thick ginger crème anglaise!

Meet in the Museum. 2:00 P.M.,
We'll drive over to the trail head together.
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.