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

'Tis the Season for Crafts!
Thursday, December 14: Grades 4-6
3:45-5:15 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Give your kids the chance to make that perfect homemade holiday gift
 for their loved ones, or to decorate your house. We'll put their creativity
to work by making several seasonal crafts using natural and recycled materials.
 Feel free to bring items from home to re-use in their artwork, such as buttons,
 ribbons, and fabric scraps. All other materials will be provided. Of course,
 kids will get to take home all of their wonderful creations.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5:15pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857 or visit www.whitememorialcc.org
Space is limited! Members: $10/child,
Non-Members: $15/child

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Circumnavigating Five Ponds
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, December 16 ~ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Spend quality time exploring one of the most magical areas on our property!
We'll be tackling every pond! Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water.
 Sturdy footwear and rain gear are a must. We are conquering Five Ponds
 rain or shine! Meet at the trailhead at the junction of Route's 63 / 61.

11 AM - 3:00 P.M.,
 Please call 860-567-0857 to pre-register.
FREE … Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 17, 2017
White Memorial Conservation Center
For more information contact

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Llama Walk
with Debbie Labbe
 from Country Quilt Llama Farm
Sunday, December 17 ~ 2:00 pm
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.  

2:00 P.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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December 21 - 27
Museum Children Free Week
Courtesy of Tara and Arthur Diedrick
 in honor of Adele and Joseph d'Assern.
Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Monday, December 25
CHRISTMAS
MUSEUM CLOSED

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One-Day Fun Day
Grades 1-3:
Thursday, December 28 ~ 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Grades 4-6:
Friday, December 29 ~ 9:30 am-4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Nature is so much fun in the winter!
So, grab your coat, boots, and hat, and let’s spend one of your
vacation days learning about the natural world around you.
Get outside, play games, make crafts, meet live animals!
Snack and drink will warm us up between adventures.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 9:30am-4:30pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Space is limited!
Members: $40 Non-Members: $70
Please call 860-567-0857
or visit www.whitememorialcc.org to register.

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5th Annual Winter Walk Along the Lake
and Butternut Brook Trails
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, December 30 ~ 10:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
We love traditions! Tag along with Marlow as she leads you to the observation
platform overlooking Bantam Lake and the Ice House Ruins. Pass by pretty
Butternut Brook and indulge yourself in the sights, scents, and sounds of winter.

10 A.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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White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events
January 2018

New Year's Day
January 1, 2018
MUSEUM CLOSED

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Winter Wildlife Tracking
with Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf
Saturday, January 6 ~ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Andrew Dobos takes you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods.  
There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher,
telling a story of their habits and lives.  Get to know our beloved wildlife
that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should
dress extra warm and wear good boots!  You never know where the animals have been.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm,  Meet in the Museum.
Members: $5.00 Non-Members: $15.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Christmas Bird Count for Kids
(Ages 7-16 years old)
Saturday,  January 6 ~ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us for the longest-running citizen science project in history,
 the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This bird survey is held around the
world between the second weekend in December and the third weekend
 in January every year. This year, we'll be holding a special CBC 4 Kids event
at White Memorial Conservation Center on January 6, 2018
 from 10am-approximately 12pm.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room (lower level of Museum).
There will be pizza and hot cocoa afterwards for all the participants.
Bring your own binoculars if you have them, but if not, pairs will be provided.
Dress for the weather.

This event will be run by LHAS Junior Audubon Leader Donna Rose Smith
and White Memorial Education Director Carrie Szwed, but additional adult
mentors are needed to help the teams of young people out in the field,
so parents, please plan on staying.
There is no program fee, but donations
are welcome to help defray program costs.

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Museum Children Free Week
January 12 - 18
Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. John Morosani
 in Memory of Remy Edmund Morosani.
 Free admission to children ages twelve
and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Nature's Nursery Series
(Ages 3-6 Years)
Thursday, January 11 ~ 4:00-5:00 pm
Second Thursday of Every Month
(Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr.12)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join us on the second Thursday of each month from January-April
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, we ask that you stay for the duration of the program.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 4-5pm.
Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $8/child per session or $25/whole series,
Non-Members: $12/child per session or $45/whole series

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Art Opening and Reception:
Rex Brasher: Painter of Birds
Saturday, January 13 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Conservation Center is so honored and proud to be exhibiting
these prints as a companion piece to the cover story penned about
Brasher for our winter edition of Sanctuary.

Meet Janet Reagon, the President of The Rex Brasher Association
www.rexbrasher.org, enjoy some nibbles, a glass of wine, and fourteen
 images from one of the greatest avian artists in the world.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room,
Admission is free (donations are always welcome!)
but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org

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Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 15, 2018
MUSEUM CLOSED

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Winter Water Color Workshop
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Saturday, January 20 ~ 2:00-4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Shake the winter blues and join us in a stress-free afternoon of creativity!
Learn to paint a serene sunset silhouette using a variety of watercolor techniques.
 All levels welcome in this step-by-step workshop which includes all materials.

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $35.00  Non-members: $60.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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DEEP CARE Family Ice Fishing Workshop
Saturday, January 27 ~ 9:30-11:30 am
Ice Fishing (Conditions permitting) 12:00–3:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,
Fisheries Division sponsors this program for the seventh consecutive year.
Families and individuals age nine and up are welcome to attend this unique event
which is part of the DEEP’s CARE (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) program.
The class is taught by certified volunteer instructors and it’s FUN!!!
All fishing tackle and course materials are provided ABSOLUTELY FREE!

To learn more log onto the CT DEEP’s website:
www.ct.gov/dep and type in “CARE”
BRING LUNCH! Classroom (mandatory participation)

9:30 – 11:30 am
Ice Fishing (Conditions permitting) 12:00–3:00 pm
 A.B. Ceder Room.
Pre-registration is required. Call 860-567-0857.
Or register online www.whitememorialcc.org

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Film: From Billions to None:
The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
Saturday, January 27 ~ 2:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
 From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction,
reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon
and explores the pigeon's striking relevance to conservation issues today,
such as the alarming depletion of shark species worldwide. For centuries,
the sleek long-distance flyer was the most abundant bird in North America
and perhaps the world. It was hunted to extinction in a matter of decades.
On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon in captivity,
died in the Cincinnati Zoo, marking the end of the species,
 and the upcoming centenary of the extinction event.

From Billions to None recreates the breathtaking natural phenomenon
 of massive flocks of passenger pigeons with cutting edge CGI animation.
Created by talented students at the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Chicago,
audiences can experience what it was like to stand
beneath a surging flock of hundreds of millions of birds.

A key animated sequence recreates a passenger pigeon flock estimated
to be at least one billion birds by a then unknown John James Audubon.
In 1813, while traveling in Kentucky, Audubon wrote, "The air was literally
 filled with pigeons. The light of the noonday was obscured as by an eclipse.
 The pigeons passed in undiminished number, and continued to do so for three days."

The film's sound designer had a particular challenge recreating the sound
of many millions of birds; among the combined sound effects: a tornado,
a herd of buffalo, an earthquake and an industrial dryer. In addition,
 remote control quadcopters equipped with
small HD cameras captured astonishing aerials.

2:00 pm, 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.