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 ~ March 2017

Museum Children Free Week
March 23 - 29
In Memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children
ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

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After-School Adventures
3:45-5:00 p.m.
Grades 1-3: Tuesday, March 28
Grades 4-6: Wednesday, March 29
White Memorial Conservation Center
School is out, but those minds still want to be engaged!
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 are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 3:45-5pm.
Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Members: $8/child per session or $28/whole series,
Non-Members: $13/child per session or $48/whole series

White Memorial Conservation Center
Calendar of Events ~ April 2017

CT DEEP CARE
Family Fresh Water Fishing Class
Saturday, April 1 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,
Fisheries Division sponsors this terrific free program. 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"

Classroom: A.B. Ceder Room
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fishing at Point Folly
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:
FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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Art Show Opening:
The Avian Photography of  Nick Hawvermale
Saturday, April 1 ~ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Nick's photos are outlandish! Images are both technical and artistic.
The Conservation center is so proud to have Hawvermale's works
 hanging in the A. B. Ceder Room from April through June.

Nick Hawvermale hails from Bethlehem, CT and currently works as an engineer
in Northern Westchester. He spends most of his free time after work and
 on weekends going on walks and looking for wildlife and birds. Spending time in
nature and trying to capture each moment is what Hawvermale calls his, "free therapy".

Enjoy Nick's photography at our opening reception.
Wine and nibblies will be provided.
4:00-5:30 p.m.,~  A. B. Ceder Room
The event is free to the public but you must pre-register
by calling 860-567-0857 or register online:

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Impressionist Spring Trees:
Water Color Workshop
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Saturday, April 8 ~ 1:30-4:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Using a simple step-by-step approach, create a
whimsical painting depicting spring trees in the forest!

All levels welcome. All materials included.
This program is for ages 10 and up.

1:30-4:00 p.m. ~ A. B. Ceder Room
Members: $35.00, Non-members: $45.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

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"Sense"sational Spring Break Camp
Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 2017
Grades 1-3: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades 4-6: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Which CT animal has the best sense of hearing? Who can see better:
a human or a hawk? Why do owls not mind eating smelly skunks?
All of these questions about the senses will be answered and more during our
"Sense"sational Spring Break Camp. Spend your vacation exploring the wild and
 wonderful natural world at White Memorial. Meet live animals up close,
make some awesome crafts, tromp around the woods, and play fun games,
all while learning about the amazing senses of our native critters.

Snacks and drinks will be served between adventures.
This is a kids-only event!

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Advanced registration is required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 6.
Members: $20/child per session or $70/child for the week.
Non-members: $30/child per session or $110/child for the week.

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GOOD FRIDAY
Friday, April 14, 2017
Museum Closed

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Marlow Shami: Waking Up is Hard to DO!  
Two Part Series April 15 and June 24
Saturday, April 15 ~ 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
We are a part of nature, not apart from nature.
This concept is easy to grasp in theory, but difficult to embody.
Academic achievement, accumulation of cool stuff,
an ever growing personal factoid database,
 social status - these are the crown jewels
 of what our society bases personal value upon.  

If these areas of endeavor are habitually visited without pause,
reflection and checking in with our gut, they usually act as a surrogate.
This proxy, blind to our authentic needs, morphs under
the radar into a numbing insulation. A gap grows between our
 little self and infinite self - the web-of-life, our planetary kin.

So many of the chronic problems unique to our amazing species are
environmentally rooted physiological problems. A robust body of
 empirical research underlines the imperative nature of this connection.

I've spent the better half of my adult life personally and professionally
investigating this disconnect, having grappled with many a challenges rooted in
this dis-union myself. Homo-sapiens are the only species with the cognitive
ability to choose to cooperate, or not, with the rest of our ecosystem.
 Interspecies cooperation is homeostasis in action. Nothing is static in nature,
hence the need to check-in with our personal inner compass often.

How else to stay on an authentic course?
The distractions of a consumer culture are infinite.
As you build your knowledge base of what is needed to be healthy and awake,
discernment frees you! You can draw your life outside the box, cherry picking
your genuine goals, friendships, stuff, and social accoutrements.

The strategy of re-calling our relationship within this fantastic family of plant,
animal and all the elements that comprise our world, is simple and complex.

Earth calls us to pay attention. To what? How so? Those chronic ailments endemic
 to our society: depression, anxiety, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease,
drug addiction, are more often than not, rooted in this sensory disconnect.
These maladies communicate to us just like a compass does to a lost sailor if we pay attention.
Sickness can also be guidance. Nature is not a panacea to our ills. It will, however,
provide a personal road map to what we need in order to live a full and joyful life.
When we set our intention and attention to the job of noticing what is going on
within our whole body and the world holding us at that very moment,
we notice the sensory anchors that tether us to earth. Our mind alone cannot do this for us.
Our many sensory anchors, once welcomed into our consciousness as valid and real,
paradoxically open our mind and heart to what it is that we truly need.

Navigating the constantly shifting landscape of
our lives requires our inner compass to awaken.
We do this by simply paying attention without judgement or expectation.
Join me in an experiential Wake-Up  program this spring.
Enjoy a meditation, activity to enhance the Waking UP process,
group discussion, and nature-connection.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.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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EASTER SUNDAY
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Museum Closed

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Museum Children Free Week
April 20 - 26
In memory of Louise W. Willson. Free admission to children
ages twelve and under when accompanied by an adult.

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Star Party
Friday, April 21 ~ 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.

Tonight's topic is the Moon.
Weather permitting; there will be
 star gazing after the program.

8:00 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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Early Morning walk to Mallard Marsh
with Marlow Shami
Saturday, April 22 ~ 8:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Stroll along with Marlow in search of signs of spring…
birds and beaver sightings very well could be in the
cards or perhaps a Spring Peeper or two?  

8:00 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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Give Local!
April 25 / 26
Hosted on April 25 & 26, 2017 by the Connecticut Community Foundation,
Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills is a 36-hour online community
giving event that encourages donors to lend their support to the nonprofit
 organizations that work every day to make our community stronger.

Every dollar donated to the Conservation Center from 7 a.m.
on April 25th to 7 p.m. on April 26th will help defray the cost
 of the 36th Annual Family Nature Day on September 23, 2016!

Your donations will be stretched with bonus funds provided by the
Connecticut Community Foundation and generous Give Local sponsors.
We are also eligible to win amazing cash prizes during the event!  

Watch our website www.whitememorialcc.org
or read your Habitattler for more details on how you can donate
or visit our personal Give Local page

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27th Annual Museum Sleep-In!
Friday, April 28 (5:00 p.m.) & Saturday, April  29 (until Noon)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids in Grades 4-6: If you enjoy the night sky, exploring the outdoors,
and meeting new friends, then join us for the 26th Annual Museum Sleep-In
 at White Memorial. You'll get to sleep near the snakes, turtles, and bees
in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters,
learn what creatures go bump in the night, and enjoy some yummy food.

You might want to watch out for some special surprises too!
It will be like a real-life "Night at the Museum!"
Limited space, so don't miss out!

Parents, this is a kids-only event.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
The event goes from 5:00 p.m. Friday night -
12 noon Saturday morning.

Advanced registration required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 13
and must be received by April 21.
Members: $55/child, Non-Members: $85/child

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Early Morning Beaver Walk to Little Pond  
with Gerri Griswold
Saturday, April 29 ~ 6:00 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
 Gerri will take you along the Pine Island and Little Pond
trails in pursuit of North America's largest rodent!

Dress for the weather!
Coffee and muffins après- walk.

6:00 a.m., Meet in front of 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.