Bats on the Brain: The Secret Life of Airborne Mammals

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Meet at the Squam Lakes Association headquarters, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map. From there we will go to Whitten Woods.

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.

This Week's Program:

Join SLA AmeriCorps member Connor Ney on this guided and interactive hike to look for local bat species! Bats are an important and often misunderstood part of a variety of ecosystems, and the same holds true for the Squam Lakes Watershed. The fact that they are the only known flying mammals is often enough to pique one’s interest in their behavior, habitat, and the issues they face. Come along for an evening hike at Whitten Woods trails in Ashland to spot some bats, play some bat trivia, and learn a thing or two about these cryptic creatures. This event is open to all ages and involves a 1.92 mile hike on trails suitable for beginner or casual hikers. Participants should bring comfortable hiking boots/trail shoes, weather-appropriate clothing (rain or shine!), and a water bottle. Additional materials that may be useful include: snacks, binoculars, a camera/cell phone, and a headlamp/flashlight. This event will take place on August 3rd from 6 - 8:30PM and will kick off at the SLA headquarters in Holderness (travel between SLA and Whitten Woods will not be provided). We hope to see you there!


All ages encouraged to attend!

What to Bring: 

Participants should bring hiking boots and water.

This Week's LRCC Guide: 

Hi! My name is Connor Ney and I'm originally from Carmel, Indiana. I'm a recent graduate of Ohio Northern University with degrees in Environmental/Field biology and Spanish. My interests include hiking, traveling, and reading. One of my favorite experiences was last summer when I had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica. I learned so much about a completely different culture and experienced a brand new incredibly diverse environment. I hope to use what I learned there to help celebrate the diversity of life and the endless opportunities here at Squam Lakes. I have many environmentally-focused interests, and one is outdoor education. I am looking forward to being able to share what I have learned through my education with Adventure Ecology participants who may have similar interests.

SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:

Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps

The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about the program.


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