This Week's Program:
A walk through Belknap Woods focusing near the boat landing and beaver pond sites to view wetland ecosystems. Topics will include terminology (bogs vs swamps vs marshes vs vernal pools), flora and fauna identification, and habitat observations. Birds will be identified throughout the walk by sightings and calls; amphibians/reptiles will be identified by turning cover (logs, rocks, etc.); mammals will be identified by tracks and sightings. The benefits in regards to ecological services provided by wetlands such as water and runoff filtration will also be covered.
This Week's Intern Guide:
My name is Stevie Raymond and I am from Claremont, New Hampshire. I am currently a senior at the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies and Conservation and Ecology. My interest include conservation biology, landscape restoration, and the new Star Wars trilogy
SLA's Adventure Ecology Trips:
Every Friday from June 17 through August 19, 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 Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission.
Other Adventure Ecology Trips during the summer of 2016:
- Nature’s Secret Signs (6/24/2016)
- Introduction to fishing on Squam Lake (7/1/2016)
- Scavenger Hunt through Navigation (7/8/2016)
- Canoeing and Chemistry: How the Water Cycle Works (7/15/2016)
- Backcountry cooking- more than just granola bars and trail mix (7/22/2016)
- Identifying Trees in the Squam Region (8/5/2016)
- Squam Bird Ecology and Kayaking (8/12/2016)
- Leaf Rubbing and Tree Touring for Beginners (8/19/2016)
Squam Conservation Internship:
The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA's conservation mission. This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certification over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help to preserve loon populations on the lakes, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Learn more about the internship program here.