Caterpillars Count! Why you should love caterpillars and learn how to track them

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:  In the comfort of your home or wherever you may be!

Registration: Registration is required. Please register by Friday, May 21st. Click here to register for the ZOOM meeting.

This Week's Program:

Butterflies and moths have started to emerge, signaling the change in season and warmer months to come.  While these charismatic species are incredibly exciting and beautiful to look at, their less showy larval stage is what makes these animals so important ecologically. Caterpillars are some of the best early season food sources for migrating songbirds, and continue to provide nutrition for the birds that stick around throughout the summer.

Join LRCC member Cecilia via zoom, to learn about the importance of caterpillars and other insects as well as how to get involved in Caterpillars Count (relatively new community science endeavor). Community science programs allow everyone to get involved in science on a deeper level while giving researchers the data they need to track where animals can be found and when. Projects such as this are important in understanding where to focus conservation efforts as well as educating the public on where to find an animal of interest. Whether you are a birder, hiker, fisherman, insect enthusiast, or something in between there is a lot to be gained from getting involved in Caterpillars Count!

Audience: Everyone! Children are encouraged to participate in Caterpillars Count but may need supervision.

Materials: This Adventure Ecology will take place over Zoom, so all participants should have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection. 

This Week's LRCC Presenter: 

Hi! My name is Cecilia and I grew up on a little farm in Washington state which instilled a love for animals and the environment.  At Gonzaga University I discovered a genuine love for ecology both in and out of the classroom.  It was in the discovery of rock climbing during my first year of college that I decided to pursue a life plan that includes outdoor activity with the study of ecology and conservation. Throughout college I was able to get started working in research laboratories investigating the courtship glands in the skin of Ensatina eschscholtzii salamanders, and the potential use of fungi to control the spread of wildfires across the grasslands of the Pacific Northwest. I cannot wait to spend the next year with SLA, learning about conservation, environmental education, and hopefully NH plant identification!

SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:

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 LRCC.


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