National Moth Week Survey

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Location: Meet at Whitten Woods Trailhead: Highland St., Ashland, NH 03217 (carpooling encouraged) Click here for a google map.

Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 6 people so that appropriate social distancing can be observed between the LRCC members and participants. Click here to register for this program.       

*Program leaders will email registrants a day or two before the program with details regarding location, what to bring, and safety protocols.

This Week's Program:

Close your eyes and take a moment to envision a field insect-scientist, or entomologist. What do you see? Do you see someone hiking deep in the wilderness for days with scientific names flying from their tongue? Can they identify an insect after seeing it for just a millisecond as it darts by? Well, I am here to tell you that your assumption is incorrect! YOU can be a field entomologist armed only with 2 hours of free time and some enthusiasm! Join me for an evening of moth identification at Whitten Woods, where no experience is necessary! We will hang a large sheet, shine a light on it, and see what Lepidopteran friends we can find (Lepidoptera is the scientific family that includes butterflies and moths.) In addition to improving our own moth ID skills, we will submit our findings to the National Moth Week database, an effort to catalog common moth species across the U.S. every year. National Moth Week runs from July 18-26 of this year, and we are very excited to be a part of it.

Audience: EVERYONE! If you know nothing about moths or if you know everything, this will be a fun evening. Participants must be comfortable with a ~1 mile hike, most likely with mosquitoes.

What to Bring: Participants should bring long sleeve shirts and pants to protect themselves from mosquitos, close toed shoes, headlamps/flashlights, the ID sheet that I will email, and water. Please also bring a facemask to be worn while around larger groups of people, such as at trailhead.

This Week's LRCC Guide: 

Hello! My name is Grace Callahan and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 where I studied ecology and earth sciences. Flipping logs to find slugs, centipedes, and salamanders in the woods behind my house was an important part of growing up for me. I’m passionate about helping people explore and connect with their backyards like I was fortunate enough to do, and this means protecting natural backyard spaces! I hope to work to preserve clean rivers, lakes, and forests for generations to come. I grew up visiting Squam and Winnipesaukee during summer vacations and I’m so excited to live here for a year! I love learning new things and right now I’m trying to teach myself more butterfly/moth ID, how to sew simple stuffed animals and clothes, and how to make good rice.

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 the program.


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