Location: Meet at Squam Lakes Association headquarters, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 15 people. Please register by Friday, September 24th. Click here to register.
This Week's Program:
What better way to celebrate biodiversity than to have a BioBlitz! A BioBlitz is where you count as many living things as you can find in a particular area and time frame. Learn how to observe, collect, and assess biodiversity. Because we can only have 15 participants in the program, we are extending it to the Holderness community to participate. This can be done in a backyard, park, hiking trail, and anywhere within Holderness!
In order to participate in this project, first, download the iNaturalist app and sign-up. After signing up, search “Squam Lakes Association BioBlitz” and join the project. You will then notice that there is a countdown for the event. Once the event begins, you can then upload as many living organisms as you can (10-12pm).
Participants will learn three different surveying methods. We will also take a peek at the invasive bittersweet and multiflora rose that is being removed on the SLA campus to show how it prevents biodiversity.
Audience: All ages are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Materials: Anything you need to be comfortable outside for a couple hours (water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, etc.), phone with INaturalist downloaded, and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty.
This Week's LRCC Presenter:
Hi! My name is Laurie Ferreras and I am from New Jersey. I graduated from Rutgers University in May 2021 with a major in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. During my time at Rutgers University, I was the first Latina President of The Rutgers Wildlife Society, Annual Report Specialist for Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad / Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Incorporated, Tour Ambassador, and participated in many campus activities. I even independently researched how to maximize the catch rate of wild bees for the George H. Cook Scholars Program! A random fun fact about me is that I love pink!
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.