Snug as a Bug: Insects in Winter

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Meet at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest East Parking Lot, College Rd, Center Harbor, NH 03226, USA. The following link will take you to the west lot. Just down the road is the east lot which doesn't have much room to park so you might need to park and walk from the west lot. Click Here for a Google Map.

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

This Week's Program:

The freezing winds, snow and ice make winter a tough time for the plants and animals of our forests. Once the frost sets in, we might imagine that the entire natural world shuts down, and the only survivors are those warm-blooded animals like birds or mammals. As it turns out, some of the best winter warriors don’t have feathers, fur, or even a backbone, and go to incredible lengths to survive the coldest wintry conditions. Join us on January 18th as we explore the adaptations and strategies that enable dozens of insect species to survive the cold.

Lakes Region Conservation Corps members Nick Langlois and Micaela Wells plan to take participants through Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest at 10am, teaching them how to spot the places acting as prime winter habitat for our invertebrate friends that make up such a valuable part of any ecosystem. We plan to walk up to 3 miles in this time, so participants must be prepared for cold conditions for up to 3 hours.

What to Bring: Participants should bring appropriate clothing, extra layers, comfortable water resistant shoes for hiking, water, lunch, snacks and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.  

Audience: All ages capable of hiking 3 miles in cold, wintry conditions. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This Week's LRCC Guides: 

Hi my name is Nick Langlois, and I’m from Marysville Ohio. Last spring I graduated from Otterbein University, and shortly thereafter joined the Lakes Region Conservation Corps to get my boots muddy in New Hampshire forests. This past summer I served with the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, exposing me to the intricacies of trail maintenance and the best parts of land management. My time in school and the outdoors has fueled my passion for conservation and cool insects; I am super excited to join SLA for the season. Cooking, reading, climbing and hiking are my favorite hobbies!

Hi, I’m Micaela Wells! I earned my B.S. in Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and then left my childhood woodlands behind to pursue fame and fortune with AmeriCorps here on the East Coast. You can generally identify me in the wild by my bared feet and twig-strewn hair (often even in the winter), despite my mother's best attempts to make a lady out of me. I enjoy any form of outdoor adventure, and never grow tired of learning about the natural world.

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 perform 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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