Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on December 2nd, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm for a low intensity hike through Belknap Woods to identify habitats ideal for amphibians. As part of the SLA Adventure Ecology program series, LRCC AmeriCorps member, Ben Grunwald, will lead participants ages 12 and up in an exploration of natural and artificial habitats commonly utilized by native amphibians. Participants will meet at the Belknap Woods trail head parking lot and start on the Beaver Pond Loop. Participants should be prepared with cold weather hiking gear and plenty of snacks and water for the hike.
When the cold weather hits, many kinds of amphibians such as frogs swim to the bottom of ponds and lakes to burrow in the mud until spring. Squam Lake and the surrounding region are home to over a dozen different species of amphibians which rely on the diversity of habitats found in the area. Amphibians provide a number of services to the area such as acting as an indicator species for ecosystem health, being voracious predators when it comes to small invertebrates, and of course, just being cute. However, in order to better enjoy everything that these critters bring to our forests, it is important to understand the conservation concerns related to amphibians as well as where to look for them.
Throughout the hike, participants will be introduced to a variety of ways that they can get involved with local amphibian conservation. This will include methods of locating and creating amphibian friendly habitats in their own backyard, as well as information about conservation threats and citizen science efforts related to amphibians. Although we may not find any amphibians during the hike, as it is unlikely that they will still be active this time of the year, participants will be better prepared to experience them come the spring.
For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology program, visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact SLA directly (603-968-7336). The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology programs throughout the winter. These free programs, presented by the LRCC AmeriCorps members at SLA, are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics.