Adventure Ecology: Who's Who in a Woods Near You?

Friday, June 30th from 9:00am-11:00am

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Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) for a walk through Belknap Woods accompanied by a lively discussion about forest ecosystems. Anyone is welcome to join so long as they are capable of making a leisurely one mile hike, and are not afraid to get a little muddy. The Adventure Ecology walk will be hosted by Nathan Dulaney, a summer conservation intern with the SLA. He recently graduated from Ball State University in Central Indiana with a degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

Imagine that the forest is a theater production. Every production has a supporting cast that all contribute to create something beautiful and functional. There are various groups of animals and plants that play a special role to create a production. It is one thing to simply walk through a forest and notice the big picture. It is another thing to walk through a forest and recognize the individual parts contributing to the whole system of the forest.

“Only when all the parts are observed can a forest’s true beauty be seen and understood,” said Nathan.

Amongst the topics of discussion will be trees, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. This is an ever-changing environment and there may be some unexpected, but exciting individuals taking up residence along the trail. Because of this, bring your binoculars so you can see them up close. Nathan suggests all participants pay close attention to the discussions because there may be a reward at the end.

For more information, or to sign up for this Adventure Ecology Program, visit the SLA website (squamlakes.org) or contact the SLA directly (603-968-7336). Participants need gear necessary for a short hike that may be muddy including water, boots, and bug spray. Binoculars will also be helpful, but are not required. The SLA also offers other Adventure Ecology trips each summer. Every Friday from June 16th through August 18th, these free programs are open to the public and cover a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Squam Conservation Interns who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association’s mission.