Friday June 23rd, 2017 from 10 AM - 12 PM
Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) for a guided hike through Belknap Woods. During this hike, SLA conservation intern Riley Harris will help participants explore the potential impacts climate change will have on local ecology. The information provided will be directed towards children ages 10 and up, but anyone wishing to learn and participate in a discussion about the subject is welcome to join. The program will take off from the Belknap Woods trailhead, off of Route 25B in Holderness.
Climate shifts and changing weather patterns have already impacted the ecological health of New Hampshire. According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), average temperatures in the Northeast have already increased by more than 1.8°F from pre-industrial levels. Rising temperatures drive major changes and challenges in populations of tree, pest, and bird species across the state. For example, a changing climate impacts many species state-wide including the threatened common loon, sugar maple, and moose.
While hiking through Belknap Woods, Riley will provide a brief introduction to the science and history of climate change. Hikers will also identify multiple tree species that are at risk of becoming endangered in the region. Impacts on pest and bird species within New Hampshire will also be discussed. Participants will leave with an understanding of the tangible impacts climate change will have on local ecology, as well as a sense of excitement and desire to be part of the solution.
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). 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.