Saturday, March 7, 2020
There is a “hidden history” of America’s first peoples. Of course, there hasn’t been a conspiracy to hide that history. It’s the simple result of historical amnesia. For example, most Americans are unaware that Native American cultures included long-lived empires of pyramid building farmers whose cities were ruled over by powerful kings. Not many know that in the American Southwest, there were peaceful farmers living in enormous, finely constructed adobe and stone apartment complexes. Fewer still are familiar with the awe-inspiring natural galleries where ancient native artists left behind tens of thousands of depictions of a broad array of complex geometric forms, naturalistic animals, and phantasmagorical spirit beings. The remains of many of these monuments, sites, and works of art still exist and can be visited by the archaeological tourist.
Dr. Kenneth Feder’s book, Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself isn’t just a travel guide: it’s a “time-travel” guide. Inspiring your journey through time by visiting these sites is his goal, both in his book as well as in this presentation.
Dr. Kenneth Feder is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00 Non-members: $15.00, Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Ian grew up in Connecticut with seventeen entertaining and musical brothers and sisters. Outrageous family dinner time jam sessions, with instruments like “salt shaker” and “nose” gave Ian a love for music and performance. After high school, Ian spent five years in the military. Did a lot of growing up there… Came home, traveled more, fell in love, broke up, rinsed, repeated… broke the chain, got married… Making a family and a music career in his own little American dream..
Ian’s music is influenced mostly by singer songwriters. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Then came these modern day folkies… The Patti Larkin, Eddie from Ohio, Cheryl Wheeler and the likes… Ian’s music is about making your way through life as an American kid, and now an adult who always ‘feels’ like a kid. Ian is always interested in finding the light. Songs of love, growth, journey, killing, lost innocence, learning… It’s all in there.. BYOB! Cake and coffee will be on hand! This evening is going to be so much fun! 7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room. All tickets: $15.00. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
The owls don’t give a hoot that it’s daylight savings and you just lost an hour of sleep! Neither do Fran! Or Gerri! You can do it! Venture out into the crisp autumn morning in search of our native owls with expert Fran Zygmont. We’ll be in search of Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-Whet Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Dress for the weather! Coffee and comestibles will be served beforehand. Optional breakfast at Patty’s apres program. 5:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. Space is limited to 15 participants! You must pre-register for this program by calling 860-567-0857 or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Join birder Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com
In the words of Kristi, “If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!”
The program will average about 2 hours with the first segment in the field and the rest in the A. B. Ceder Room. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Meet in front of The Carriage House FREE…Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
(Snow date: March 21, 2020)
Cerebrum, Cerebellum, Medulla Oblongata, Hippocampus…How big are yours? Are you even remotely prepared to test your Nature knowledge at our 4th Annual Nature Trivia Night? Teams of up to six (we HIGHLY encourage team costumes) will compete for a valuable prize. Register individually, but form teams beforehand, or we’ll put you a team when you arrive.
A Chili supper will be served along with dessert, coffee, and soft drinks. BYOB and your own place setting. Come on, Brainiacs! Are you afraid of the challenge brought forth by our team of experts? 7:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $10.00, Non members: $25.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. You can register for this program online.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society organize this astronomy program. Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. An adult must accompany children under 16. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE… Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Tis’ the season when our beautiful bats awaken from their winter slumber and return to our yards to perform Herculean deeds! Join Gerri Griswold for a lavishly illustrated talk that touches on the basics of the most beneficial and unjustifiably maligned mammal on our planet. How many species of bats are there? Where do they live? Why are they so important to us? What is harming them….and so much more. Meet a live amBATsador and be swept up by Griswold’s life-long love affair with these tremendous creatures!
Gerri Griswold is Director of Administration and Development at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has handled bats for twenty-eight years as a wildlife rehabilitator and educator and is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the United States Department of Agriculture to keep and exhibit non releasable bats and more recently, Porcupines for education. Over the years Griswold and her bats have delivered hundreds of programs to libraries, classrooms, Scout troops and organizations like the National Park Service and the Yale Peabody Museum. They have appeared on the cover of The Weekly Reader and produced a segment about bats for The Late Show with David Letterman. Griswold was featured in “Seasons of Connecticut” by Diane Smith, published by Globe Pequot Press, released in June 2010.
2:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: FREE Non-members: $5.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online.