Apr
1
Thu
2021
Litchfield Land Trust & The White Memorial Conservation Center Native Plants for Pollinators Sale
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – May 14 @ 5:00 pm
Litchfield Land Trust & The White Memorial Conservation Center Native Plants for Pollinators Sale

April 1 – May 14, 2021

We’ve selected pollinator-friendly plants that provide flower blooms throughout the growing season.  Our pollinator kits provide food for caterpillars and adults butterflies, bees, flower flies, hummingbirds, and many more.  No more guesswork, just install the correct sized kit for your growing conditions and let the power of the plants do the rest.  You’ll see pollinators in your yard that you have never seen before!

Woodland Shade or Sunny Meadow Kits

Mailbox Garden (16 plants of 4 species)

Veggie Garden Booster (32 plants of 5 species)

Pollinator Powerhouse (48 plants of 6 species, plus a free Pollinator Pathway Medallion)

Pollinator Pathway Medallion (6 inch metal placard that indicates that your yard is pollinator-friendly

 

Visit https://whitememorialcc.org/plant-sale/ to see the plants: May 14 Pre-Order Deadline,

May 22 Pick-Up Your Kits

 

May
7
Fri
2021
Hike Ongley Pond from Home via Facebook Live
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Hike Ongley Pond from Home via Facebook Live

Friday, May 7, 2021

Walk one of our most beautiful trails from the comfort of your couch! Let Carrie Szwed, Education Director, be your eyes, ears, and legs as she hikes the ¼ mile Ongley Pond Trail and points out some of the natural wonders that make this trail so special. 10:00 a.m. No registration necessary. Just head to our Facebook page: “The White Memorial Conservation Center.” Please note: This program will NOT be simulcast in Zoom. FREE.    

Virtual Star Party!
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Virtual Star Party!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Get all of the star power you could possibly desire from this informative talk presented by the star-studded members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club! Tonight’s topic presented by Pete Kandefer is, “Exoplanet Discovery”. Discover the methods that astronomers use to discover planets circling distant stars and whether they’re earthlike or exotic worlds. FREE! 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM and Facebook Live! Zoom viewers register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zd4TCj3mTJOQ5y6HZCLHtQ

May
8
Sat
2021
Postcards from a Pandemic Planet ~ India in Crisis with Gajveer Singh
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Saturday, May 8, 2021

10:00 a.m.

FREE on Zoom and Facebook Live!

Zoom participants can register here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vH-mN_wOSJ6MjoreUTxr4A

April 20, 2021 Economic Times ~ Covid-19 is going to kill more people in 2021 than it did last year. If you want to see why, look at what’s happening in India.
Cases have been surging in the country of 1.37 billion people. On Sunday alone, 261,500 new infections were recorded. That’s as bad as the U.S. during all but the worst five days of the pandemic in December and early January. Case counts are rising far more quickly, too.

Average infection numbers over the past seven days have run at nearly three times the level two weeks ago, a pace of growth that the U.S. last saw in the early days of the outbreak a year ago.

VOA NEWS, April 28, 2021 ~ Crematoriums in India were overwhelmed with bodies and a shortage of space forcing them to carry out mass cremations, Wednesday, April 28, as the country’s toll from the coronavirus surged past 200,000.

Meet Gajveer Singh, a brilliant young student in lockdown in a beautiful desert town of Jaisalmer.  Jaisalmer is a small town with only one hospital and a few doctors and has hit hard by the pandemic. Being a student, it is substantially difficult to concentrate on studies with no schools and no proper internet services for online education.

Gajveer will address this situation that is currently swallowing up lives in India at the rate of one every five minutes. Early theories of this pandemic that only metropolitan towns and cities would be affected have been proven wrong.

How has the  pandemic changed the beliefs of the local people about religion?  How is it affecting and destroying the lives of common people in Jaisalmer?

What is the role of the administration to manage this pandemic and what are people’s opinions about it?

Meet Our Presenter:

Name- Gajveer Singh

D.O.B- 19th February, 2004

Nationality- Indian

Email ID- gajveersinghjmr@gmail.com

Address- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Education:

April 2015 – July 2020: St. Pauls School, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.

July 2020 – Present: KV Dabla, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.

Gajveer Singh is a student from Jaisalmer- A small town in western India. He is a national achiever in research competitions and a published author on Amazon. At present, he is a senior in high school and one of the few students in his town with computer science as his subject which is an underrepresented field in his area. His book- The City of Hindenbell has received positive responses from all around the globe. He has won numerous awards at science exhibitions around the state. He has spread awareness about computer science in his town and made an impact on the lives of students through computers.

He has the initiative to plant maximum number of trees in his desert town in schools to provide the students with a beautiful environment to concentrate.

The New Cave Wall with Scottish Naturalist, Bernie Lundie
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The New Cave Wall with Scottish Naturalist, Bernie Lundie

Saturday, May 8, 2021

As people grow increasingly disconnected from Nature, the exposure we do have is increasingly in an online form.  Social media is laden with content of pets and other animals, but what does this tell us about our changing relationship with nature and what effect does our online consumption have on the natural world? Join Bernie Lundie for an exploration of animals on the Internet, from keyboard playing cats to the dark underbelly of the wildlife trade .We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we might even see a few doggos.

About Our Speaker:  Bernie Lundie is a Scottish naturalist born and raised on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. When not in the village school he was catching minnows, picking wild fruit for his grannies pies and uncovering the secrets of the natural world. Holidays for him meant summers playing on the wild Kintyre coast with binoculars in hand. These experiences of nature from a young age inspired him to carry out a degree in Zoology at the University of Glasgow. His desire to share knowledge saw him become a core volunteer in various community gardens and member of research programs. Through his studies Bernie has found himself working at the remote Skalanes Nature and Heritage Reserve on the East coast of Iceland on 3 consecutive scientific expeditions . Coming full circle, Bernie has returned to his childhood haunt of Kintyre with the aim of connecting others to the natural world. http://www.wildcoastwanders.co.uk/

2:00 p.m., ZOOM and facebook Live! FREE! Zoom participants register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_94FdO4iBSaSLkGswTvjaIg

May
15
Sat
2021
The Old Leatherman with Shirley Sutton
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Old Leatherman with Shirley Sutton

Saturday, May 15, 2021

During the 1800’s there was a mysterious wanderer who hiked Westchester County, New York, western Connecticut, and the Berkshires. Speaking very little, he communicated his needs of food primarily with hand gestures. Dressed in his leather “suit”,he was, at first, a curious and fearful sight. But as residents grew to expect his appearances in their towns, they were happy to accommodate his simple requests and were known to also give him leather scraps, tobacco, and sometimes money.

Due to his attire and the fact that he did not reveal his name, he was given the name Leatherman.  In time, most people came to accept his diverse appearance and ways, and waited with anticipation for his return visits.  Despite the tramp laws of the time, there is no record of his arrest other than in 1888, in concern for his failing health.

Misidentified as Jules Bourglay of Lyons, France, a great deal has been written about him, some of it truth, some of it fiction.  It is hard to discern what is fact since all who knew him, or saw him, have passed on. Today’s public is left to draw conclusions and decide for themselves who the Leatherman really was.

Shirley Sutton is an Independent Educator, Historical Storyteller, Master Wildlife Conservationist, and Performing Artist. Currently an employee of Hale Reservation in Westwood Massachusetts, she leads adventures in the forest and on a “floating classroom”.

Sutton first became interested in the Leather Man in 1974 when her then Canton, CT landlady revealed having seen him.

To date Shirley has visited a couple dozen Leather Man shelter sites.  She continues her quest to learn all she can about this mysterious figure.

2:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE, Non Members: $10.00, Pre-register at www.whtememorialcc.org .

May
22
Sat
2021
Tornados! with Tom Alena
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tornados! with Tom Alena

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Tornados are one of Nature’s most violent and sudden atmospheric phenomena.  How they form, what conditions are necessary for their development, and how they are forecast will be a focus of this presentation. We’ll take you back to the deadly Springfield, MA tornado of June 1, 2011 as well as highlight the 1989 Bantam, CT tornado. As a teacher, Tom show you how he demonstrates tornado formation in the classroom and how he sets up a tornado simulation display in his science lab.  Join us for a blustery afternoon of conversation and information on this fascinating subject. 3:00 p.m., ZOOM, Members: FREE  Non-Members: $10.00 . Please pre-register: www.whitememorialcc.org

May
29
Sat
2021
Knick of Time ~ DDT, The Chemical Al Capone with Gerri Griswold
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Knick of Time ~ DDT, The Chemical Al Capone with Gerri Griswold

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Rachel Carson imagined a world void of the sounds of insects and birds in her ground-breaking book “Silent Spring,” published in 1962. Millions were stunned to discover the deadly consequences of our increasing dependence on potent pesticides. Poisons like DDT slowly accumulated in each stage of the food chain almost destroying some birds of prey like the Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagle. In the 11th hour the efforts of falconers single-handedly pulled the Peregrine from the clutches of “nevermore”.  Gerri Griswold will address the history of DDT and the amazing comeback of raptor species with the discontinuation of its use. 2:00 P.M., ZOOM and Facebook Live! FREE. Zoom users register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NR6xreUzTLaED-aX86jhQw

May
31
Mon
2021
Memorial Day
May 31 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2021

OFFICES CLOSED

Jun
2
Wed
2021
Yoga in the Garden with Judith Ehrman-Shapiro
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Yoga in the Garden with Judith Ehrman-Shapiro

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

In the garden behind the White Memorial museum, we will practice gentle, Vinyasa yoga as we listen to the birds, feel the morning breezes, and celebrate the warmth of the summer sun. Class will be followed by a brief guided meditation for those who would like to participate. This is an all levels, all ages program and requires no prior yoga or meditation experience! Recent studies have shown the benefits of yoga, which include stress reduction, improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance.

8:00 am – 9:00 am, Please bring a mat and water (sunscreen/bug repellant if desired). Each class is $10 (with $1 of each going to White Memorial). Come to one, several, or all! For information and to check in event of rain, please call 860-309-9489.

COVID/PAYMENT PROTOCOL: Please wear your mask into and out of class. Mats must be at least 6 feet from one another. When class starts, masks may be removed for practice. Please do not attend class if you aren’t feeling well. Payment may be exchanged without touch through Venmo (to @Judith-Ehrman-Shapiro). Other forms of payment include cash, check, and credit card. The teacher may not have change, so please bring exact amount.

Judith Ehrman-Shapiro, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, RYT is a Board-Certified movement therapist, nationally certified counselor, and a registered yoga teacher. She was a 29-year employee of Waterbury Hospital, and currently operates the Evolving Center, a private practice, in Winsted.