Saturday, May 1, 2021
So many folks can be intimidated by cooking because they simply are not familiar with the flavors that herbs can lend to a recipe. Once you have knowledge of how to use herbs in cooking, you will become a monster in the kitchen! Our menu today will focus on some of the most commonly found herbs: Dill, Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, and Mint. 12:00 p.m., ZOOM and Facebook Live, FREE, Zoom participants can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y6bWqH2WTCGB0vwf96GcGA
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Native plants are vital to restoring our landscape by providing food and habitat for our pollinators, but where are we getting our plants from? Understanding an ecoregional framework for conservation is crucial to sourcing “the right plants for the right place.” Join Sefra Alexandra lead of CT NOFA’s (Northeast Organic Farming Associations) Ecotype Project, as she explains the process of sustainably sourcing wild pollinator seeds and making them locally available to you!
7:00 p.m., FREE, ZOOM and Facebook Live, ZOOM participants register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TNoDqtlgT2u57_04u0IHiQ
Photo credit: Jonathan R. Beckerman
One Thursday Per Month (May 6, June 3, July 8, August 12)
Virtual Nature’s Nursery Series
Ages 3-6 Years
4-4:30pm (note the time change from the previous series).
Join us via Zoom on one Thursday per month from May – August for a 30-minute program designed just for your young nature lovers. Every session will include a story featuring wild animals and then an up-close encounter with a live animal! Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please visit whitememorialcc.org or call 860-567-0857 to register. Space is limited! The day before each session for which you are registered, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. Sign up by session or for the whole series. Members: $5/session or $15/whole series (4 sessions), Non-Members: $8/session or $25/whole series (4 sessions)
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.
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
Saturday, May 8, 2021
FREE on Zoom and Facebook Live!
Zoom participants can register here:
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
Email ID- email@example.com
Address- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
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.
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
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 .
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
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