Saturday, September 21, 2019
The Bald Eagle is America’s comeback raptor and its rebound from the Endangered Species list is one of the most remarkable environmental stories of the 20th Century. Human interaction caused its decline to just 400 nesting pairs by the early 1960s in the contiguous United States and the work of visionary environmentalists helped secure its revival. In 1992, Connecticut had just one nesting pair of eagles and those were in Litchfield County at the Barkhamsted Reservoir. In 2018, there were 38 active nests throughout the state that produced 68 chicks.
Around 2011, White Memorial and Bantam Lake welcomed their own eagles, a nesting pair that started setting up house in 2011. Since then these majestic birds have called this area home and return each year in late January to shore up their nest, mate and, eventually lay and hatch eggs.
For four years now, Leo Kulinski has photographed these eagles while braving the biting chill of January and February standing on the ice hoping for an eagle in flight or heads popping up in the nest.
Leo will lend his photographs and observations of the Bantam Lake eagles while Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple speak about Bald Eagle as the two will combine to present a glimpse of these majestic birds that we now can call our own.
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 to register or register online: www.whitememorialcc.org
About Ginny Apple: A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations, ending her career with the Connecticut Judicial Branch where she was the Branch historian, photographer and the creative director of the Branch’s website.
Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural.
A move to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted 14 years ago brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
She is a member of the Barkhamsted Conservation and Economic Development Commissions, on the Boards of the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA), the Friends of Connecticut States Parks and the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS), volunteers regularly with the Barkhamsted Historical Society and maintains the Facebook pages for the Town of Barkhamsted, the Barkhamsted Historical Society and FALPS.
Just to keep her creative juices percolating, she has a side business, Murder Without Pain, where she writes murder mystery games based on historical subjects and runs them at country inns, corporate parties and fundraisers.
About Leo Kulinski, Jr.: White Memorial’s brilliant Court Photographer, participant in every edition of the Litchfield Hills Road Race, Humpback Whale Whisperer, Bald Eagle Godfather, James Taylor Devotee, and just about the most humble guy you would ever hope to meet. www.leokulinskijr.com