"The Shortnosed Sturgeon"
Speaker: Tom Savoy, Fisheries Biologist
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Program Location: Old Lyme Town Hall
52 Lyme St., Old Lyme

The shortnose sturgeon is one of seven species of sturgeons found in North America. Sturgeons are prehistoric species that date back to the time of dinosaurs. Since 1967 this fish has been classified as an endangered species and is now federally and state protected. Their decline in population was due to overfishing, loss of habitat, limited access to spawning areas and water pollution. 

Tom Savoy, a fisheries biologist, has been researching Atlantic sturgeon in Long Island Sound and shortnose sturgeon in the Connecticut River for more than 20 years. 



"The American Woodcock"
Speaker: Patricia Laudano, Naturalist, Conservationist

Program & Field Walk Location: Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Salt Meadow Unit
733 Old Clinton Rd, Westbrook
Inclement weather reschedules programs
Call 860-399-2513 for any updates

A PowerPoint presentation will precede a short walk to the fields at the refuge to witness, firsthand, the dynamic, ritual courtship flight of one of the most unique shrubland birds to breed in Connecticut. You will be amazed learning about this most unusual bird’s anatomy, physiology and amusing behavior.  

Patti Laudano has been an environmental educator for over 30 years with experience in wildlife management and many research projects. Her love of the natural world has spilled over into painting turning her favorite subjects into beautiful works of art. 


THURSDAY, April 4, 7:00 PM

"Birding Alaska"
Speaker: Sam Fried

Program Location: Old Lyme Town Hall
52 Lyme St., Old Lyme

Sam spent 47 days in Alaska in the spring and summer of 2016, exploring just about every region accessible by motor vehicle and more by plane. This program explores Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez, the Denali Highway, Denali National Park, Nome, St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands and Prudhoe Bay for the greatest journey ever through our 49th state!

Click here for Sam's bio


THURSDAY, May 2, 7:00 PM

"The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat"
Speaker: Paul Colburn, 
Master Wildlife Conservationist

Program Location: Old Lyme Town Hall
52 Lyme St., Old Lyme

Paul will focus on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut and will provide an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts.  Bobcat artifacts will also be shown. Mountain lions will also be discussed.

Paul Colburn is a certified graduate of DEEP’s Master Wildlife Conservationist program. He is trained in wildlife management, natural history, and interpretation. 

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THURSDAY, June 6, 7:00 PM

"The Virginia Opossum"
Speaker: Barbara Hawes, Wildlife Rehabilitator

Program Location: Old Lyme Town Hall
52 Lyme St., Old Lyme

The opossum is often maligned and labeled "vicious" or "a nuisance." The exact opposite is true. There are a lot of other myths to bust about this misunderstood marsupial. There will be answers to typical questions: Do they "play possum"? Are they related to rats? Do they hang by their tail? And there will be plenty of facts revealed that most people do not know.

Barbara Hawes has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the State of Connecticut, DEEP for 20 years. She is also a Potapaug Audubon board member.


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