Thursday, June 7th, 7:00 PM

"World of the Woodpecker"

Guest Speaker: Ted Gilman, Senior Naturalist and Environmental Education Specialist
From Audubon Greenwich Connecticut
2nd degree connection

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

The sight and sound of a woodpecker pecking at the side of a tree is a familiar event in a birdwatcher's experience. However, while woodpeckers are familiar parts of the local bird life for most of us, they have some fascinating behaviors and adaptations which are not as well known. These birds can be found in a variety of habitats around our country and around the world. To help us uncover some of the lesser known details of these marvelous birds, Ted Gilman will share a PowerPoint and slide presentation, posters, preserved specimens and other materials. Ted will also offer some tips on identification and habitat preferences, general life history and conservation information, as well as perspective on the surveys and discussions which followed the reports of rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in 2004.  Ted will also touch on the current observance of "The Year of the Bird" and share ways in which we can all take action to help in bird conservation.

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"Return of the Sea Otter"

Guest Speaker: Todd McLeish, Author 
2nd degree connection

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

Join author Todd McLeish as he shares adorable photos and describes his adventures studying sea otters from California to Alaska. Nearly driven extinct for their thick fur pelts, the “champions of cute” have returned to the West Coast in big numbers but are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, fishermen and native hunters. Todd’s book about sea otters, which will be published in March 2018, will be available for purchase and signing.


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