THURSDAY, MARCH 8th, 7:00 P.M.

Guest Speaker: Emilie Wilder, Program Manager 
Zoo New England
2nd degree connection

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

This endangered species needs help! The hatchlings are being protected and then raised by school children. Come learn about this unique project and a turtle you've probably never heard of.


 25th, 6:30 P.M.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st, 6:30 P.M.

Guest Speaker: Patricia Laudano,
Naturalist & Former Potapaug President
2nd degree connection

Location: Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge
Salt Meadow Unit, 733 Old Clinton Rd. Westbrook

Two chances to see a special PowerPoint presentation and learn about the elusive and endlessly fascinating Woodcock. After the program, go out on the grounds of the refuge to witness the males mating flight.


THURSDAY, MAY 3rd, 7:00 P.M.

"Introduction to Spring Birdwatching"
Guest Speaker: Robert Braunfield
Artist, Naturalist, Author and Teacher of Birdwatching 
2nd degree connection

Location: Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave., Essex
(note different location)
(co-sponsored by Essex Land Trust)

Rob Braunfield, who has lived in the northeast for over 25 years, has a unique approach to birdwaching: combining an aesthetic appreciation of birds with a biological understanding of their lives. Join him for a lively discussion on the techniques used to identify migrant songbirds, shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl. He will illustrate his information with slides and will create drawings on the spot for the audience. Great for all ages.


Date: October 4th, 7:30 PM

"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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