Winter Lecture Series at Lecthworth State Park

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Date(s) - 03/11/2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park


A weekly lecture series. Every Sunday through March

January 21st – Life in the Longhouse Village by Perry Ground – sponsored by the Friends of Letchworth State Park
This artifact-filled presentation will present a broad overview of the history, culture & traditions of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) People. The lively, engaging, and family friendly program will focus on Native American lifestyles prior to the arrival of European settlers when Haudenosaunee lived in longhouses and survived using the Natural Resources of NYS. The presenter for this session is Perry Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation, who has been a storyteller and educator for over 25 years. For teachers seeking professional development or CEU credit, a letter of attendance will be available.

January 28th – Letchworth Beyond the Turnouts by Keith Walters, professional photographer
Join us as Keith Walters discusses his 2017 photo-narrative project, “Beyond the Turnouts,” in which he spent the year documenting areas of Letchworth State Park that are less traveled by most visitors.

February 4th – Salamanders, Peepers and Pools by Jim Kernan, SUNY Geneseo
Vernal pools are unique ecosystems that are critical to amphibian reproduction. SUNY Geneseo geography professor Jim Kernan will discuss the importance of vernal pools in regional biodiversity.

February 11th – Environmental Education and Outreach – Excelsior Conservation Corps by Leah Cantor, SCA Excelsior Conservation Corps – SCA’s Excelsior Conservation Corps was started in 2015 as Governor Cuomo’s initiative to create a modern day Civilian Conservation Corps. The ECC is a 10-month residential program which employs 50 AmeriCorps members aged 18-28. There are five distinct crews in this program: Mixed Stewardship crews (2), Infrastructure and Sustainability Crew, Surveying/Assessment Crew, and Environmental Education and Outreach crew. The Education/Outreach crew spends 10 months traveling the state of New York as they provide campgrounds with environmental educational programming, build interpretive trails for parks and perform other environmental educational work across the state.

February 18th – The Scent of Death and a Woodland Salamander by Aaron Sullivan, Houghton College
Anti-predator behaviors revolve around two simple truths: 1) virtually all animals are predators and prey at some point in their lives, and 2) traits that make an animal an efficient predator may increase their danger of becoming a meal. Because the risk of predation is high (for nearly everyone), prey should maximize their sensitivity to stimuli from predators in the environment. In our research, we investigate how some prey species (salamanders) respond to chemicals from predators (snakes).

February 25th – Maple Sugaring by Greg Zimpfer, Zimpfer’s Maple Products
Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in Western New York. Come learn the history and process of maple sugaring from a local producer who helps keep New York State one of the top producers of maple syrup in the country.

March 4th – Studies on Conservation and Natural History – by Various Students, SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Geneseo students will showcase their research in this poster exhibition. Each student will provide a brief introduction to their work. Afterward, the audience can visit the posters and ask questions. SUNY Geneseo geography professor Jim Kernan will introduce the exhibition.

March 11th – So You Think You Want an Exotic Pet? by Karin Fires, Wildlife Educators Coalition
Come meet some real live exotic pets! Find out what life is like with an unusual mammal, tropical bird or big reptile. Enjoy up close and personal encounters with some beautiful beasts.

March 18th – Mushrooms – by David Wolf, Rochester Area Mycological Society
The world of fungi and their mushrooms is a mystery to many people. Join us as David Wolf highlights some common mushrooms in our area, and shares natural history notes of some of our little forest treasures.

March 25th – All About Bluebirds – and More by John Rogers
Join us as John Rogers explores the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, as well as other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more! While the focus will be on bluebirds, John will also share his passion for the natural world in hopes that the audience will take away some broader and deeper messages about nature – and life.