All programs are open to the public. Please pre-register by clicking here, emailing email@example.com, or calling 603-463-9400, unless noted otherwise, so that Bear-Paw can provide adequate materials for everyone and notify participants in case of any last minute changes.
Discovering New England Stone Walls with Kevin Gardner
October 21 • 7–9 pm
Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett
Co-hosted by Bear-Paw Regional Greenways and the Hooksett Conservation Commission. Sponsored by Ransmeier & Spellman, PC and Hession & Pare, PC. Please join Bear-Paw, the Hooksett Conservation Commission, and the Hooksett Public Library for Kevin Gardner’s talk covering a few topics from his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press). Along the way, Kevin will occupy himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. There will be a generous question and answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.
Immediately preceding Kevin’s presentation, the Hooksett Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting from 5–6:30 pm on the Stewardship Plan that they are developing for the Clay Pond Conservation Area.
Sandwiches and other refreshments will be provided by Bear-Paw to sustain guests through the evening.
Conservation Roundtable – Where’s our next project?
December 2 • 7–9 pm
Bear-Paw Office, Deerfield
Bear-Paw recently completed work on new natural resource inventory maps for the 11-town region it works in. Incorporating the results from NH’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), a recent Nature Conservancy study on climate change, and other natural resource data, Bear-Paw has identified the most important areas of the region to protect. Participants of the roundtable will discuss the results of the mapping project, the conservation focus areas in the region, and how to work together to protect them. Come to this roundtable if you want to learn how to use the maps and help turn them into action.
Bear-Paw Annual Meeting with Ben Kilham
January 24, 2015 • 9 am–3:30 pm
Hooksett Public Library, Hooksett
Please join Bear-Paw for its Annual Meeting to hear a presentation by Ben Kilham, who will talk about his work with orphaned black bear cubs and his new book, In the Company of Bears (formerly Out on a Limb). Ben will have some of his books on hand to sell and autograph. He’ll also join everyone on the afternoon field trip!
The meeting also includes a review of Bear-Paw’s conservation successes of the past year and news of projects in the works. They’ll have the usual home-baked treats for coffee time in the morning as well as the hearty hot lunch of those crock pot dishes provided by the board members and volunteers, as well as a snowshoe hike in the Clay Pond – Hinman Pond conservation area in the afternoon.
There will be tables of raffle items to be won that day, and Bear-Paw welcomes donations from artists, writers, and craftspeople. Please contact Daniel Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-463-9400 if you’d like to contribute to this fun and fundraising part of the Annual Meeting.
February 21, 2015 • 1–3:30 pm
Isinglass River Conservation Reserve, Strafford
Winter conditions offer a great opportunity to explore clues that plants, animals, weather and other natural forces leave behind after a growing season, and over time. Frank Mitchell will lead a group examining the ways plants and animals survive winter, seeking examples in animal tracks and signs and in plant adaptations. Participants will consider how the forest we see today can inform us about its history and its probable future. The afternoon will also feature discussion of how a partnership between Bear-Paw, the Town of Strafford, TPL, and others allowed a rather large conservation project to protect this area.