EFFINGHAM — The public is invited to join the Green Mountain Conservation Group for animal tracking programs led by New Hampshire naturalist and wildlife enthusiast Barbara Bald.
Bald, who taught science to sixth graders at Gilford for 22 years, worked with the Green Mountain Conservation Group to conduct macroinvertebrate sampling and helped facilitate the Sense of Place program for second graders in the Maine schools.
She took tracking lessons with Paul Rezendes and his senior trackers, as well as members of the Appalachian Mountain Club and staff of the White Pines program in Maine. Bald has been tracking animals for 20 years, but with so much to learn about the land and the creatures that live there, she still considers herself an intermediate tracker.
The first program will be a children’s program called “Moose on the Loose” on Monday, February 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Zoom. How big is a moose? How heavy is it? Can he swim? What about his diet?
Bald will introduce young readers to the moose that lives in New Hampshire by reading and showing illustrations from the children’s book “Antlers Forever,” by Frances Bluxam.
Through Zoom, students will have the ability to get answers to these questions and more. Participants will receive a moose bibliography and examples of hands-on activities to try at home. Please contact [email protected] to pre-register for this program.
The second tracking program will be an “Introduction to Animal Tracking” on February 16 from 5-6 p.m. on Zoom. Ever wanted to know what visits your garden at night? During the day? What is sleeping under your shed? Would you like to help young people identify the tracks and signs of the animals we share the earth with?
Through photographs, there will be an examination of footprints, track patterns, strides and rides in the snow, determining where and when to look, and learning about resources that help decode stories in the snow. No scientific experience is necessary. Pre-register at gmcg.org for this program.
The third tracking program will be an “outdoor animal tracking” program on Saturday February 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Green Mountain Conservation Group’s Blue Heron House, located at 236 Huntress Bridge Road in Effingham .
Family-friendly and open to all ages, people will take a short outdoor walk along the Green Mountain Conservation Group’s Blue Heron Trail and also spend time looking at track casts, skins, skulls and more before heading out. go explore the forest.
Participants will learn to identify the tracks of native animals and birds in the snow. Dress according to the weather and with appropriate footwear. Please contact [email protected] to pre-register for this program as places are limited. All of these events are free to the public, donations are graciously accepted.
The Green Mountain Conservation Group has been protecting the natural resources of the Ossipee watershed since 1997.
For more information about Green Mountain Conservation Group, visit gmcg.org and like them on Facebook.