Wildlife Volunteers Provide Public Talks & Tours

Recently in Springfield (NH), more than 65 people turned out for New Hampshire’s Wild History, a program presented at the town library by the local conservation commission and historical society. It packed the room. Standing room only. The Wild History presentation is one of three topics available through a new program called Speaking for Wildlife made possible by the UNH Cooperative Extension and the NH Coverts Project, a wildlife volunteer program.

Speaking for Wildlife provides trained volunteers that deliver wildlife presentations and lead walks on public lands. The service is available to community groups, libraries, town boards, classrooms, and other interested groups in Sullivan and Grafton County and funded by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Program titles include:

  • Backyard Wildlife,  an indoor presentation that highlights a dozen wildlife species commonly seen in the Upper Valley, their habitats, and how the public can help keep these animals common.
  • New Hampshire’s Wild History, an indoor presentation that takes participants on a virtual journey through New Hampshire’s past, focusing on changes in the land and how wildlife populations have responded over time.
  • Speaking for Wildlife Walks, guided field walks on public lands that can help towns and communities raise awareness about unique properties and places.

Interested in hosting a program or field walk? Contact the UNH Cooperative Extension Forest Resource Educators  Chuck Hersey in Sullivan County, (603) 863-4730 or  chuck.hersey@unh.edu or Dave Falkenham in Grafton County, (603) 787-6944 or dave.falkenham@unh.edu.

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