Harris Center Talks this Fall to Include AUNE Faculty and Alumni

A series of talks at Keene State College this fall will include several by faculty and alumni from Antioch University New England (AUNE). All events are free and open to the public. They are co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire, and the Keene State College School of Sciences.

Details on the events:

Thursday, September 1, 7 to 8 p.m.
Landscaping and Bird Diversity in our Cities
Mountainview Room, Student Center
Can landscaping with native plants reverse the loss of bird biodiversity in our cities? Susannah Lerman talks about her research into the profound impacts of yards and gardens on urban and suburban bird biodiversity. Lerman,(MS ’05) an AUNE alumna, is a post-doctoral research associate with the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station based at the University of Massachusetts —Amherst.

Friday, September 30, 7 to 8 p.m.
Saw-whet Science in Southwest New Hampshire
Science Center Room 101
Chris Volonte, AUNE graduate student, presents her findings from the first three years of banding more than 400 Northern saw-whet owls as part of southwest New Hampshire’s first saw-whet owl banding project. How does her Monadnock region research contribute to the national effort to better understand owl migration?

Wednesday, October 19, 7 to 8 p.m.
Mount Monadnock: Summit Science
Science Center (Room TBD)
Peter Palmiotto, core faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies and founder and director of AUNE’s Monadnock Ecological Research & Education (MERE) Project, will discuss several innovative research and stewardship initiatives on Mount Monadnock. More than 95,000 people annually hike Monadnock, the second most-climbed mountain in the world. With so many visitors, and climate change looming, the summit’s fragile alpine plant communities require special care.

Thursday, November 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Green Fire Film Showing
Putnam Theater
The newly released film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time will be shown. This high-definition documentary explores the life and extraordinary legacy of Aldo Leopold, widely considered the father of the modern land conservation movement.

Find more information on the events here or contact Brett Amy Thelen,(MS’07) program director for the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory at the Harris Center for Conservation Education and an AUNE alumna, at 603-358-2065 or email thelen@harriscenter.org