Our next events
Women in Conservation Presentation “Wolves and Wings”
on Thursday November 25 at 6 pm at theMontshire Museun of Scence, Norwich, VT
Join us for this public presentation in our Women in Conservation Series! Wildlife expert Cheryl Asa, PhD, and raptor specialist Anna Morris will share inspiring stories. Free admission and refreshments.
Cheryl Asa, Ph.D., a leading expert on endangered wolves and feral horses in the western U.S., and Anna Morris, an award-winning educator at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), will headline the Upper Valley’s fall Women in Conservation presentation on Thursday, November 15, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT. The event is sponsored by the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group, and the Montshire Museum of Science.
Now in its second year, the acclaimed Women in Conservation series showcases women from throughout the two-state region who influence our understanding of and interactions with the natural world. The programs offer area residents an opportunity to hear these women’s inspiring stories and draw from their leadership and stewardship.
Dr. Asa has nearly 30 years of research in comparative reproductive physiology and behavior of numerous species as Director of Research at the Saint Louis Zoo. She retired to Norwich, VT in 2016; however, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to fund her work with endangered Mexican wolves, and she still serves as a scientific advisor for management of wild horses. Dr. Asa holds undergraduate degrees in zoology and psychology and a Ph.D. in endocrinology and reproductive physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her graduate research focused on behavioral endocrinology of both horses and monkeys.
Ms. Morris is the Lead Environmental Educator at VINS, where she teaches informal programs featuring native North American birds of prey. She has worked with wild birds at The Raptor Trust, The Cornell Raptor Program, and The World Center for Birds of Prey, and she studied Striated Caracaras in the Falkland Islands while completing her Master’s degree at Boise State University. Ms. Morris has won numerous awards and honors, and is a poet, photographer, and artist.
“Few moments stir the soul like hearing the distant howl of a wolf or glimpsing an eagle in flight,” states SCA President CEO Jaime Matyas. “We look forward to hearing the unique insights of these pioneering women as they pertain to wildlife and sustainability, and how they have advanced their professional careers.”
Sponsors: The Sierra Club Upper Valley Group; the Student Conservation Association; and the Montshire Museum of Science.
UVSC Excom Meeting
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday December 18 at 6:30 pm at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. All are very welcome to attend!
NPS – 100
2016 was the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service! Along with the national Sierra Club and many Chapters and Groups we have actively participated in Events sponsored by the Park Service in our area. The Boots to Boats initiative continued in 2018, as does the ongoing cooperation between our Group and the Park Service.
Here is our own Joan Hoffman, Artist in Residence at the Park!
Here is Karl Kemnitzer with our Upper Valley Group table at the NPS-100 event
Here is Bonna Wieler with our table at the Boots to Boats celebration: