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"Speaking of Nature" Lecture Series

FLCC Muller Field Station - 6455 County Road 36 - Honeoye, New York

Please join us for an exciting and informative lecture series at the Muller Field Station of Finger Lakes Community College.  Presentations by college faculty, staff and local scientists are free and light refreshments will be provided.  Seating is limited and reservations are required for each program.  For more information and to make reservations, call Nancy Lawson at 585-785-1257.

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00-8:30pm

A Tiny Home at the Top of the World.  Marty Dodge, retired FLCC Conservation Professor, will share his Summer 2013 Alaskan adventure video featuring the lands and changing seasons north of the Arctic Circle.  It will also feature the various stages of construction of a small dwelling carved by chain saw and hewing axes from traditional lumber and forest trees.

Saturday, March 8, 7:00-8:30pm

White Nose Syndrome, the Darkest of Nights for North American Bats. There is an exotic fungus that has killed millions of bats across the Northeast since it first appeared in 2006, placing some species at risk of extinction.  It is now found throughout most of the eastern half of North America and continues to move westward. Al Hicks, retired endangered species specialist for the NYS DEC, whose team first discovered the disease, will discuss the history and current efforts to deal with this problem.

Thursday, March 13, 7:00-8:30pm

Seeds: The History, Significance, and Techniques of Seed Saving with Petra Page-Mann, owner of Fruition Seeds.  The significance of seed cannot be overestimated:  from how we approach global biodiversity to how we choose our afternoon snack, every decision we make impacts the seeds being sown around the world.  In a time when a few corporations control the vast majority of the seeds planted, re-establishing regional seed networks is the foundation of the resilient community, ecology and economy we all strive for.

Fruition Seeds grows certified organic, regionally adapted and open-pollinated seed of vegetables, herbs, flowers and grains in Naples, New York. Collaborating with farms, universities, chefs and policy makers throughout the Northeast, Fruition Seeds is committed to expanding and empowering the significance of seed in our bioregion's agriculture and culture.

Come learn about the history, significance and techniques of seed saving. Discover how easy it is to customize seed to your garden; expect to come away inspired and empowered!

Wednesday, April 23, 7:00-8:30pm

South American Wildlife: From the Amazon to the Pantanal.  Join John Van Niel as he shares highlights from three different trips to South America. The presentation will focus on the mammals and birds of Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. Images and stories of giant otters, tapirs, parrots and South America's tallest bird and the world's largest rodent are all part of the presentation. Learn about clay licks, cloud forests, and caterpillars that pretend to be spiders.

Thursday, May 8, 7:00-8:30pm

"Last Child in the Swamp" Join D.J. Kitzel, guide/facilitator for Pack, Paddle, Ski Corp. and middle/high school teacher, in a discussion on the importance of children being outside. Learn what prevents adults, and therefore children, from being outdoors and share strategies on facilitating outdoor experiences for kids. Topics will range from the necessity of green space in human development to the nuts and bolts of how to structure expeditions for kids. This discussion will also be helpful to conservation students who are interested in careers in outdoor leadership.