How does Nature survive our New England winters? Plants and animals have developed a multitude of strategies to deal with short days, freezing temperatures, and lack of available water that characterize this challenging season. We will explore hands-on some common examples of New England wildlife (plants, insects, birds, mammals, etc.) and how they prepare for winter as we hike Broad Meadow Brook’s trail system. On any poor weather days, class meets indoors where we will learn with natural artifacts and presentations.
GROUP LEADER: Martha Gach is Conservation Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Center, where she manages sanctuary habitat and directs adult education, teacher and professional development, and conservation interns. Martha holds her doctorate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan and is adjunct faculty at Worcester State University. She has studied birds in Africa, fish in British Columbia and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and is currently learning all about bees in Massachusetts.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609