Center for Environmental Literacy Lecture Series Kicks Off November 8
Sense of Place: At Home in the Connecticut River Valley, a lecture
series spanning two semesters sponsored by MHC's Center for Environmental
Literacy (CEL), will begin Wednesday, November 8, with a talk by Beth
Goettel, director of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife
Refuge. Her lecture, titled A Bird's-Eye View of the Watershed,
will be held in Gamble Auditorium, at 7 pm. The Conte refuge contributes
to, and integrates its work with, the other place-specific preservation
projects in the region in innovative ways. In her talk, Goettel will
introduce the refuge, explaining what makes it different, its work,
and the challenges it faces.
Goettel has worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
for the past seven years, rising from a member of the Conte Refuge
planning team, to refuge biologist, to assistant project leader, and,
finally, to project leader. She began her career with the United States
Environmental Protection Agency, conducting environmental-impact assessments.
As a wildlife biologist for the Army Corps of Engineers, she focused
on wildlife habitat impact-mitigation planning. Goettel has also served
as a volunteer biologist and environmental educator at Moosehorn National
Wildlife Refuge in Maine, Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge in
Maine, and Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.
The series will continue November 21 with Bedrock: The Geology
of the Connecticut Valley, a talk to be given by Richard D.
Little, a geology professor at Greenfield Community College. Little
will offer a slide presentation on the geology of the Connecticut
River Valley, providing an underview of the natural features
we see on the surface, as well as a solid base of understanding for
the places that the lecture series will focus on in coming months.
This lecture will also be be in Gamble Auditorium at 7 pm. Little
is the author of Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents, a popular
book on the geology of the Connecticut River Valley, and two educational
videos, The Flow of Time in the Connecticut River Valley and The Rise
and Fall of Glacial Lake Hitchcock.
Rounding out the first semester's lectures will be a December
5 talk by Mary Shanley-Koeber, director of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
in Easthampton. Her lecture, titled Over There, or, A Little
Piece of Heaven, will outline Arcadia's growth and history
and its place in the Massachusetts Audubon Society network of sanctuaries.
She will also introduce some of the important and lesser-known habitats
at Arcadia, together with some of the recreational and research opportunities
Second-semester talks include In Our Own Back Yard I: Skinner State Park, by regional interpreter Gini Traub (February 7); The Forest and the Trees: A Visit to Harvard Forest, by John O'Keefe, Fisher Museum coordinator (February 21); In Our Own Back Yard II: The Notch Visitor Center, by Jim Terruso, park ranger (March 7); Water, Water Everywhere: The Quabbin Reservoir, by Dale Monette, naturalist (March 27); For Those Who Came Before: Native Americans in the Connecticut River Valley, by Mitchell Mulholland, director of archeological services, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (April 11); and Heart and Soul: The Connecticut River Greenway State Park, by Terry Blunt, director of the Connecticut Valley Action Program (April 25).