Saturday, November 12, 2022

Beaver Pond Wildlife Part 5 film in Hartford

 


 

Reserve a seat at Real Art Ways theater in Hartford, CT, for the November 30, 2022 screening of "Beaver Pond Wildlife: Part 5 - Fall to Winter", the final segment of the Really Wild Wednesdays: Eager Ecological Engineers program, which begins at 7pm. Admission is free.

The 5-part film series documents wild animal and plant life above and below water at typical northeast beaver ponds over a year's time span. 

 



In Part 5, we'll see the dramatic change of colors from summer greens to autumn's fiery reds and glowing golds, as the bounty of summer quickly wanes. All wildlife is now focused on the priority of surviving the coming winter. Some have migrated to warmer climes, or soon will be. Some are preparing to hibernate. Others are stockpiling as much food as they can to ensure they'll have enough to survive until spring.

Some of the scenes we'll see include: 

-birds such as hawks and falcons, bluebirds, chickadees, cedar waxwings, and others, dealing with the first snowfall;

-beavers in their ice-covered pond; harvesting trees; working on lodges and food caches.

-otters in the snow, and eating fish on the ice; 

-a muskrat finding food, on and below the ice; 

-actual sounds of beavers vocalizing in an icy lodge;

-the history of our beaver populations; 

-the overall ecology of beaver pond habitats, and the benefits they provide to a wide range of plant and animal species;

-and so much more!

 

As always, there will be a Q&A session following the film.


Thank you to Professor Susan A. Masino of Trinity College for organizing this series, which is part of the Frederick Law Olmsted 200th birthday celebration.

 

More info at the Real Art Ways "Events" page. Registration is strongly advised, as seating is limited.