wildlife species are more intriguing, and none has a greater ability to
alter and create habitat than that iconic keystone species, the beaver.
This unassuming mammal goes about its daily life setting up and
maintaining its homestead, all the while creating aquatic and
terrestrial conditions that so many other creatures rely on.
The Simsbury (CT) Grange, in partnership with the Simsbury Public Library, is featuring our 5-part "Beaver Pond Wildlife" film series in 2023. The
films document the lives of the multitude of species typically found in, on,
and around northeastern beaver ponds, season by season. Each film is about one hour long.
The films will be scheduled to coincide with what you can expect to see at northeastern beaver ponds at that time of the year. Each contains scenes that probably most people have never witnessed.
There will be a Q&A session with filmmaker Ray Asselin following each film.
"Part 1 - Early Spring" will be presented on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 7:00 pm. We'll see migrating birds arriving at beaver ponds to stake out nesting territories, including warblers, songbirds, swallows, ducks, geese, herons, ospreys, and more. A variety of mammals, amphibians, fish, and reptiles are part of the mix too, such as beavers (of course), muskrats, deer, fisher, bobcat, otters, weasels, opossum, coyote, skunk; frogs, turtles, toads, and newts; and bald eagles as well.
Parts 2 through 5 progress chronologically through late spring to winter, and are scheduled for the following Thursday evenings: May 25, June 8, September 14, and November 19, respectively.
The events will be held at the Simsbury Grange hall, 236 Farms Village Rd, W. Simsbury, CT. The hall, nearly a century old, has a charming atmosphere, complete with a traditional wooden floor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Pre-register at the Simsbury Library website.