Saturday, November 4, 2023

"Beaver Pond Wildlife Part 5" film in Simsbury, CT

This Thursday, November 9, 2023, we will be screening Part 5 ("Fall to Winter") of the Beaver Pond Wildlife film series at the Grange Hall in West Simsbury, CT. This event is the last in a 5-part series of films spanning a year's time at typical New England beaver ponds, which showcases the great array of wild animal and plant life found in this habitat. 

The films are scheduled to coincide with what you can expect to see at northeastern beaver ponds at that time of the year. Each contains at least a few scenes that probably most people have never witnessed in the wild.

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!

The program will be held at the Simsbury Grange hall, 236 Farms Village Rd, W. Simsbury, CT.   

Doors open at 6pm for socializing and snacks, and the film begins at 7pm. As always, there will be a Q&A session following the film.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Pre-register at the Simsbury Library website.