Londonderry Library Hosts 2 Nature Talks

The Leach Library in Londonderry will host 2 nature talks in January. The first talk will be about the effects of climate change on local wildlife and will be held on January 10th. And, the second talk will be on January 31 and is about the American Chestnut tree.

Read the following descriptions that were posted on the Leach Library website.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Too Hot Trout and Ticked Off Moose

On Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. the Leach Library will host veteran wildlife biologist Eric Orff, as he discusses environmental issues currently impacting New Hampshire’s fish and wildlife.

Eric Orff is a retired thirty-one year veteran with the NH Fish and Game Department. During his time working for Fish and Game he was the Region 3 Regional Wildlife Biologist, as well as the black bear biologist for nearly two decades. An active lecturer and writer, since his retirement in 2007, Orff has been lecturing on behalf of the National Wildlife Foundation, educating the public on the impact of climate change on wildlife. Mr. Orff contributes significantly to the Fish and Game Departments’ monthly on-line “Wildlife Reports” as well as the fall “Hunting Reports”. He also maintains his own web site with weekly “NH Nature Notes” at www.nhfishandwildlife.com.

In this program, Mr. Orff will discuss the effects of climate change on New Hampshire’s fish and wildlife. He suggests simple steps you can take in your own home, and looks at what is being done at the state and federal level to combat climate change. A former Londonderry resident, his presentation also looks at the changes he has observed in Londonderry’s Little Cohas Marsh over the past five decades.

This presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m.

American Chestnut Restoration Talk at Leach Library

On Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m. the Leach Library will host the presentation, “American Chestnut Restoration and Recovery” presented by wildlife biologist Curtis Laffin. In this presentation he discusses the history and demise of the tree and efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout its historic range.

Hudson resident Curtis Laffin is a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ranger who has been an active volunteer with the American Chestnut Foundation for the past four years. The majority of his twenty-three years with US Fish and Wildlife was spent in long-range planning for National Wildlife Refuges. Since his retirement in 1994, Laffin has volunteered with NH Fish and Game and has also worked with the Merrimack River Watershed Council. Part of his work with TACF involves collecting chestnut seed pods and fertilizing the tree’s flowers each spring.

This program will explore the history of the American Chestnut tree which less than 100 years ago dominated eastern U.S. forests, with a range of over 200 million acres, until succumbing to chestnut blight, a lethal fungal disease. The blight, which stemmed from imported Asian Chestnut trees, is easily dispersed via air, raindrops, or by animals. The American Chestnut Foundation is currently focusing their efforts on developing a blight-resistant chestnut that can also withstand New Hampshire’s winters.

This program is co-sponsored by the Londonderry Conservation Commission. It is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level Meeting Room. Light refreshments will be served.

For directions or more information about Leach Library please visit their website.