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Roaring Brook Speakers - Programs

The Nature Center staff have a variety of presentations available that may be of interest to your club or civic organization. Programs can also be tailored to your club's interests. 


Presentation Topics: Jay Kaplan


Changing Land, Changing Wildlife: Connecticut’s landscape has changed dramatically over the last 500 years, from forest, to field, to thicket, and back to forest. As the land has changed so has our wildlife. Learn how our current land use practices may impact our wild areas.

Birdlife of Connecticut (or Canton): Find out what birds can be found in Connecticut (or Canton), where they can be seen and when. How are bird populations are changing and why.

Attracting Birds to Your Yard (or Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard): Learn what you can do to make your yard more attractive to our feathered friends.

Connecticut's Wildlife Digest (or Wildlife of Canton): Learn what animals call Connecticut home, which animal populations are declining, which are increasing and why.

Reptiles & Amphibians: From box turtles to the mysterious spadefoot toad,learn more about these fascinating groups of animals.

Snakes Alive!: Whether they fascinate you or scare you, there is much to learn bout snakes.This presentation includes live snakes. 

Butterflies (and Moths): Connecticut has a wide array of interesting butterflies and moths. Learn about these creatures including some of our more exotic varieties.

Animal Adaptations: Animals require clean air, water, food and shelter from the environments in which they live. Learn how animals adapt to meet their needs and hat happens if they are unable to do so.

The Farmington River - a Multi-use River: Our Farmington River is the most heavily utilized River in State. Find out what makes it important, what creatures call it home and what we must do to keep it “wild & scenic”.

Owls of Connecticut: Whoo can be found here? Learn about the owls that live here or visit our area and how to find them.

Travelogues:  Atlantic Rain Forest of Brazil


Presentation Topics: Margery Winters


Beyond Birdfeeders: Learn what you can plant in your yard to provide food to an even wider variety of birds throughout the year while promoting biodiversity in your neighborhood..

Butterfly Gardens Are For The Birds: Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat.

Saving Our Wild Areas, One Yard at a Time: Unlike Vegas, what happens in our yards does not always stay in our yards, and can affect areas far from our homes. By reconsidering how and why we garden as we do, we can help promote wildlife diversity in our own back yards and in our wild areas beyond.

Plants and Insects / Friends or Foe?: Plants aren’t as helpless to insect attacks as they seem. Fascinating new scientific findings on the battle tactics and alliances between plants and insects might make us rethink some of our gardening practices.

Soil – It’s Not Just Dirt: Rarely discussed by gardeners, soil is, nonetheless, the foundation of a garden. Each tablespoon of healthy soil is alive with millions of creatures, many working to keep your plants healthy. Learn more about this intriguing ecosystem.

Changing Land, Changing Wildlife: Connecticut’s landscape has changed dramatically over the last 500 years, from forest, to field, to thicket, and back to forest. As the land has changed so has our wildlife. Learn how our current land use practices impact our wild areas.

Spring Wildflowers: Connecticut has a myriad of spring wildflowers. Discover why they bloom in the spring, where to find them, how they got their names and what makes these plants so special.

Going Native: Native plants are not just another pretty addition to your garden. Discover the ecological benefits of our native plants and how we can recapture native habitats in our own gardens.

What’s Up With Fall?: A lot is going on in our woodlands and our yards in the fall. Find out what makes for the idea fall foliage season, what happens to all those fallen leaves, why there are so many acorns one year and none the next, what garden plants have the best fall colors, and much more.

Celebrating the Season: People around the world celebrate the winter season. Learn the many ways winter transforms our landscape, why snowflakes have six sides, and how strangely beautiful and startling winter can be in this fun visual presentation.

The Importance of Wetlands: Seventy percent of Connecticut’s wetlands have been destroyed since colonial days. Learn about the various types of wetlands in Connecticut, their importance to our ecosystem, and how we can preserve our remaining wetlands or mimic their functions in our gardens.

Connecticut’s Story: Geologically, Connecticut was once the center of the world, with mountains higher than the Himalayas and was once located just off the coast of Africa. Unravel the stories in of Connecticut’s exciting geological past that are told by the rocks around us.