Winter Lectures has been a staple of programming at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary for many years. The program is designed to engage, educate and entertain local residents, neighbors and friends on issues of the natural world in our region. The lectures which occur on Saturday afternoons, beginning in January, cover a wide range of topics and are conducted by guest speakers or Norcross Wildlife staff.
To view more information about our currently scheduled Winter Lectures, see our Upcoming Events page.
Below is a sampling of Lectures conducted in the past, to give you an idea of the sort of lectures we present.
Presented by Leslie Duthie
Selecting plants for your garden can be a challenge. Come see some options for the shadier sections of your yard. The focus of the lecture will be native plants, but garden favorites will be included.
Presented by Jennifer Ohop
Whether your yard is a botanical masterpiece or a wildland there are many species of birds, butterflies and other insects that add a dynamic aspect to your palette. Join us today for a colorful presentation with tips on attracting and identifying species that use backyard habitats.
Presented by Greg Goodfellow
A hands-on Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer identification workshop. Greg, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator for the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources, will be talking about how to identify ALB & EAB, the damage they cause and ongoing efforts to eradicate and control them. Come learn about the invasive pests threatening our forests and find out what you can do to help stop them!
Science & Stewardship at the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
Presented by Dan Evans
Our forest landscape is inherently complex and increasingly susceptible to impacts from invasive plants, exotic insects and a changing climate. Join us to hear how we’re applying the latest scientific research in the management of The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary.
Presented by Leslie Duthie
Plant your property with a shifting climate in mind. What plants of the mid-Atlantic should you be introducing to your yard that will tolerate a shorter winter, hotter summer and short-term droughts? With your help our native plants will migrate northward.
Turtles of Massachusetts
Presented by Peter Mirick
Peter Mirick has been a wildlife biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife for more than 37 years and has been the editor of Massachusetts Wildlife magazine since 1981. He worked in deer and furbearer management and research, but his abiding interest has always been in herpetology. He will offer photos and information enabling anyone to identify our 10 native species, plus a couple of non-native species. He will explain why turtles are the most threatened of all vertebrate groups, and what research, protection and restoration measures are being directed to their conservation.
The Changing Landscape of Wales: Past, Present & Future
Presented by Ed Hood
Using archaeological, historical and early photographic documentation Ed Hood, Executive Director of Opacum Land Trust, will provide an overview of the human impact on the land and how the landscape we see in Wales today is the product of the continuous process of changing human land use. Ed will provide insights into the potential look and feel of towns like Wales in the future – a future that is being shaped by our actions today.