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April 23, 2013

Final Outdoor Adventure Talks Feature Snakes, Turtles, Rabbits and Bats

Nongame Program 25th AnniversaryCONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's spring series of outdoor adventure talks wraps up with three sessions exploring Nongame and Endangered Wildlife topics, from turtles and snakes to rabbits, bats and dragonflies. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Nongame Program, which has been restoring and protecting native wildlife in New Hampshire since 1988.

The talks take place on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. through May 8, 2013, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.  Admission is free. These programs are a great chance to meet program biologists and hear about the work they are doing to protect wildlife diversity.

The last three talks in the series are as follows:

April 24, 2013 - Black Racers and Blandings

Black racer snake

If turtles and snakes fascinate you, join N.H. Fish and Game Nongame biologists Mike Marchand, Brendan Clifford and Loren Valliere to learn about the amazing diversity of reptiles and amphibians in New Hampshire. This is the time of year when many reptiles and amphibians are emerging from their winter slumber and traveling to breeding grounds or simply basking in the sun. Hear about current research being done on Blanding’s turtles and black racer snakes, try out equipment biologists use in the field, and learn what you can do to help biologists monitor these amazing creatures!

May 1, 2013 - Road to Recovery - New England Cottontails/Karner blue butterflies
Join N.H. Fish and Game Nongame biologists Heidi Holman and Brett Ferry to learn about what it takes to ensure rare species remain a part of New Hampshire's wildlife landscape. Hear firsthand from biologists involved in current efforts to restore populations of Karner blue butterflies and New England cottontails and their habitats.

May 8, 2013 - Mosquito Eaters: Bats and Dragonflies

Elfin skimmer

Did you know that New Hampshire has eight different species of bats? Learn which species are most at risk of disappearing forever from our summer skies because of White Nose Syndrome – and what you can do to help. Also at this talk, you'll find out what has been discovered through a statewide effort to document New Hampshire's diverse dragonflies. N.H. Fish and Game Nongame biologist Emily Preston Brunkhurst and biologist Pam Hunt of New Hampshire Audubon team up to present a fascinating look at the bats and dazzling dragonflies many of us have right in our own backyards.

The N.H. Fish and Game's Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program works to protect over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects and other invertebrates in New Hampshire. Learn more about the Nongame Program, and events celebrating its 25th anniversary, at http://www.wildnh.com/nongame.

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