Details of our Sessions Woods “Field Day” meeting on Saturday, May 21st.
3:00 – Mike Thomas and I (Stan Malcolm) will present nature photography basics and insect macrophotography specifics. Should last about an hour, after which we’ll be available to coach anyone wishing to practice outdoors – or see how we use our equipment. I’d like to have a rough count of who will be attending this portion of the event… and maybe a sense of your macrophotography experience level: novice, some experience, etc. Please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org (Coming soon, a web place where we can share photos, get constructive critiques, and participate in discussions of various insect/nature photography topics. Stay tuned for more info.)
3:00 – If you’re not attending the macrophotography presentation, feel free to begin collecting outdoors. Collecting will continue until 6:00 P.M. when we’ll take a break for…
6:00 – Pot Luck Dinner. Please bring items that can be kept hot, or cold, or which would remain safe at room temperature. I’m checking on the ability to store foods cold, or warm them at dinner time – but suspect that Session’s Woods capacity for storage and warming will be limited so if possible, plan your own means (e.g., ice packs and coolers). For the sake of all with dietary restrictions, please share a list of ingredients beside your dish. As a state facility, alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
7:00 – Brief business meeting and presentation by Laura Saucier: She will present “Updates on the Puritan Tiger Beetle and State Endangered Species List.”
8:00 – Set up for light trapping. Dave Wagner promised to bring one light trap set up. Not a bad thing for others to bring equipment too.
12:00 – Packed up, cleaned up, done and gone. Drive safely; watch for wildlife.
SPECIMENS FOR DEEP: I’ve promised Laura that we would provide samples of insects collected at Sessions Woods for their use in displays. To make this happen, we could use the donation of a display drawer or two and, ideally, someone to coordinate gathering samples from members, and assuring that they’re properly pinned and labeled. MAY I HAVE A VOLUNTEER OR TWO???
528th Monthly Meeting
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Join us at Sessions Woods (341 Milford St., Burlington, CT) for our final meeting of the 2016-2017 season! The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) maintains the property for public access and education; you can find more information and directions here. During the afternoon, there will be an opportunity for instruction in macrophotography as well as daylight collecting. We will take a break from collection for a potluck around dusk; please bring a dish to share! For the evening presentation, Laura Saucier will speak on “Updates on the Puritan Tiger Beetle and State Endangered Species List.” After the presentation, members can stay and put out lights for night collection. Mothing has been a resounding success at Sessions Woods in past years. An approximate schedule for this year’s meeting is given below.
3pm – Indoor meeting
4pm – Outdoor collecting
6pm – Potluck dinner
7pm – Evening presentation
Until midnight: Light-trapping