The conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors. The event will appeal to naturalists, Berkshire residents, as well as visitors. Students, of all ages and disciplines, are especially invited.
Speakers will include Jim Cardoza, who was responsible for the return of the wild turkey in Massachusetts, and Bob Leverett, who identified and helped conserve t he remaining old-growth forests in the Berkshires. In addition, local field biologists and naturalists will discuss topics ranging from Berkshire winter weather to rare plant communities, to a remarkable BCC student who has a design to fit the entire solar system within the confines of Berkshire County.
James E. Cardoza is a retired Wildlife Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife where he worked with many game and rare species in the state, from black bear and deer to eagles and loons. He led the effort bring back the wild turkey, gone from New England by the mid 1850s. His efforts are among the best examples of conservation in the nation.
Bob Leverett is an avowed tree lover who has energized the region’s interest in native trees and forest ecology. A prolific writer, field trip leader, and organizer, Bob has directed attention to the tallest, oldest, and greatest trees of New England and especially Berkshire county. He has organized entire conferences on old-growth forests and produced volumes of information previously unknown.
Other programs on the agenda include:
The Astroshire County Project — Alexander Griffth
Berkshire Winters in Light of Climate Change — Dr. Joseph Kravitz
Fifty Years of Berkshire Conservation — George Wislocki, retired director of Berkshire Natural Resources
An Approach to Biodiversty — Julie Richburg, The Trustees of Reservations
The Legacy of the Jr. Naturalists’ Program — Thom Smith, author of Berkshires Hiking books
Orion Magazine: 35 years! — Chip Blake
The event will also include exhibits, a raffle, and local Natural History quiz.
Admission includes a barbecue lunch and access to all of the natural history presentations.
Berkshire Community College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Green Berkshires, Inc.
Berkshire Environmental Action Team
Hoosic River Watershed Association
Williams College Center for Environmental Studies (CES)
Massachusetts Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries
Hoffmann Bird Club