Programs are held on the third Monday of each month
Programs are held at Stainton Hall auditorium at the Pennington School on the 3rd Monday of each month, from September to May. Time: Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. We strive to feature engaging speakers and interesting topics for our lecture series. If you have any recommendations for topics or speakers for one of these programs, please visit our contact page and let us know. All our programs are free and don’t require advance registration!
Stainton Hall, Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, New Jersey 08534
September 18 @ 8 pm | Jared Flesher: The Creature Show:
Episodes 1 & 4
Unfortunately Pete Bacinski has had to cancel at the last minute, but we are fortunate that Jared Flesher agreed to pinch hit. His first topic is consistent with Pete’s original topic, although his shorebirds on the Delaware Bay side of the state.
Jared will personally introduce two films from his series, The Creature Show, each featuring a special New Jersey species of concern.
“The Birds of May” focuses on the sandy beaches of the Delaware Bay where a visitor, the rufa red knot, arrives each May from the southernmost tip of South America. For two crucial weeks, the birds gorge on the eggs of horseshoe crabs. Red knots that gain enough weight will survive the final leg of their journey to the Arctic.
“Salamander Rain” begins on the first warm rain of early spring, when salamanders march by the thousands to the vernal pools in which they breed. In New Jersey, this ancient amphibian rite has become a deadly pilgrimage, as busy roads now crisscross the salamanders’ migration routes. This first installment of The Creature Show, will witness the rain-drenched efforts of conservationists to get salamanders across the road in one piece.
Jared Flesher is an award-winning reporter, photojournalist, and documentary filmmaker. He has directed three feature documentaries that have screened at film festivals around the world: The Farmer and the Horse, Sourlands, and Field Biologist. He now filming the fifth episode of The Creature Show. Jared’s articles have been published by numerous publications including The New York Times Online, The Wall Street Journal Online and Grist.com. For fun, Jared enjoys growing food in his home garden, jogging with his dog, exploring forests, and making movies.
October 16 | Jim Amon will show photographs and discuss the native plants of central New Jersey with a concentration on the spring ephemerals.
November 20 | Scott Weidensaul: Caught in the SNOWstorm. Author and researcher Scott Weidensaul will share the story of Project SNOWstorm: how this collaborative research effort focusing on snowy owls came together in a few frantic weeks, funded with the help of people from around the world, and continues to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the life and ecology of this great white raptor.
Stainton Hall Auditorium
Above: documentary filmmaker Jared Flesher onsite © Jared Flesher
Below: Red Knots and Birds of May logo © Jared Flesher
Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) 9:00 am
Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) @ Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Visitor Center
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Bird Banding at Featherbed Lane 8:00 am
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Jared Flesher: The Creature Show: Episodes 1 and 4 8:00 pm
Jared Flesher: The Creature Show: Episodes 1 and 4 @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jared Flesher: The Creature Show: Episodes 1 and 4 Jared will personally introduce two films from his series, The Creature Show, each featuring a special New Jersey species of concern. “The Birds of May” focuses[...]
St. Michael’s Farm Preserve, Hopewell 8:00 am