Winter Wednesdays

Natural Communities of the Islands with Liz Thompson

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 1:00 PM –  2:00 PM

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

From the limestone cedar-pine bluffs at Round Pond State Park to the sand dunes of Alburgh Dunes State Park, join us for a virtual tour of rare and special natural communities of the Champlain Islands with local author and ecologist Liz Thompson.

But why do “Natural Communities” matter?  – In Vermont there are over 90 classified natural communities, and conservation organizations use them across the state to prioritize conservation efforts. They can also be used to find hotspots of biodiversity and/or places with rare and threatened species. Knowing the natural communities of your area can also be a rewarding way to deepen your connection with the land and the greater biological community of your area. 

During the presentation Liz will also tell us about the plants, animals, geology, soils and more that define some of the natural communities found here in the Islands, as well as tips for where to go to see examples of many of them up close!

Liz Thompson is the director of Conservation Science at Vermont Land Trust and co-author of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to Natural Communities of Vermont

The Winter Wednedays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.


Murder in the Vermont Woods with Jill Mudgett

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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This presentation tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. The story recreates community connections in a rural Vermont hill town.

It is a story about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also a story about Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles.

Jill Mudgett is a cultural historian with an interest in the connection between the people and the environment of northern New England.

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.


The Clean Water Act at 50 with Susan Evans McClure

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s first comprehensive legislation protecting water quality. Life in the Champlain Valley has always been and continues to be deeply connected to the water of Lake Champlain. This monumental legislation expanded federal protection of the waters of the United States, paving the way for policies, protections and funding dedicated towards clean water. Subsequent amendments to the Act strengthened protections for Lake Champlain, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program and helping to protect the water of the lake for generations to come. Susan Evans McClure will discuss the founding, the impact, and the legacy of this watershed legislation on our watershed.

Susan Evans McClure is the executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.


“No Other Lake” Short Film – Sneak Preview and Q&A with Jordan Rowell & Duane Peterson

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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In August 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell began a two-week journey to kayak the entire 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. With local filmmaker Duane Peterson documenting the adventure, the pair conducted interviews to better understand the biggest challenges facing our basin and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the face of a changing climate. The two will present the making of the film, “No Other Lake,” share a sneak preview, and engage in a Q&A discussion about their film and what they learned in their endeavor.

Jordan Rowell is a UVM student majoring in Natural Resources and Duane Peterson is a local filmmaker and programming director for SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content


Climate Change–global issues, community response with Indra Acharya, Judy Anderson, and Aaron Marcus

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 6:00 PM –  7:00 PM

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Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that requires a diversity of approaches to address. It impacts our natural environment, our relationships with the land, and our relationships with each other. This panel invites climate change professionals from different backgrounds–advocating for equity in climate change policy, studying plant and ecosystem responses, and working with communities on conservation strategies–to get together and share some of their work.

The speakers will present different perspectives on how climate change is impacting our region, some of the challenges it presents, what to expect, and what we can do on a community level to mitigate and adapt to the changing environment. We will then hold a Q&A and discussion on how their work intersects and how community members can best take action.

Indra Acharya (he/him) is a Winooski resident and member of Winooski Students for Antiracism (WSA) focused on policy and advocacy, involved in a CAP project working on climate change policy and income disparity.

Judy Anderson (she/her) works with nonprofit organizations through Community Consultants on practical strategic conservation initiatives, incorporating local communities, climate change, governance, and communications

Aaron Marcus (they/them) served for more than a decade as Assistant Botanist with the VT Department of Fish & Wildlife, and their work centers on Vermont’s rare and endangered plants and serving on VT Agency of Natural Resources’ DEI Committee

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.

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