The 3rd annual Berkshire Natural History Conference, which will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors, will take place on Saturday, October 14 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.
This annual event will bring natural history home to the Berkshires. We are really excited to gather programs and like-minded people together to help understand and appreciate the deep natural heritage that surrounds us all in the Berkshires.
— Berkshire Community College Professor of Environmental Science Tom Tyning, one of the lead organizers of the event
The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will appeal to naturalists, Berkshire residents, as well as visitors. Students of all ages and disciplines are especially invited.
The Conference will feature researchers Jim Cardoza, who was responsible for the return of the wild turkey in Massachusetts and Bob Leverett who identified and helped conserve the 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 Griffith
- Berkshire Winters in Light of Climate Change — Dr. Joseph Kravitz
- Fifty Years of Berkshire Conservation — George Wislocki
- An Approach to Biodiversty — Julie Richburg
- The Legacy of the Jr. Naturalists’ Program — Thom Smith
- 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.