Caterpillars are a critical connection in food webs; they are the most abundant tree-feeding herbivores in Connecticut forests and caterpillars are the primary food source for migratory song birds. Join Rob Clark for a day learning about insect natural history and ecology as a “citizen scientist”. Get the training and tools you will need to collect real, scientific data that will be available to ecologists!
The program will begin with a 30 minute indoor lecture geared towards adults, but children of all ages are welcome to participate in the insect collecting program that follows outdoors in Goodwin Forest. In this program, you will learn how to collect and identify caterpillars and then share this information with scientists. The data collected will be used to understand how habitat change and climate change are altering food webs on a regional scale.
This free event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Education Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.