Treasures of the Forest: A Study of Local Terrestrial Orchids
It's the season we've all been waiting for....spring! Connecticut is home to more than 40 species of terrestrial orchids, many of which go unnoticed. Join Deb Field for a look into two common species, the Pink Lady Slipper and the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid, which can be observed as you hike through our local forests. Deb spent the 2017 growing season studying the distribution of these plants on a local Joshua's Trust property (Hubbard Sanctuary) as part of her CT DEEP Master Naturalist certification, will be continuing to collect data and leading a series of walks on the property in 2018.
Deb Field, a self-proclaimed "tree-hugging dirt-worshipper", has been a marine & environmental science educator for 25 years. She is currently part of CT DEEP & Goodwin Conservation Center's Master Naturalist Program. As a avid day-hiker, birder, and gardener, her main goal is teaching people of all ages the importance of developing an understanding of Nature as it surrounds us. She currently lives in Chaplin, CT with her husband, 2 cats, an uncountable number of fish, and a tortoise named Djaq.
This free event is sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).