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This fall, Joshua’s Trust will began a new lecture series called “Eco-Forum.

Preregistration is required.  To preregister, download this registration form.

The series features four speakers who are experts on different environmental topics of interest to the general public.

On Nov. 12, Tom Harrington spoke on “Population changes of birds in New England.”  A retired biology teacher, and the Trust’s new public program coordinator, Harrington has long had an interest in ornithology and entomology.

On Dec. 10, Elizabeth Farnsworth, the senior research ecologist with the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Mass., will speak on “The state of plants,” with a particular emphasis on the flora of New England.

On Jan. 14, 2016, Claire Rutledge will discuss “The Emerald Ash Borer,” a highly invasive pest that is devastating ash forests across the East. Rutledge is a scientist and assistant entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.

The forum concludes on April 14, 2016, when Mitch Wagener presents “Climate change and its effects.” Wagener teaches climate ecology, entomology, and related courses at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury.

More details about each presenter can be found here, as well as the pre-registration form.

All talks will be held at the Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library on Route 89 in Mansfield. The doors will open at 6:45 pm on the given dates and the presentations will start at 7 p.m. Programs last approximately an hour.

Preregistration is required. The cost for Trust members is $5, or all four for $15.  For non-members, it is $8 each, or $25 for all four.

The Trust wishes to especially thank Ruth Cutler who is helping to sponsor the series, as well as Harrington, the organizer.

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