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On Saturday, March 19 at 2PM, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will host a Zoom presentation on Connecticut’s Changing Landscape with Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with CT DEEP.  The history of Connecticut’s landscape and the impact of change on wildlife populations will be discussed and several animal pelts, skulls, and other artifacts will be presented.  Questions and comments are welcome throughout and after the discussion.

Landscapes are dynamic ecosystems and Connecticut’s landscape has changed through the centuries from almost completely forested in the 1600s to cleared land by the mid-1800s.  Presently, the state is almost 60 percent forested.  As the landscape changed in Connecticut so did the wildlife populations that depend on the land for habitat.  Apple will present a brief natural history of Connecticut, address the current state of wildlife, including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, some challenges we face in managing them, and suggestions for what people can do to make a difference.

A native Texan, Ginny Apple is a resident of Barkhamsted and is a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  Her house is within Peoples State Forest where she observes a large population of Black Bears, supplying field notes and photographs of them to DEEP biologists.  As an MWC she also serves as a Bald Eagle interpreter for the Shepaug Dam Eagle Viewing area and the Essex Steam Train’s Eagle Flyer. Just to keep her creative juices percolating, Ginny has a side business, Murder Without Pain, where she writes murder mystery games based on historical subjects and runs them at country inns, corporate parties, and fundraisers.

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