April CCP Meeting: Become a Backyard Naturalist!

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Bluebird with grub.

Bluebird with grub. Photo by Mike Dunn.

Please join us for the next Chatham Conservation Partnership meeting on April 18, 2019, from 9 a.m.–noon at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

Local naturalist Mike Dunn will share some of his images and stories of the incredible variety of plants and animals you can find in your own backyard here in Chatham County. All you need is to provide some habitat, develop your observation skills, and have some patience. Record your observations to help us know what we have so we can develop conservation strategies to preserve it. Chris Goforth will show participants how to use the app iNaturalist to record and learn more about local flora and fauna. (See speaker bios below).

The meeting will take place at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, 1192 US-64 W BUS, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

CCP meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is not required but we do request a RSVP to help us with meeting preparation. If you plan on attending please click here to RSVP.

Meeting Agenda:

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m.
Become a Backyard Naturalist
Mike Dunn, North Carolina Botanical Garden

10:00 a.m.
Exploring Nature with iNaturalist
Chris Goforth, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

10:30 a.m.
Travel to Field Site: Town Lake Park

11:00 a.m.
Explore with iNaturalist at Field Site

12:00 p.m.

Speaker Bios:

Mike Dunn is currently a natural science educator with the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. He previously worked with the state for 33 years (NC State Parks and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences) trying to help people of all ages understand and appreciate the natural world. He has designed and conducted hundreds of workshops on natural history throughout the state and beyond, on subjects ranging from wildlife to wildflowers. In addition to his duties at the Botanical Garden, Mike continues to learn and share his observations of nature through his blog as the Roads End Naturalist.

Chris Goforth is an entomologist and the head of citizen science at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Her work combines citizen science focused environmental education and programming, educator professional development, scientific research on dragonflies through citizen science projects, and coordination and promotion of the citizen science program at the NCMNS. She is particularly passionate about teaching people about aquatic insects and loves using citizen science to engage everyone in nature and science.

CCP Steering Committee: Catherine Deininger, Brooke Massa, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Weakley.

For more information about the CCP, visit the CCP website or email info@chathamconservation.org