The 2016 Northern Woodlands Conference, sponsored by the Bailey Charitable Foundation and The Trust for Public Land, brought together a great group of participants and speakers for a weekend of workshops, talks, walks and fun conversations over meals and by the fire. Below are some photos from the event.
Thank you to everyone who joined us - we feel inspired, energized, and grateful for the opportunity to spend time with such a creative community of people who are passionate about local nature. Congratulations to participants Lisa Torres, Sheila Trask, and Rich Swank, the winners of the Season’s Main Events Day Calendars Survey Raffle. View several photos from the event below.
We are excited about next year's conference - stay tuned for details!
The 2016 Northern Woodlands Conference
September 30 - October 2 at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont
The conference began with a Friday night presentation by Todd Katzner, a nationally recognized authority on eagles who currently serves as a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Snake River Field Station in Boise, Idaho. He described his pioneering research to understand patterns of eastern golden eagle migration, including how they used different types of updrafts, and to use this information to map out high risk/low risk areas for wind development.
Northern Woodlands staff member Emily Rowe managed the conference. Here she is looking calm and collected on Friday night.
After Todd’s presentation, some folks stayed to talk with him, and admire his camera trap photos of golden eagles…
…while others headed over to the barn for a reading by poet Verandah Porche, music by Paul Smith’s professor/Adirondack folk singer Celia Evans and John Foster. Here, Celia and John perform one of Celia’s original songs.
Verandah Porche reads to the crowd. Note – along with artist Kathleen Kolb, she has a current exhibition on tour, “Shedding Light on the Working Forest.”
A surprise performance by Dave Mance III, editor of Northern Woodlands magazine.
On Saturday morning, Northern Woodlands’ Executive Director, Elise Tillinghast, greeted the crowd and gave a shout out to co-founders Virginia Barlow and Steve Long.
This year’s keynote speaker was Richard Ober, president & CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and co-author of The Northern Forest. He spoke of the importance of writing, community and conservation, showing the links between these themes. Here, Kevin Peterson, a Senior Program Manager at NHCF, introduces Dick.
Steve Long in conversation with author Robert Kimber, author and Northern Woodlands columnist.
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ Eric Hanson gave two different talks on loons during the conference. This group headed outside to see if they could find any migrating loons on Lake Morey.
Loons found. Notice the fish in the middle one’s beak.
Dartmouth Professor Terry Obsborne co-taught a workshop with Northern Woodlands assistant editor Patrick White, focused on developing short personal narratives about place.
Another workshop scene: Jim Collins (front) and Jay Heinrichs, who both have extensive experience in magazine publishing, co-taught a workshop on how writers can successfully craft and pitch compelling stories.
John Tiholiz and Northern Woodlands editor Dave Mance III.
A caterpillar, one of 60 native species on display for a presentation by Sam Jaffe, founder of The Caterpillar Lab. Sam, his colleagues and the caterpillars stayed through cocktails and dinner, so there was plenty of time for everyone to have a close encounter.
An educators’ workshop co-taught by Lisa Purcell, executive director of the Four Winds Nature Institute, and Cheryl Charles, co-founder of the Children & Nature Network (among many other career distinctions!) who currently heads the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England.
Northern Woodlands staff member Amy Peberdy reminds the crowd to sign up for open mic night.
Some of the best parts of the conference are informal conversations. Here’s an example (the woman in the middle, wearing a scarf, is Dede Cummings, founder of Green Writers Press).
Elise Tillinghast and author Rick Bass.
Author Rick Bass.
More caterpillar fun with Sam Jaffe. The big green creature is a hickory horned devil, which can grow to hot dog size. It is no longer found in northern New England, but still holds in Massachusetts and other states.
Author Jeffrey Lent gave a reading from a work in progress.
Logger/author/story-teller Bill Torrey gave a reading from his new book, “The Ta Ta Weenie Club,” and started off open mic night.
A crowd scene.
Stay tuned for updates on next year's conference!