eNews : October 2018
Two by Two, a Love of Conservation
Photo of Roger Sweet and Rebecca DiGirolomo and Ann Sweet by Katrina Farmer
Couples honored with awards

Each year, at our Annual Celebration, the Monadnock Conservancy presents a Volunteer of the Year Award and typically one other award that highlights an individual, business, town, or organization's contributions to local land conservation. This year, the awards honored two couples who have shown such dedication and a deep love of the land.

"In my sleep I can tell you about Surry Mountain, every rock, tree, and brook ... all these things that you notice on the land."  - volunteer land steward Roger Sweet
Hungry Gray Squirrels
Eastern gray squirrel by Dennis Church
More critters, less food

It's hard not to notice the increase in the number of squirrels. It seems like they're everywhere, from trees to gardens to roadkill on the region's roadways, where perhaps they draw the most attention. Habitat destruction adds pressure. But there's also an ecological explanation behind the eastern gray squirrel population boom.

Photo of hiking group by Jeffrey Newcomer
Trio of Hikes to Reach the Grand
October 13, October 20, and November 3
A series of guided hikes to celebrate the Wantastiquet-to-Monadnock Trail continues this month and into early November. Three more sections will introduce you to the Cheshire Rail Trail, Gap Mountain, and Grand Monadnock.

Converse Meadow Pond. Photo by Emily Hague.
Cheshire Walkers at Converse Meadow
Wednesday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to noon
An easy 1.5-mile loop trail follows the shore of Converse Meadow Pond in Rindge. Join Conservancy Executive Director Ryan Owens on this walk and learn about the natural history of the site, now town-owned conservation land.

Photo of David Attenborough
"Light On Earth" film
Thursday, November 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Explore the mysterious realm of living light with this award-winning documentary film, which follows David Attenborough and a team of researchers as they investigate the science of bioluminescence, including several species found in New England. Film shown at Putnam Theater, Keene State College.

Get the full details online for these and future events when you visit our upcoming events page at our website or on Facebook, or call 603-357-0600.
Photo of Ryan Owens by Alyssa Salerno
Recently I helped organize the workshop track on working lands as part of the Radically Rural summit in Keene, which aimed to get people talking about what makes a vibrant, robust community.

A great theme I pulled out of the summit is that a region like ours can, and does, thrive because it is rural, rather than despite being rural. What do you think? What do you love about living in a rural place?

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103

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Photos by Shauna Sousa, Katrina Farmer, Flickr/Dennis Church, Jeffrey Newcomer, Emily Hague,
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