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Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

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Keene, NH 03431 United States

March 2018

Women in Science Speaker Series: Ecology in the Anthropocene – How Embracing the Underdogs Will Help to Save the World

Thursday, March 22, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a series highlighting women scientists! According to The Status of Women in New Hampshire – a report issued by the Institute on Women’s Policy Research in 2015 – only 24.6% of those working in STEM…

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Salamander Crossing Brigade Volunteer Training

Friday, March 23, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Every year, we train citizen…

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May 2018

Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 8, 2018,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 18th season of water quality monitoring! Participants in this training will gain hands-on experience in sampling techniques and in the use of monitoring equipment.

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Project Nighthawk Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 29, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 8:45 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A Common Nighthawk in flight. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Nighthawks were once common in cities throughout New Hampshire, where they nested on gravel roofs and fed on insects attracted to city lights. In recent years, these acrobatic birds have disappeared from many New Hampshire towns, but they still nest in Keene.

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September 2018

Pollinate New England

Saturday, September 8, 2018,
6:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A bee gathers pollen at a colorful flower. (photo © Tianne Strombeck)

Pollinators need plants, and plants need pollinators. Without both, our entire food system is at risk. Join us for a talk on the plight of pollinators and how you can help – including recommendations for garden plants that best support local pollinators.

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March 2019

Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 22, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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May 2019

Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 14, 2019,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 19th season of water quality monitoring! Participants in this training will gain hands-on experience in sampling techniques and in the use of monitoring equipment.

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June 2019

Nighthawk Watch

Tuesday, June 11, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by joining us for an evening of nighthawk monitoring.

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September 2019

Motus: A Revolution in Migration Research

Thursday, September 26, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Learn about an amazing new research network that is revolutionizing the study of animal migration by tracking the movements of small birds, bats, and even dragonflies who have been fitted with tiny radio transmitters.

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November 2019

First-Ever Monadnock Region Natural History Conference

Saturday, November 16, 2019,
8:30 am
to 4:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

This one-day conference will feature presentations on a diversity of natural history topics, with a focus on conservation research, ecological restoration, and natural resource management in the Monadnock Region.

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March 2020

Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 27,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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