Potluck & Slideshow - Biodiversity in Alpine Lakes

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Trip dates: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Can hikers contribute meaningful data on amphibians, reptiles and insects of the White Mountains? Yes you can!

While the White Mountains have been studied by scientists since the 1800s, the less charismatic species like amphibians, reptiles, and insects typically receive less attention from the average outdoor enthusiast. With a small research team of professional biologists, students, and volunteers, Scott Smyers has been studying these species in and around five of the ponds or "lakes" high in the White Mountains since 2007. Join us as Scott gives us a tour of the diversity of amphibians and insects inhabiting these alpine ponds while inspiring us to become the next generation of hiker-naturalists to collect data in some of the most interesting habitat in New England.

About our Speaker: Scott Smyers is the Vice-President and Partner at Oxbow Associates, Inc., a wetlands and wildlife consulting company, specializing in rare amphibian and reptile study and mitigation. He has conducted field research on rare freshwater turtles, snakes, and amphibians across New England and consults on various projects with potential impacts on wetlands and rare wildlife. Much of his research efforts have focused on the White Mountains of NH, Wachusett Mountain State Reservation in MA, and on the island of Nantucket.

Potluck: Please arrive with your contribution between 6:30-6:45 pm. Homemade salads and main courses are always welcome, takeout & store-bought goodies are equally welcome:) Serving spoons, plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, napkins, and drink pitchers will be supplied. There is a kitchen to re-warm food or prep (stovetop, oven, 2 microwaves, sink & fridge). Please bring your own cook pots for the stovetop. HELPFUL TIP: There is a Whole Foods store conveniently located across from the Community College T Stop on Austin St (in the Bunker Hill Mall) for last-minute food pickups!


Public Transit: Take the MBTA Orange Line subway to the Community College or North Station stop. Walking times from either stop is ~10 minutes. The AMC's front door is located to the left of Legal Oysteria at 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA. Use Google Ma

Trip details

Trip region: 
Massachusetts, Boston Area
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Julie LePage

Julie enjoys leading challenging backpacks as well as fast-paced, full-day ridge traverses in summer and fall throughout NH & ME. When not leading in the summer, she is often doing trail work on her adopted trail, Air Line, on Mt. Adams' Durand Ridge. In winter, she is obsessively x-c skiing wherever there is snow, and leads winter days hikes and backpacks in NH & ME. She also coordinates the Boston Slideshow Series at the AMC Headquarters in Charlestown.

Trip location: 
AMC Boston Headquarters, 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129
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AMC Destination: 
AMC Boston Office
Trip country: 
United States


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2020-01-20 20:35:38.0
Last updated: 
2020-03-11 07:13:30.767