If you’re looking for a wildlife encounter – but without the “wild” surprise of bumping into an animal, reptile or bird in the actual wild – then come to Waterville Valley Town Square on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for a FREE animal encounter facilitated by a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist. These one-hour programs feature live animals.
Sunday, Aug. 6
This Week’s Program: Animal Architects
We don’t typically think of animals when we think of architects and building, but many of our wild animal neighbors are habitat architects. A habitat is an animal’s home, the place it finds everything it needs to survive. Through shelter construction and other activities, many animals build habitat for themselves and other species too. A woodpecker is an expert habitat architect. By drilling holes in trees for feeding and nesting, woodpeckers provide many cavity nesting birds, like a saw-whet owl, a safe nest it couldn’t build on its own. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will show you three live wild animal architects and the habitats they build.
Sunday, Aug. 13
This Week’s Program: Owls of New Hampshire
Who calls in the night? Who glides on shadowy wings in silent flight? What makes owls such extraordinary night hunters? A Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three of our state’s owls to help you find out what is myth or fact about these amazing nocturnal birds.
Sunday, Aug. 20
This Week’s Program: Why Do Animals Do That?
Why do animals throw up when they’re not sick? Why do they gnaw on wood if they don’t eat it? With a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist and three live animal ambassadors we’ll explore some of wildlife’s unusual behaviors and reveal the benefits of these peculiar habits.
Sunday, Aug. 27
This Week’s Program: New Hampshire Wildlife
Are you curious about the critters that inhabit the Granite State? Join a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to meet three wild animals that you could encounter in our forests, fields, or wetlands. Discover what makes them well-suited for life in New Hampshire.