Norfolk Land Trust Hosts Wildlife Program

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Why is a vulture’s head bald? Why are porcupines slow? Why does an opossum play possum?

Answers to these questions, and many other wildlife questions, will be revealed in a program Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. on the Village Green sponsored by the Norfolk Land Trust. Wildlife rehabilitator Gerri Griswold from White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield will present an hour-long program, “Animal Adaptations,” which will include some of her furry friends.

Griswold uses natural props, animal mounts, and a couple of surprise guests to illustrate the definitions of both structural and behavioral adaptations, and how adaptations help animals survive in different environments. Participants will be able to guess how certain “mystery props” could be used as adaptations for animals. This is a great program for children and adults.

Griswold is director of Administration and Development at White Memorial. She has handled bats for 27 years as a wildlife rehabilitator and educator and is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the United States Department of Agriculture to keep and exhibit non-releasable bats and more recently, porcupines for education. Over the years Griswold and her bats have delivered hundreds of programs to libraries, classrooms, scout troops and organizations like the National Park Service and the Yale Peabody Museum. They have appeared on the cover of The Weekly Reader and produced a segment about bats for The Late Show with David Letterman. Griswold was featured in “Seasons of Connecticut” by Diane Smith, published by Globe Pequot Press, released in June 2010. Griswold also serves as the morning voice of traffic on WTIC AM and WZMX FM. In 2010 she launched a travel company, Krummi Travel LLC, which takes small groups of adults on trips to Iceland.

Contact: Michelle Childs

Phone: 860.542.5953

Norfolk Village Green


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