5 Part Docuseries of Beaver Ponds in Southern New England: Part 5 - Fall to Winter

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Please join the Simsbury Grange and The Simsbury Public Library in welcoming local filmmaker, Ray Asselin, as he presents his 5-part Beaver Pond Wildlife series documenting a full year’s time at New England beaver ponds. The films are scheduled to coincide with what you can expect to see at northeastern beaver ponds at that time of the year. All of the films will be shown at 7:00 pm at the grange with an informal social hour beginning at 6:00 pm. Guests may bring food to enjoy outside or in the lower level before each film begins.

Foliage turns in time-lapses from green to blazing autumn colors. Wildlife is now preparing for winter. Beavers build food caches. The first snows arrive, and ponds are capped with ice, but beavers are still actively feeding and maintaining lodges. Muskrats find acorns on the ice. Otters roll in the snow. Beavers are heard vocalizing in the lodge. A merlin hunts by the pond. An otter feeds on fish. The general ecology of beaver pond habitat is discussed, including the eventual change from pond to meadow, and the large range of wildlife that the habitat supports.