Join the moth-ers

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 3:45am

The following was submitted by The Nature Conservancy:

In a summer full of things to do, Thursday, July 11 is an action-packed exciting day of special programing sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and its partners.

The Patagonia film “Artifishal: the road to extinction is paved with good intentions,” will be shown as July’s first Green Screenings of environmental films presented by TNC and Island Free Library at 7 p.m., Island Free Library, Dodge Street. This will prove to be a powerful film not only about how modern fish farming of salmon may destroy the very species it aims to save; it will also ask us to think about important questions related to our (human) relation to nature. Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, has produced wonderful films about earth, our place in nature, and our responsibility for our home planet. “Artifishal” is a must-see film, and promises to be as beautiful and thought provoking as “180 Degrees South” and “DamNation.”

The film will be flanked by two special in-the-field program walks, led by R.I. Natural History Survey Executive Director, David Gregg. At 2 p.m., meet on Corn Neck Road. near the Attwood Trail and join the Insect sweep, where we will spend an afternoon sweeping for insects that dwell among black swallowwort, and other micro ecosystems. Sweep nets (a.k.a. insect nets) will be provided. Among the midges, we are likely to collect bees, caterpillars, beetles, moths, butterflies, and a myriad of other cool looking insects. Who knows, we may even find a rusty patched bumble bee or a nine-spotted lady beetle.

Then in the evening, join TNC and RINHS for a Moth Mingle. Meet at second Bluffs parking area on Mohegan Trail at 9 p.m. where the group will walk a short distance to a lighted sheet attracting moths. There, David Gregg, and local moth-ers, Aaron Hunt and Nigel Grindley, will identify and point out distinguishing markings of the island’s magical moths.

For more information contact The Nature Conservancy’s OVF Naturalist, Kim Gaffett, at (401) 595-7055.