Wildlife and Natural History Events & Exhibit

The East Haddam Historical Society & Museum has a full summer schedule of Natural History for kids and families with a bunch of fun programs to complement their new “East Haddam, Naturally!” exhibit. Some speakers will bring wildlife or plants that live together with us in East Haddam. Since EHHS’s Mission is to illuminate and preserve the stories of the people and places that shape our community, they’re presenting our wild neighbors and the places they live here in our town.

Events will be held on Tuesdays at 2pm throughout July & August.
They are free, fun, and intended for adults and children, but all families and nature lovers alike are welcome. R.S.V.P.s are helpful to the Museum to help them prepare but not required (If you would like to R.S.V.P., please call the Museum at 860-873-3944). The Museum is air-conditioned and events will be held both inside and outside. Their staff is vaccinated and will be wearing masks.

  • Moths and Butterflies in East Haddam 7/13 – Presented by Jeff Fast, Into the Woods. Come and meet the moths and butterflies up close and learn their names, where they live, what they do, and how they help us. Jeff’s knowledge and enthusiasm are legendary!
  • For Goodness Snakes! 7/20 – Presented by Ranger Russ, Meigs Pt. Nature Center. Meet the snakes of CT. Learn what is special about each of CT’s 14 species of snakes, including habitats and natural history. Live snakes of course!
  • Planting a Native Pollinator Garden 7/27 – Planting a Native Pollinator Garden in East Haddam. Presented by Gary Wilson, East Haddam resident UCONN Master Gardener, Master Wildlife Conservationist.
  • Bobcats: Our Secretive Wild Cat 8/3 – Presented by Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist. Natural history of bobcats in East Haddam and Connecticut. Habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, current research, and popular misconceptions.
  • Wildlife and Connecticut’s Changing Landscape 8/10 – Presented by Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist. The changing state of wildlife in the state, including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, challenges and suggestions for what people can do to make a difference.
  • Nature Journaling 8/10 at 3:30pm Special Event – Presented by Marianne Halpin, Educator & Maureen Tarbox, Artist. Sketch from nature. Write your thoughts in a haiku or song. Sketchbooks and materials provided. Limited to 6 participants. Please call 860-873-3944.
  • Turtles, Our Treasures 8/17 – Presented by Maureen Heidtmann, Master Wildlife Conservationist, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. Can a turtle leave its shell? What do turtles eat? How far can a sea turtle travel? Are snapping turtles dangerous? There are 12 kinds of turtles that call Connecticut home. Can you name them? Maureen will talk about turtles of the world with a focus on our East Haddam species, what they do for us, and what we can do for them. Meet box turtles Juan and Brownstone, tortoises Stella and Donny, and perhaps one or two other non-releasable turtles who needed the help of an experienced wildlife rehabber in order to survive. Co-sponsored by EHFPL.
  • Eastern Coyotes 8/24 – Presented by Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist. The history of coyotes in East Haddam and Connecticut, habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction. Practical recommendations for living with our coyote population. Coyote artifacts will be shared with the audience.