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The History and Ecology of the Poultney River: How a Bay Became a River

April 1 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Human History and Ecology of the Poultney River:
How a Bay in the Southern Lake Champlain Valley Became a River

Presentation by Paul Marangelo
April 1 | 6:30 – 8 pm | NBNC
Admission by donation

The lower Poultney River bordering West Haven, VT and Whitehall, NY is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in New England. It is home to endangered fish and mussels, provides spawning habitat for Lake Champlain fishes, and is surrounded by an equally diverse landscape of wetlands and forests found on lands, mostly owned by The Nature Conservancy. However, this landscape has changed over time– the river that we see today is a product of dramatic geological changes that occurred 240 years ago. With the ecological value of the river as a backdrop, this talk brings together human history and geological documentation from the 1700’s and 1800’s to tell a remarkable story of change: how what we now know as an ecologically valuable small river was once the head of a navigable bay of Lake Champlain.

Paul Marangelo is a Senior Conservation Ecologist with the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, has worked for TNC for over 18 years on a wide variety of projects and issues, including stream restoration, conservation planning, and management of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. Paul has also overseen a number of projects supporting wide-ranging mammal connectivity conservation in Vermont: game camera-based research to document characteristics of bridges and culverts that encourage wildlife use for under-road movement; and a series of GIS habitat connectivity modeling exercises to identify priority areas for habitat connectivity conservation in Vermont. Paul has also previously worked as a freshwater mussel biologist, and holds a MS (1997) in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.


April 1
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602