Did you know a beaver can swim up to 5 miles an hour and stay under water for 15 minutes? That an American mink can move as fast as four miles an hour, and that the blanding turtle can live up to 70 years old? Or, that an osprey is known as the “fish hawk” and feeds almost exclusively on fresh fish? Come see live aquatic animals up close and personal, and learn some interesting facts about each in the Tin Mountain Family Nature Program “Aquatic Critters’ on Friday, March 8 at 7 PM at the Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany New Hampshire.

In this interesting nature program designed for all ages senior naturalist Dave Erler of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will present three very different live animals that are all dependent on New Hampshire waters. Anticipated special guests include a live beaver, blanding turtle and possibly an osprey or mink. Water is essential for all life on our planet. A tremendous variety of aquatic communities support an amazing array of animal life. Come learn about the habitats, adaptations, and populations. Tin Mountain family programs are open to the public and are made possible thanks to the Gibson/Woodbury and Goldberg Charitable Foundations. The cost per family is $5 for members, and $10 for non members. Reservations are requested by calling 603-447-6991.
Dave Erler has been working for the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for over three decades and is currently the senior naturalist. His interests include everything from field botany to bats and birds.  Dave received his B.S. in Outdoor Education and B.A. in Physical Geography from St. Cloud State University. In 1977, he completed graduate work at Texas A&M University in Environmental Interpretation. Dave began working for the Science Center in July 1979, having previously worked seasonally for the National Park Service, University of Minnesota Extension Service, National Audubon Society and two years at the Campbell Gard Environmental Education Center (Ohio).
Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote an appreciation of the environment among children, families, and the community through hands-on programs in the schools, at camps, and in the community and to demonstrate responsible stewardship of natural resources through land protection, research, sustainable forestry, agriculture, and energy. For more information on Tin Mountain and upcoming nature programs visit www.tinmountain.org, friend us on facebook or call Tin Mountain at 603-447-6991.