Sourland Conservancy presents
2015 Train Station Series


                               Hopewell Train Station; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

                                          Suggested donation $5.00 – Advance registration is not required.

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Thursday, August 13, How Can We ‘Save the Sourlands’ from White-tailed Deer? – Learn about viable solutions to the problem of deer overpopulation in the Sourlands.  Stewardship Director for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Mike Van Clef; Sourland Conservancy’s Vice President, Cliff Wilson; and Naturalist and owner of Wild Ridge Plants, Jared Rosenbaum present important information about deer impacts on the Sourlands and conduct a lively discussion about A3039, a Commercial Deer Harvest Bill introduced to the NJ Assembly in March 2014.


Friday, September 25, Vernal Pool Talk – Vernal pool hydrology, ecology and conservation challenges will be discussed, and a few representative amphibian species will be on hand to take your questions – presented by John H. Heilferty, Supervising Environmental Specialist in the NJ DEP, Division of Land Use Regulation, where his focus is on endangered and threatened species and vernal pool conservation.


Friday, October 2, Twelve Theories of Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby – The lecture will reveal photos and information rarely or never seen by the public – presented by Jim Davidson.   Mr. Davidson coauthored

The New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial  with Mark Falzini, archivist of the NJ State Police Museum.


Thursday, October 8, African American History in the Sourlands and Hopewell Valley – Learn about African American history in the region from the late 17th Century through today. This fascinating presentation will include a display of artifacts as well as a taste of traditional African American food and song from the Sourlands – presented by Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck of the Stoutsburg Association Board.


Thursday, October 15, Geological History of the Sourlands – The geological history of the Sourlands and geologic influence on flora and fauna – presented by Gail M. Ashley, professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  Ms. Ashley holds a B.S. and M.S., University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Ashley’s research is field-based and she has worked in areas ranging from the poles to the equator (Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, U.K., Ireland, New England, New Jersey and East Africa).


Thursday, October 22, Redware Pottery in the Sourlands – From at least the second decade of the 19th century until around 1880, the manufacture of utilitarian redware pottery was carried on within a relatively confined and isolated area on Sourland Mountain in Hillsborough Township, Somerset County.    Most of the Sourland Mountain manufacturing sites appear to be undisturbed and worthy of preservation for future research – presented by Richard Hunter.  Mr. Hunter holds a Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University, an MA in archaeological science from Bradford University, England, and a BA in archaeology and geography from Birmingham University, England


Thursday, November 5, Environmental Poetry Reading and Discussion – Princeton poet and activist, Daniel Harris, will read from his environmentalist poems together with a group discussion of the poems and their values/implications, including Q & A. Mr. Harris will donate half of profits from sales of any of his books to Sourland Conservancy. Mr. Harris has published two books of poetry, Loose Parlance (2008) and Random Unisons (2013) and several works of literary criticism, as well as individual poems in numerous national poetry magazines.  Professor Emeritus of English at Rutgers University.