East Lyme Agri-Business Winter Seminars

All programs are free and open to all. Program registration is required. Programs will be held in the East Lyme Room at the East Lyme Public Library. The library is located at 39 Society Road, Niantic, CT. Co-sponsored by East Lyme Agri-Business Committee and East Lyme Public Library

The History and Benefits of Shell Fishing

Saturday, January 7 at 2pm (1/14 Snow Date)  
Learn about the history of shell fishing in local waters, the old methods and the new equipment in use today with T.J. Londregan, owner of the Niantic Bay Shellfish Farm. T.J. will review the benefits of having a healthy, sustainable shellfish population in rivers and estuaries. [Registration Form]

Existing and Emerging Tick and Tick-borne Disease Challenges as a Serious Public Health Concern

Saturday, February 11 at 2pm (2/18 Snow Date)
Dr. Goudarz Molaei, of the Department of Entomology (CT Agricultural Experiment Station) and Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (Yale School of Public Health), will discuss the increased risk of exposure to ticks and tick-borne pathogens. Over the past two decades, numerous tick-borne pathogens have been discovered, and the geographic ranges of both native and invasive ticks has expanded. [Registration Form]

Natural History of Black Bears in Connecticut

Saturday, March 18 at 2pm (3/25 Snow Date)
Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist with the CT State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will provide an overview of the black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Ginny will share practical recommendations for optimum co-existence with our black bear population. [Registration Form]