Darken the night

  • By turning off the lights, and those of your neighbors, the Milky Way will be more clear. Courtesy of Will Strath

Published: 8/5/2020 9:55:39 AM

Imagine viewing the Milky Way while hearing the call of loons? Imagine doing something together with all your neighbors?

You can, by participating in the “A Night With The Stars” on Saturday, Aug. 15, by turning off artificial lights for sixty minutes starting at 9 p.m. Sponsored by three partner environmental organizations; Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Squam Lakes Association, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, the goal is to celebrate the beauty and conservation of this region while being “in community.”

“This is a great opportunity to bring the community ‘together’ to celebrate our amazing surroundings and all the progress made to conserve this region. The event started with brainstorming how to celebrate the Conservation Society’s first 60 years of land conservation. We couldn’t host a large gathering without putting people at risk, so we’re attempting something totally different: a non-event event! And it’s outdoors and not virtual. “A Night with the Stars” is something we can all do and appreciate. Just turn off the lights and turn up the quiet. It’ll be a time to remember.”

For the past six decades, SLCS has been leading the way in conserving land in the Squam watershed.

“So many landowners want to preserve the natural setting of this area. SLCS educates and helps them transition their property to protected land,” said Larochelle. “The community support over the years has been outstanding, making Squam Lakes one of the premiere conserved regions in the nation with over 30% of its land permanently protected. That alone is worth celebrating.”

The sponsoring organizations hope this event will go viral (in a good way) by spreading the word and getting most everyone in the watershed, and beyond, to participate. For more information, go to foreversquam.org, squamlakes.org, or nhnature.org.


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