The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Reptiland’s Clyde Peeling will present a special program on native species in the Central Susquehanna Valley. He will also introduce the Conservancy’s new Linking Landscapes Initiative, which seeks to enhance the resilience of natural areas and slow the loss of biodiversity in our region through habitat connectivity. The afternoon event is open to the public — young and old alike.
The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with light refreshments in the Campus Theatre mezzanine where guests can view displays illustrating the conservation successes of the Linn Conservancy and its subsidiary organization, Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance. Other exhibits will honor landowners who have permanently protected land that provides critical wildlife habitat through conservation easements with the Linn Conservancy.
Live, local species of amphibians, turtles and other reptiles will be on display in the theatre with Mizuki Takahashi and Tristan Stayton from Bucknell University’s Biology Department on hand to answer questions. More than 100 school students from elementary through middle schools in the region have submitted posters highlighting the Linking Landscapes theme. These will be on display throughout the theatre.
Presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the introduction of special guests, followed by Peeling’s presentation emphasizing the ecological lessons most crucial to the Conservancy’s new initiative. After the presentation, the Conservancy’s birthday cake and punch will be served in the theatre mezzanine.
The Linn Conservancy, along with Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, will work in partnership with state, county and local governments, conservation groups, land trusts, businesses, community groups, youth groups and individuals to advance the Linking Landscapes initiative. For more information visit www.linnconservancy.org.