Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

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Nature of the Battlefield Series

Nature of the Battlefield

2016 Summer Series presented by Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

7 PM at the Adams County Ag Center
670 Old Harrisburg Road Gettysburg PA 17320

Tuesday, June 28th – Birds with a Gettysburg Address
with Bonita Portzline
Bonnie Portzline is the creator of the photography and education project, “Birds with a Gettysburg Address,” a series of always-changing slideshows of birds and their behaviors. Encouraging all ages to get into (and back into) birdwatching, she advocates for historic Gettysburg National Military Park as a birder’s destination any season of the year. Its natural habitats, conserved by NPS, help to attract to this area nearly 200 bird species as residents, nesters, and migratory visitors.

Tuesday, July 19th – the Insects of the Battlefield
with Dr. Gary Miller
This presentation underscores the many interactions between insects and soldiers during the Civil War and offers a unique perspective to the Civil War that has been largely overlooked.  Surrounded by insects such as flies, lice, and fleas, both Union and Confederate soldiers often found themselves battling more than each other.  In addition, some insects are important in the transmission of disease-causing organisms.  Maladies such as dysentery and malaria have a significant or critical insect components and accounted for tremendous suffering during the war.  The talk is jam-packed with unique visual aids and hands on experiences to illustrate this topic.

Tuesday, July 26th – Geology and the Gettysburg Campaign
with Jeri Jones
The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle on North American soil.  With all of the history and stories written about this battle, not many people realize how important the science of geology was involved in the maneuvers made by both sides. This presentation will discuss the geology of Gettysburg National Military Park and its relation to the battle itself.

Tuesday, August 30th – Silent Soldiers: Trees of the Battlefield
with Dr. Elizabeth Brantley
Many of the majestic trees of the National Military Park are remarkable to regard.  Dr. Beth Brantley, of Penn State Mont Alto, will share more about some of these trees and their uses during the Civil War.  Learn how to recognize them and which ones present in the 1860s are still alive today!

Suggested donation of $5 supports environmental education programs at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve. For more information about the Preserve, visit

 Special thanks to Mr. Joseph Mieczkowski, Licensed Battlefield Guide,
and the Gettysburg National Military Park for their support.


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