MANCHESTER - On Saturday, April 19, Dr. Cheryl Bondi of the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry School in Syracuse will present the results of her research on the Equinox Preserve and other sites in the northeast.

The Equinox Preserve has long been the site of botanical and forest ecology research projects. Current research on forest ecosystems has suggested that soil calcium plays a key role in shaping community structure, function, and responses to environmental change. A wide range of plants, snails, amphibians, soil arthropods and songbirds may be threatened by loss of calcium from acidified ecosystems.

Attendees will learn how to identify snails, amphibians and soil arthropods that can be used as indicators of soil health. The prsentation will be followed by a hike on the Preserve for a hands-on examination of the organisms which played a role in her research.

This program is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should meet in the Equinox Hotel Rockwell conference room at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, for the indoor portion of the presentation. This program is appropriate for kids over the age of 10.

For more information contact Equinox Preserve Steward Rick LaDue at 366-1400.