GROTON -- The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to its 2018 annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley.

The keynote speaker will be Chris Schadler, wild canid ecologist. Chris is the New Hampshire and Vermont representative for Project Coyote and co-founder of the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition. She divides her time between teaching, giving talks, and working on her book, "Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote in New England."

Schadler earned her master's degree at Antioch University Graduate School, where her thesis focused on the natural recovery of the Eastern Timber Wolf in Michigan. Beginning in the early 1990s, Schadler taught conservation issues, dendrology and wolf ecology at the University of New Hampshire. Schadler has provided talks to livestock growers and the general public for 30 years on living with coyotes.

NRWA will present its 2018 NRWA Conservation and Education Awards that evening.

* U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will be honored with the 2018 Water and Land Conservation Award for her extraordinary leadership in natural resource protection in the 3rd Congressional District, and for championing the designation of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as Partnership Wild & Scenic Rivers. Due to a prior commitment, the congresswoman is unable to attend, and this award will be accepted on her behalf by her staff.


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* This year's Environmental Education Award will be presented to Carrie Boyden, a fifth-grade teacher at Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, for her passionate and innovative approaches to introducing science and nature to her students at Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, and shaping curricula to meet Massachusetts state standards.

* A Special Certificate of Recognition will be presented to Carmen DeFillippo who recently retired from his position as the chief operator of the Pepperell wastewater treatment plant after 29 years. He made a career of striving for the best water quality in discharges to the river, and supported NRWA's Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program by providing free use of the laboratory once a month for sample testing.

And the association's business supporters will be recognized for their valuable role in our ongoing work.

The meeting begins with social time, a chance to mingle with NRWA directors, NRWA staff, other members and friends. The evening includes dessert, the business meeting (election of officers and directors), awards, and the keynote address.

Ticket price for dessert and coffee is $20 per person. The business meeting and speaking portions of the evening can be attended at no charge. Reservations are required; RSVP by Oct. 22.

For reservations, or additional information, visit www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org, or call NRWA at 978-448-0299.