Hammer WOODLANDS – We will continue to remove fallen trees and clear along the fence line and the trail entrance. Time and number of volunteers permitting, we will also clear the top of the dam as needed and check trails. Meet at 9:00 AM; park along the side of Cherry Hill Rd. across from Montoya condominiums. Bring loppers, clippers and work gloves. Call Bill Horne, 203-488-6146, for details.
BEES, BEES, BEES
Join the Branford Land Trust for the second of its Winter/Spring Lecture Series, ìBees, Bees, Beesî with Kimberly Stoner, to be held at 7:00 PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St., Branford, CT. The event is free and open to the public.
Kim will talk about the importance of variety of bees as pollinators. Many people are not aware how much pollination, even of crop plants, is done by native bees, particularly bumble bees, and that the species diversity of bumble bees has decreased significantly in just the last 15 years.
Kimberly Stoner has been the vegetable entomologist at the CT Agricultural Station in New Haven since 1987. Her current research focuses on the pollination by bees—including measuring exposure of bees to pesticides, monitoring native bee species and studying pollination in pumpkins and squash. She conducted research on plant resistance to insects, alternatives to pesticides for managing insects, and organic farming. She served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT from 1990-2010 and she was a founding member of the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and chair of the Organic Land Care Committee for eight years. She earned her B.S. in zoology from Duke University in 1979, and her Ph.D. in zoology from Cornell University in 1987.
Jarvis Creek Preserve – We will check and clear the trails on the Jarvis Creek Preserve. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Buena Vista Rd. cul-de-sac. Limited parking, so parking on Thimble Island Rd. and walking to the meeting point is encouraged. Bring loppers, small handsaws, sturdy hand clippers, and work gloves. Call Bill Horne, 203-488-6146, for details.
HOW TO USE THE SWEET SPOTS OF THE EARTH, THE SEA AND SKY TO BEST ADVANTAGE
Join the Branford Land Trust for the last in its Winter/Spring Lecture Series, ìHow to Use the Sweet Spots of the Earth, the Sea and Sky to Best Advantageî with Mary O’Connor, to be held at 7:00 PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St., Branford, CT. The event is free and open to the public.
This program takes a look at the healing and inspirational aspects of the natural world. Mary O’Connor draws on a combination of scientific research as well as the personal stories of those who have found relief, fulfillment or contentment in simple ways. Program attendees will be invited to participate in an exercise using various bits of nature in zip-lock bags, to learn how to apply our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell, to capture all that nature offers.
Mary O’Connor lives in Old Lyme on the Connecticut shore, a source of inspiration for much of her work. As a writer and an artist, she is strongly influenced by simple observation of the world’s natural beauty. The realization that one need not look far to find an element of peace, of celebration, of joy, provides the inspiration for much of her writing that appears in Dreams of a Wingless Child and Life Is Full of Sweet Spots, a curious travel guide for those who seek joy in their lives.
A frequent public speaker and workshop facilitator, Mary teaches poetry writing to inmates at York Correctional Institute, the Connecticut state prison for women, and is an active volunteer in the community social service arena. It is, however, her ear for hearing what people have to say, combined with her eye for the joy to be captured in the world around us, that best define her work.
Wildflower Walk Van Wie Preserve
Sam Saulys, an expert botanist, leads a walk on the Van Wie Preserve to identify spring wildflowers. Meet at the trailhead at 87 Red Hill Rd. at 10 AM. (Rain date of Sunday, April 27 at 10 AM). For details, call 203-415-1571.
Both May 10 & May 11
Chris Woerner will lead his annual bird walks along the Stony Creek Trolley Trail and Vedder property. Meet in Stony Creek at the far end of West Point Rd. at 8:30 AM. For details, call 203-415-1571.
Vedder Preserve – We will clean up chronic party sites, do trail maintenance and continue the removal of invasive plants, mostly privet, that has been the focus of our stewardship work on this preserve for several years. Meet at 9:00 AM at the pull-off on Pleasant Point Rd., just south of the Amtrak line. Bring work gloves, grub hoes, clippers and loppers. Call Bill Horne, 203-488-6146, for details.
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Trails Day Hike
Pisgah Brook & Saltonstall Ridge
Join us for a walk along Pisgah Brook and on Saltonstall Ridge, from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM. We’ll travel 3.5 miles, led by Bill Horne. Meet at the end of Laurel Hill Rd., a right turn off Brushy Plain Rd. about 1.2 miles north of I-95 Exit 54. For details, contact Bill (203-488-6146, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Branford Festival – Join us at the Land Trust booth to help set up (7:15 AM), break down (3:30 PM) or for an hour or two during the day to tell your friends and neighbors how you’re helping the Land Trust protect Branford’s open space for future generations. Call Bill Horne, 203-488-6146, for details.