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March 2022

Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists – Virtual Meeting

March 9

Information & Register

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Connecticut’s annual World Water Day event

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This year, Rivers Alliance, Save the Sound, The Nature Conservancy, Clean Water Action, CT River Conservancy, CT Land Conservation Council, CT League of Conservation Voters, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and other partners are coming together for an online celebration exploring “Groundwater - Making the Invisible Visible.”  We’ll also be recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, how far we’ve come and how we can all do our part to protect clean water. Please join us on Monday, March…

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A Vernal Pool Adventure, Babcock Ridge Preserve

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Babcock Rd, North Stonington Spring is right around the corner, and the frogs, salamanders, and aquatic invertebrates that have spent the colder season in hiding will be coming back to life in the temporary wetlands known as vernal pools. At twilight, we’ll hike the trail—it’s about a half-mile, somewhat hilly walk—to a group of vernals in Avalonia’s Babcock Ridge Preserve to search for such creatures as Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers, Spotted and Marbled Salamanders, and Fairy Shrimp. We might…

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April 2022

Avalonia Close-to-Earth-Day 2022 Walk

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Benedict Benson Preserve, Swantown Hill Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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photo credit: Bruce Fellman Celebrate Spring, Earth Day, and Clean Water at the Benedict Benson Preserve One of the critical precursors of the passage of the Clean Water Act, the landmark federal legislation whose 50 years of making a difference we celebrate throughout 2022, is Earth Day, the consciousness-raising holiday for the planet that began in 1970. As part of Avalonia’s ongoing tribute to the CWA, join naturalist and guide Bruce Fellman as we wade into moving waters, figuratively, if…

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May 2022

May Day Walk at Paffard Woods

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Paffard Woods, N Main St.
Stonington, CT 06378 United States
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Look for Signs of Spring on May Day! Join Beth Sullivan for a walk in the early spring woods.  We will spend time on a loop trail that leads us over three  stream crossings and sit for a while to listen to the brook.  We should find several spring wildflowers, listen for birds and enjoy the greening of the woods.  Great photo opportunities.  The trail we will take is a little rough in spots, roots, stones and a few ups…

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In Search of Birds and Beavers

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Donald R. Henne Memorial Preserve, Babcock Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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The Donald R. Henne Memorial Preserve in North Stonington is a case study of the benefits of the Clean Water Act, which is celebrating a half-century of safeguarding the nation’s water resources. On Saturday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, we’ll explore Henne and its wetlands, which have become a haven for fish, aquatic invertebrates, especially dragonflies, aquatic plants, waterfowl, and an assortment of other birds that thrive in wetlands habitats. In a slow-paced, mile and a half,…

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June 2022

Tefftweald Nature Trek

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tefftweald at Birchenturn, 282 Grindstone Hill Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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Explore the human and natural history of the Tefftweald at Birchenturn Nature Preserve where we’ll enjoy the migrating birds, emerging butterflies and other insects, a variety of blooming wildflowers, and the exquisite twists and turns of Wyassup Brook, an artist’s, writer’s, and photographer’s delight. Don’t hesitate to call or email: 860-599-4867, or fellnature@sbcglobal.net. Photo credit: Bruce Fellman Register

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Sheets Family Forest Ribbon Cutting & Guided Hike

June 26 @ 1:00 pm
Sheets Family Forest, Puttker Road
North Stonington, CT United States
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Join Avalonia for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Sheets Family Forest at 1:00 pm, followed by a guided hike by naturalist Bruce Fellman from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.   This spectacular 86-acre preserve boasts a 3 mile trail and a half-mile of frontage along the Green Fall River. This preserve is part of the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed, which has received a Wild & Scenic designation.   Light refreshments will be available -all are welcome! The Sheets…

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