Please join us for the Annual Meeting, Establishing Common Ground, on Sunday, November13th at 5 p.m. at the Wee Burns Country Club.
The theme of the meeting will be Establishing Common Ground: Collaboration and connectivity across town lines to preserve our wildlife, water, and recreation.
Mary Ellen Lemay, Coordinator of the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership, will be our featured speaker. Mary Ellen has a strong record of support for local, regional, and state environmental issues, and she will discuss how best to protect priority habitats that create connective corridors.
Please join fellow Land Trust members on Sunday, November 13 at 5 p.m. for the Darien Land Trust's Annual Meeting at the Wee Burn Country Club. A short business meeting will precede the presentation by Mary Ellen Lemay, and Darien Land Trust members will be asked to approve a slate of new Board Members including Michelle Imbrogno, MJ McNulty, John O'Brien, and Anne Walker. Refreshments will be available.
Join us for nature activities and fun for the whole family on our 3rd biennial Trails Discovery Day being held on Sunday September 11th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods.
Explore the two miles of trails and I-spy corner. Learn from experts on honey bees, butterflies and plants. Get engaged while building fairy houses, catching tadpoles in Dunlap Lake, enjoying a nature scavenger hunt -- and get involved with the hands-on animal wildlife.
We will have music and a great food truck to provide fun for the whole family.
Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family with generous sponsorship by Whole Foods Market of Darien.
The Darien Land Trust requests the pleasure of your company at the 2016 Farm To Table dinner with food provided by The Schoolhouse At Cannondale.
Last year the event sold out, so please consider making your reservation early.
The event is a special evening under the open skies with music provided by The Free Range Drifters. The dinner begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and is held in Waterbury Field, with parking available at the adjacent Wee Burn Country Club. Dress code is smart casual and reservations are required.
Many thanks to our event sponsors BAYWATER PROPERTIES, Houlihan Lawrence, Ring's End, Darien Rowayton Bank and BMW - Callari Motors. Raindate is Sunday, August 28th at 6pm.
Click this link to Buy Tickets: https://darienlandtrust.givezooks.com/events/2016-dlt-farm-to-table-dinner
On Thursday, May 12th, the Darien Land Trust was pleased to sponsor a showing of the documentary Chasing Ice (96% rating, Rotten Tomatoes) at the Darien Library.
Chasing Ice is a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog to publicize the effects of climate change and was directed by Jeff Orlowski and filmed in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska,
Balog was initially skeptical about climate change when the issue entered scientific discussion, but after his first trip north, he becomes convinced of the impact that humans have on the planet and becomes committed to bringing the story to the public. Within months of the first trip to Iceland, Balog initiated "The Extreme Ice Survey," an expedition to collect data on the seasonal changes of glaciers. Balog and his team deployed cameras that utilized time-lapse photography to capture a multi-year record of the world’s glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at an alarming rate.
Traveling with a team of young adventureers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risked his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
The Darien Land Trust was proud to co-sponsor this film along with the Darien Library, the Garden Club of Darien, and the Darien Nature Center.
Click Chasing Ice for more information about this documentary.
Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!
Head towards Norwalk on the Post Rd., turn right at Trader Joes/Rory’s on to Kings Hwy North. Immediately after you go over I-95, turn right onto Parklands Drive and continue past the office buildings to the entrance to Dunlap/Selleck’s Woods.
The DLT was pleased to sponsor a lecture by naturalist Michael Wojtech titled "Know Your Trees" on February 2nd at the Darien Library. In addition to learning about species identification, we discovered why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why do layers of bark peel away in curly strips?
Michael left a 15-year business career to pursue his love of natural history and writing, and earned his Masters in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. His thesis, on tree bark, became the basis for his book, the field guide "Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast." Michael is a freelance writer, educator, illustrator and photographer. His main focus is trees, but he encounters many other aspects of natural history that he can't help but dive into. He lives tucked into the woods of western Massachusetts. Michael will be available to sign copies of his book. For more details visit: http://www.knowyourtrees.com.
The Darien Land Trust is proud to have co-sponsored this event with the Darien Library, the Tree Conservancy of Darien and the Darien Nature Center.
On Thursday, January 14 at 7pm, the Darien Land Trust is sponsoring a FREE showing of the documentary More Than Honey at the Darien Library. More Than Honey is a 2012 Swiss documentary film directed by Markus Imhoof about honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China, and Australia that has been called “spectacularly beautiful” (Stephen Holden, New York Times) and “visually magnificent” (bumblebee researcher Felicity Muth).
CALLING ALL WITCH-CRAFTY KIDS:
Yesterday ~600 people came out for the Darien Nature Center's Hoot & Howl event and the Darien Land Trust's Pumpkin Trail on DLT paths behind the Darien Nature Center. Volunteers donated spooky, spectacular carved pumpkin for the Darien Land Trust's Pumpkin Trail, an exhibit of jack o' lanterns on woodland trails at the Darien Nature Center's Hoot 'n Howl event. Thank you to everyone for their support. We hope everyone had a great time!
In November, DLT board members Nina Miller and Chris Filmer led a tour of nursery school students and teachers through the paths of Sellecks/Dunlap Woods. People explored paths, identified animal prints, saw the animals of the woods at Eye Spy Corner, scampered up climbing rocks, and found a “letter box” in one of the stone walls. Nursery and elementary school tours are conducted throughout the spring and autumn. Please contact the DLT if you are interested in working with us to set one up for your organization.