Please join us as we pass the torch from President Chris Filmer to Vice President Flip Huffard. Our annual meeting is at 5pm on Sunday, November 16th at Wee Burn Country Club. All are welcome to hear reflections on our past accomplishments and goals to reach our mission.
The Darien Land Trust and The Darien Nature Center held an evening reception on October 17, 2014 to celebrate the month-long photo exhibition by Chris Bosak titled "Our Meadows: Alive and Buzzing" with all photos taken at Darien Land Trust meadow properties.
The exhibit was on display at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road, Darien CT until October 30, 2014.
Chris Bosak is a board member of the Darien Land Trust and bird columnist for The Hour newspaper.
"Our Meadows: Alive and Buzzing" calls attention to one of New England's fastest disappearing habitats: the meadow. These up-close images capture the beauty of native flowers, insects and birds with extraordinary detail. They invite us to discover the bounty of life hidden inside the wild meadows of Darien.
On June 8, 2014, Darien Land Trust hosted a "celebration day" in Dunlap/ Selleck's Woods that engaged people of all ages in education activities that celebrate the beauty of our woods and parklands.
On hand were musicians, artists, refreshments, and exhibits for topics including birds, butterflies, amphibians, trees, invasive plants, and local environmental improvements.
This event has proven to be a wonderful way to explore our nearly two miles of trails through a 50-acre nature preserve. There are seven distinct ecosystems ranging from densely wooded areas to ponds, marshes, swamps, streams and even prairie pockets.
The birds are back! The DLT sponsored a spring bird walk in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods on May 10, 2014.
During this time of the spring migration, swarms of birds in brilliantly colored breeding plumage are seen filling woodlands and parks with their beautiful spring songs.
Birders spotted species including Oven Bird, Raven, Catbird, several Warblers (and we heard 15 types of Warblers), Red Winged Blackbird, and three different species sitting on their nest.
The tour was led by Board Member and bird expert Chris Bosak, who has written a weekly birdwatching column since 1999 and writes the blog "Birds of New England."
DLT planned multiple special birding events in May 2014, including co-sponsoring with Greenwich Audobon the film Birders: The Cental Park Effect at the Darien Library.
Over four years, director and birder Jeffrey Kimball used many tricks to capture 117 birds, each of which gets its own credit.
Equal stars in the movie are a diverse group of New Yorkers that reveal how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhatten has upended and magically transformed their lives.
Held near Earth Day every year, volunteers came together to clean up and improve the trails at Dunlap/Selleck's Woods on April 26th 2014.
Volunteers removed debris from trails and spread wood chips, which blend with the natural surroundings, provide firmer footing for walking and bind together to form a mat-like surface that allows water infiltration and holds soil particles in place.
The clean up day builds a sense of community, civic involvement, volunteerism and gets the trails ready for summer.
The Darien Land Trust recently celebrated St. Patrick's Day with its annual "Keep The Green In Darien" cocktail party and fundraiser.
It was a great success as supporters turned out to enjoy Irish fare, music and "green" raffle prizes for a good cause.
The event was sponsored by Nielsen's Florist and Leary's Liquor Cabinet with prizes donated by Everything is Rosy, Orvis, Green & Tonic, Whole Foods Market Darien, Beadz Boutique, Michael Joseph Catering, Bling, Brooks Brothers, Wildbirds, Darien Social, Folly, Jimmy's Southside Tavern, Barrett Bookstore and gifts donated by board members Chris Bosak, Amy Sarbinowski, Flip Huffard, Kaye Ramsden and Hannah Burge.
We hope you will join us again next year!
In January 2014, the Darien Land Trust enjoyed sponsoring the movie Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age. This film explores nature's powerful role in children's health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of "nature deficit disorder" are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Mother Nature's Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the 'whole' child?
The film screening was followed by a discussion led by Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kellert is the author of Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector.
The Darien Land Trust co-sponsored the event with the Darien Nature Center and Greenwich Audobon at the Darien Library.
The Congregational Nursery School pre-k class recently enjoyed a wonderful visit to Dunlap Woods.
August is a great month to observe butterflies and moths on our properties. This gorgeous Eastern tiger swallowtail was seen in our "butterfly walk" at Dunlap Woods. Here, native host plants are encouraged to grow to provide food for larva and adult butterflies.
The Darien Land Trust open meadows are also good places to observe butterflies and birds. The wildflowers that have been planted in the meadows are an abundant source of nectar for migrating Monarch butterflies in late September through October.
Birds using the Atlantic Fly-Way also use our meadows to rest and refuel on their return journeys to Central America, starting in August.