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.
In mid-October, 2015, volunteers from XL Catlin appeared at Darien Land Trust’s Goodwives Meadow to help with habitat restoration and land protection. The DLT works closely with local businesses to work on one-day projects on preserved land to enhance the appearance, safety, and usability of the land. Through hands-on experience that are fun and rewarding such as this, volunteers gain an understanding of the importance of preserving natural landscapes and the effective impact of their work. In working with XL Catlin, the DLT handled all project details and customized the project to ease the ability of the company to carry out this type of community service. We thank XL Catlin for its contribution and working with us!
We were joined for the showing of Disneynature's "Wings of Life" movie on Saturday, June 13th at the Darien Library.
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you "Earth", "Oceans", "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee", comes "Wings of Life" - a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredibe - and increasingly threated - creatures.
The documentary follows the journey of these pollinators, some of whom travel amazing distances to pollinate a very specific flower. Nature-loving young viewers will enjoy a look at nature's unsung heroes.
This movie was sponsored by the Darien Land Trust, the Garden Club of Darien and the Darien Library.
Volunteers joined the DLT for our Annual Trail Fix and clean up repairing trails and spreading wood chips on Sunday, April 19th in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods. 30+ volunteers of all ages joined us as rakers and forkers to spread wood chips in 3 teams throughout the nature preserve. Thank you for helping us with trail maintenance.
Co-sponsored by the Darien Land Trust and the Friends of Sellecks Woods
Darien Land Trust's Farm to Table Dinner
On August 29, 2015, the DLT was thrilled to welcome guests to our first Farm To Table Dinner, which was held in our Waterbury Field preserve. Over 160 people came together for a dinner catered by The Schoolhouse At Cannondale with music from the Free Range Drifters. We would like to thank our sponsors Thompson Reuters, Rings End and Houlihan Lawrence and further thanks to Wee Burn Country Club and Two Roads brewery.
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We have had several community outreach events this autumn, including a tour of Selleck's/ Dunlap Woods for a Darien boy scout troups and for First Congregational Nursery School.
Throughout the year, the DLT also hosts events in neightborhoods to share our message and appreciate our supporters.
Shown below, on the bottom, is an event complete with s'mores and drinks held in Heather Lane in September 2014.
If you are interested in working with the DLT to organize an event in your community, please contact Shirley Nichols 203-655-4148.