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.
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).
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.
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.
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.