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.
We are pleased to announce that photographs by Chris Bosak from the exhibit "Our Meadows: Alive and Buzzing" are on sale with 100% of proceeds going directly to benefit the Darien Land Trust. The photographs are also available as a set of 8 notecards. Below are just some of the images that are available.
Please contact Shirley Nichols, executive director of the DLT, for further information at 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."
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.
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.
The Darien Land Trust is half way through a four-year project to restore an ancient herring migration route up the Noroton River that was interrupted by the construction of I-95 in the 1950s.
Herring (in our case Alewives) are anadromous, living most of their lives in salt water but migrating back to spawn in the fresh water of their birth.
Working with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s Inland Fisheries
The fish should start returning in 2013 and we eagerly await the sight of one of nature's phenomena as hundreds of herring return to Olson Woods Lake.
Thank you to all our members who help support these programs.