By Laurie Heiss and Jane Ross, June 2017.
On Saturday July 1st at 9:30 am, you have a perfect chance to learn about one of Redding’s natural historical treasures – its varied and beautiful butterflies. The Redding Land Trust is co-sponsoring an outdoor discussion and meadow walk with butterfly expert Victor DeMasi and his loyal team of experienced butterfly “spotters” in the area of the Crossfield Meadow at the bottom of Cross Highway. To keep meadows like Crossfield open for butterflies, dragonflies and bird populations, the RLT pays for annual mowing of all the meadows it owns so that the public may enjoy these unique plant and animal habitats.
Every July, for well over 20 years, Vic and his team join other butterfly spotters all over the country for the National Butterfly Count. Now you can walk, watch and learn as butterflies are identified and counted, and you, as a spotter-in-training, can refer to an identification guide provided by the RLT. Victor as a master caller/observer also provides an identity for the “hard ones.”
Before the two forays into the meadows on both sides of Cross Highway and while you are enjoying coffee, juice and breakfast goodies, Vic and his team will talk about the diverse butterfly population in Redding and put it in the context of national populations, butterfly migration issues and habitat loss. In Redding we are fortunate to have healthy butterfly habitats and dedicated butterfly observers.
One meadow has paths so that visitors can observe the butterflies and spotters without walking through the 4-5 foot tall meadows. The other meadow, Crossfield, has no paths so long sleeves, long pants and closed shoes are a must. Please park and meet at 105 and 107 Cross Highway. At 11:15 the team is off to record butterflies at four other Redding sites.
For more information, please email Redding Land Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Jane Ross, June 2017
At the Joel Barlow High School Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 1st, Nicholas Andreas Nonnenmacher was awarded the Redding Land Trust Scholarship Award. An outstanding scholar and swimmer, Nick has played many leadership roles at JBHS, including member of the Barlow Leadership Team and Integrity Club, and as guide for incoming freshmen, among other roles. He graduates with a Diploma of Distinction.
Awarded to a graduating senior who is interested in pursuing studies in the field of conservation, environmental studies, forestry or ecology, the Redding Land Trust recognition will help Nick explore options in all these fields at Middlebury College in Vermont.
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By Stuart Green, June 2017
The White Trail in the Brinckerhoff was renamed Ross Ramble in honor of Jane and her late husband Jere Ross. With Jane as Secretary of the Land Trust and Jere a member of the Conservation Commission for decades it was the perfect tribute for their contribution to open space preservation, conservation and our trails!
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For those of you not able to attend the Redding Land Trust Annual Meeting, here is a link to Mary Anne Guitar’s welcome video to our members.. . .
Redding Land Trust is excited to be hosting
these events in honor of
May 13, 2017
Joan D. Ensor Memorial Hike
9 am at Scott Preserve
Meet at the trailhead, located at the intersection
of Seventy Acre Road and Mine Hill Road.
July 1, 2017
National Butterfly Count
with Victor DeMasi and the Butterfly Team
10 am at Crossfield
Parking at 105‐107 Cross Highway, Redding CT
Involves an optional walk through meadow grasses.
Protective clothing recommended. Kids welcome.
August 26, 2017
A Night to Remember…
Dinner at Warrup’s Farm, 1767
4:30 pm ‐ 8 pm
11 John Read Road, Redding CT
Cocktails, tour and dinner.
Limited capacity. Sign up now!
Mark your calendars, we hope to see you there!. . .