Events

Norwalk River Watershed Association
Thursday, May 31, 7-9PM. Update on the Health of Long Island Sound by Soundkeeper, Bill Lucey. Join us for our annual meeting at 6:30 for a brief update on the year’s activities at NRWA and stay to hear Bill Lucey at 7PM at the Ridgefield Library. The Talk will give background on the Soundkeeper Movement, how pollution impacts the Sound, and how we are monitoring water quality to track progress. Lucey, a Wilton native who took over as Soundkeeper last year, is a fish and wildlife biologist, a former commercial fisherman, and an experienced advocate. Most recently, he served as project manager for the Kauai Invasive Species Committee at the Research Corporation University of Hawaii. After three decades of conservation work across North America, he decided the time was right to bring his expertise back to benefit Long Island Sound. In addition to regular patrols, the Soundkeeper, now part of Save the Sound, acts an advocate, organizer, and resource. Register at Ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Saturday, June 2, 10AM-12PM. Pollinator Pathway Planting Along the NRVT. Volunteers needed to weed and seed the newest section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) in Wilton. We are working to build a pollinator pathway through Wilton that connects to neighboring towns and provides pesticide-free food sources and shelter for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinating insect. Part of that mission includes seeding the disturbed ground along new sections of the NRVT as they go in.  We will seed with native pollinator-friendly wildflowers and grasses before invasive plants can take root along the trail.  This project is funded by the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) and is co-sponsored by Pollinator Pathway organizers: NRVT, NRWA, Wilton Garden Club, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, and Woodcock Nature Center. Meet at the cul-de-sac on Twin Oaks Lane at noon.  Bring gloves, a rake, spade, shovel and/or bucket for watering. Limited supplies available. Register at Pollinator-Pathway.org.

Saturday June 9, 12PM-2PM. Norwalk River Clean Up. Volunteers needed! Meet behind the Riverbend Commons apartments at 15 Perry Ave, Norwalk.  This bend in the river is just next to the new Perry Ave bridge, so it has been disturbed by construction, and also has collected lots of plastic trash. Come help us cut back some invasive vines and remove the trash before it washes into the Sound.  Wear gloves and mud & waterproof shoes. Trash bags and limited supply of gloves available. Register by emailing us at info@norwalkriver.org.

Wednesday, June 13, 7 pm. Dr. Kim Stoner, “Beyond the Honey Bee – Native Bees of Connecticut.” Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT.  brucemuseum.org. Dr. Stoner is an entomologist with the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station whose focus is the native bees of Connecticut.

Saturday, August 11, 10AM. Butterfly Walk in Redding. Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum and NRWA Advisory Board member, has been studying butterflies and moths in an area along the Norwalk River since 1977. He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food and habitats and show his remarkable collection. Meet at the corner of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7, Redding. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at victormonarch@yahoo.com or 203- 448-0106. (Rain date: Sunday, August 12).
NRWA programs highlight the importance and features of the river and its watershed and ways people collectively and individually can improve the region. Programs are free, unless specified, but space may be limited; reservations are suggested. Call the leader listed or NRWA toll free at 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) for information, directions, and reservations. Hikers should always wear hiking shoes and bring water.