Events

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Nature Friendly Gardening Series with Norwalk Public Library

Thursday, October 22, 12-1:30. Invasion of the Invasive Species. REGISTER HERE. Please join us as Pollinator Pathway co-founder Jackie Algon introduces the primary invasive plants of our area and shares how to recognize them, eradicate them, and replace them with native plants that sustain our local birds, pollinators and other wildlife.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Algon studied Zoology/Pre-Med as an undergraduate, holds her MA in ESL, and her PhD in Information Science. After working for Merck & Co., Inc. in New Jersey for 32 years, and consulting for a decade, she retired and discovered a new ‘calling’ in conservation and nature. Jackie became a Master Gardener in 2006, and serves on the Wilton Conservation Commission and Chairs the Town’s Tree Committee. She co-chairs the Conservation Committee of Wilton Garden Club, and is a founding member of the Pollinator Pathway Northeast.

Nature Friendly Gardening Series with Norwalk Public Library

Thursday, November 12, 12-1PM. Seeds and Weeds: Building Wild Resilience Through Ungardening. REGISTER HEREGardening for pollinators and other beneficial wildlife is about more than just planting native plants. By working with the natural forces at play in our yards instead of against them we can create thriving, healthy ecosystems and reconnect our yards to the environment. Let’s ungarden!

Aubree Keurajian is an ecologist and botanist who works across the state of Connecticut. She has a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Natural and Environmental Systems from Cornell University and recently founded Ungardening Native Plants, a restoration ecology consultation service and native plant nursery striving to make land restoration accessible to small scale homeowners and community organizations. She is a member of the Connecticut Native Plant Working Group and is working with the CT chapter of the Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association’s Ecotype project. Check her out online at ungardening.org, on Instagram @ungardening, or on Facebook at facebook.com/ungardenit.

 

Wednesdays & Saturdays 9:30-11:30AM. Restoring the Gardens & Riverbank at Oyster Shell Park. Volunteers Needed for safe, outdoor, socially distanced, masked habitat restoration work for birds and pollinators! Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Norwalk to help restore the riverbank and the gardens at Oyster Shell Park. Learn how to identify invasive plants and also the beautiful natives that support our native pollinators. Bring gloves, clippers, and a spade or shovel if possible. Meet at the playground on North Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, between the Aquarium and the new mall. Make sure to register so we can notify you in case of cancellations. To register email Nancy at theperennialgardener@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for Masked, Socially Distanced, Outdoor Project
The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is working on a 3-year meadow restoration project at town-owned McKeon Farm. Contact us at info@pollinator-pathway.org to join!
Join Us for an On-going Webinar Series on Wilton’s Comstock Brook–
Its Importance as a Trout Brook, Threats to its Health, and What We Can Do to Restore It. 
Comstock Brook provides Wilton and Norwalk with drinking water and is home to some of our watershed’s only native brook trout—which is exciting for fishermen but is also an indicator of a healthy aquatic ecosystem, and one we as a community need to work together to protect. The Brook is currently threatened by storm-water runoff, habitat fragmentation, dams, and water company withdrawals. All of these impacts are magnified by the impacts of climate change.

We would like to open a town-wide discussion in Wilton about how we can advocate for protecting and restoring it. Please join us and learn how you can play a role in protecting and conserving this precious stream. This series is presented by NRWA, Wilton Library, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, and Trout Unlimited Mianus Chapter. 

Comstock Brook: Protecting & Restoring Our Native Brook Trout Stream. In the first talk, Jeff Yates, Conservation Chair of the local Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, provides a history of this special stream that runs from North Wilton to Merwin Meadows, where it joins the Norwalk River. (You walk over it when you go from the playground area to the playing fields at Merwin.) He discusses the importance of the stream as both fish habitat and drinking water supply as well as the threats it faces as demand for water increases and how new state policy, as well as action on our community’s part, offer a chance for restoring the brook to health. Watch a recording of Jeff’s talk here.

 

Monday, August 31 – 7pm – “Bee” The Change: Protect Wilton’s Rivers by Joining the Pollinator Pathway. Louise Washer of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, and Donna Merrill of the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, will present a two-part talk where they will lay out specific steps Wiltonians can take in their own yards to help restore water quality in the Comstock Brook and Norwalk River while also bringing more birds, bees and butterflies to their yards. Learn the importance of working together with your neighbors to help protect more land in Wilton, which is the key to providing heathy water and wildlife habitat.  Watch a recording of the talk here.   

Thursday, September 15, 7PM. From Spectacle Swamp to Long Island Sound: Growing Up Fishing Comstock Brook. Bill Lucey, our Long Island Soundkeeper, grew up in Wilton exploring and fishing the Comstock Brook, Norwalk River, and Long Island Sound before embarking on a career that has taken him around the world and, thankfully, back to CT. Bill will talk about fishing in Comstock Brook when he was growing up and how that stream led to his career in water conservation. He will discuss the reasons for the decline in water quality in the Comstock Brook and Norwalk River Watershed, as a whole, including stormwater runoff and the many dams along the brook.  He will talk about the headwaters of the brook in North Wilton and the importance of protecting them. And finally, he will make the connection between the protecting the health of streams like this and protecting Long Island Sound. Watch a recording of this talk here.

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.