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Saturday, February 22, 10AM-1PM. Tackling Invasives at Woodward Park. Volunteers Needed! Please join us to prepare a site for an early spring tree and shrub planting at Woodward Avenue Park in Norwalk.  We will learn to identify the native shrubs present and clear the area of the invasive phragmites.  On April 4th we will plant native pollinator-friendly trees and shrubs provided through a grant from One Tree Planted. This park is a stop on the Pollinator Pathway.  Woodward Avenue Park is at the corner of Woodward Ave and Dock Road, Norwalk. Please register by emailing us at info@norwalkriver.org. 

 

 

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Wednesday, February 26, 7PM. Film Screening of The Devil We Know at Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave, Rowayton with a follow-up discussion by Representative Lucy Dathan. Register here.

The Devil We Know shows how citizens in West Virginia take on a powerful corporation after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical — now found in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans — into the local drinking water supply.

The State of CT is currently considering policy for protecting our drinking water from this class of chemicals, known as PFAS, and lawmakers need to hear from us about the issue. Join us to learn about the risks these chemicals pose, how other states are protecting drinking water, and the presence of this chemical in CT’s waterways.

Tuesday, March 3, 7:30-9PM. Nature’s Best Hope, An Evening With Doug Tallamy. The New Canaan Pollinator Pathway partners present an evening with Doug Tallamy. Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can, and must, take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Tickets will be sold for $15 online through March 2nd. Register here. Should extra tickets be available on the day of the event, they will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. New Canaan Country School, 635 Frogtown Road, New Canaan, CT 06840

Wednesday, March 11, 1:30-2:30PM. Pollinator-Friendly Management of Backyards & Gardens. Join the Norwalk Garden Club for this talk by Pollinator Pathway consultant, Emily May, of the Xerces Society. Gardeners and homeowners can make a direct positive impact in supporting pollinators in their landscape. An important part of creating a safe oasis for pollinators is protecting these spaces from harmful pesticides. Currently, suburban yards and gardens receive more pesticides per acre than agricultural areas. Can the home gardener who wants to protect pollinators and have a landscape that looks good have it both ways? In this talk, Emily May (Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Pesticide Program, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation) will discuss pollinator-friendly pest management and planting recommendations for backyards and gardens that reduce reliance on chemical inputs while maintaining attractive landscapes. This free event is open to the public and will be held at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk. 

Saturday, March 21, 3:30-5PM. Norwalk Library Gardening Lecture Series: Spring is Here! Can You Hear It?The wind or rain… or the sleigh-bell sounds of spring peepers, the gentle call of a bluebird in summer, or a katydid rasping in the fall–we can become so accustomed to the background noises of our life that we tune these sounds of our natural world out. Come to this talk to find out more about the emerging field of soundscape ecology, and to learn some simple steps you can take to welcome nature’s chorus back to your neighborhood.

Cathy Smith is a long-time gardener with a passion for natural history, native plants and landscape design. She is a Master Composter in training through the UConn Home & Garden Education Center and is completing a New York Botanical Garden certificate. She has also studied with Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, one of the world’s great gardens. When not gardening or hiking, she teaches yoga and serves on the boards of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Originally from Canada, she lives and gardens in Wilton.

Snacks and beverages will be served. For more information or to register for this free event please contact Sally Nacker at snacker@norwalkpl.org or 203-899-2780 ext. 15137. Norwalk Library, 1 Belden Ave, Norwalk, CT.

Sunday, April 26, 3-4:30PM. Becoming An Environmental Steward of Your Own Property Has Never Been More Important. Katonah Library. The Lewisboro Land Trusts present a talk by Kim Eierman, an environmental horticulturist, specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. She is the founder of EcoBeneficial LLC and teaches at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Native Plant Center. Kim is the author of a new book, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening. The program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Jerome Levy Foundation, and all are welcome.

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.