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Nature Lecture Series

Animals, Plants & More for Free

Have you seen a Bobcat while walking our trails? Heard a Coyote in the distance? Learn about the special wildlife and unique habitats in our community during free lectures cosponsored by Bloomfield Leisure Services.

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LaSalette Trail

This two-town east-west trail is the most ambitious trail-building project. This…

 

Beacon Hill Preserve

Recently donated hardwood uplands will connect to Reservoir #3 and provide views of Metacomet Ridge …

Lisa Lane Farm

One block from Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield’s most densely populated neighborhood sits Lisa Lane Farm with 10 acres…

 

Hawk Hill Farm

It took five grants to acquire this 45-acre farm (23 acres of prime soils) and then $54,000…

 

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WLT April Board Meeting

Date: April 21, 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. For everyone’s safety this meeting will be conducted virtually with access available online or by phone. Please contact us for details on how to attend.

Guided Trail Walk

Date: April 24, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Location: Hawk Hill Farm, 22 Duncaster Rd, Bloomfield

Join us for an approximately 2-mile tour of Wintonbury Land Trust’s Hawk Hill Farm to learn about champion trees, invasive plants, and local birds (binoculars are optional). Hawk Hill has one of the oldest continuously operating farms in Bloomfield, and its gently sloping farm roads lead to beautiful views of the Metacomet Range and Hartford skyline. Our guides will be:

  • Peter Picone, an urban wildlife biologist at the State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection,
  • Ron Pitz, former executive director of KNOX, and
  • Zellene Sandler, former president of the Hartford Audubon Society.

Meet by the red barn in advance to sign-in and be ready to begin at 1:00. For everyone’s safety, all participants must register in advance by April 21, wear a face mask, and maintain social distance between households. The rain date will be Sunday, April 25.

Logo for the Trees for Bloomfield campaignThis Earth Day event is hosted by Wintonbury Land Trust and co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Beautification Committee and Bloomfield Conservation, Energy & Environment Committee as part of the Town’s Trees for Bloomfield initiative.

Enhancing Meadows for Biological Diversity

Date: May 5, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Graphic logo for the 2021 nature lecture series cosponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services and the Wintonbury Land TrustHealthy meadows provide critical habitats for all-important pollinators and other wildlife, and every small space of meadow – including your yard – helps! In this free webinar, learn how various species interact in meadows, how they are influenced by environmental and human factors, and how we can create and enhance healthy meadows.

Peter Picone will share his experience in boosting our landscapes with native plants that attract and benefit wildlife, including beautiful slides and videos of native plant and wildlife interactions. He is a Wildlife Biologist in the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and has been working in the field of wildlife habitat enhancement for over 30 years.

The Nature Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services. They will host this as a free Zoom webinar. No user account is required, just a device with a web browser. We need to send you a login password though, so definitely register for free as soon as possible.

WLT May Board Meeting

Date: May 12, 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. For everyone’s safety this meeting will be conducted virtually with access available online or by phone. Please contact us for details on how to attend.

Organic Gardening for Everyone

Date: June 2, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Graphic logo for the 2021 nature lecture series cosponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services and the Wintonbury Land TrustGardeners of all ages and physical condition can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers organically! Naturalist John Root will provide inspiration and practical advice for composting and mulching for healthy soil, inviting beneficial wildlife, controlling weeds and pests naturally, preserving homegrown produce, and more. He’ll include time for questions and recommend additional resources for further learning.

John studied biology and botany and now is an organic landscaping professional certified by the Northeast Organic Farming Association, teaching gardening and nature programs throughout New England. He also leads edible wild plant walks in Massachusetts and promotes creating pollinator habitat on public and private land through the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network.

The Nature Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services. They will host this as a free Zoom webinar. No user account is required, just a device with a web browser. We need to send you a login password though, so definitely register for free as soon as possible.

Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Start date: June 8, 2021

End date: June 17, 2021

Location: Online

This annual event from our partner, the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, is the state’s largest land conservation gathering. Workshops and networking provide learning opportunities for everyone interested in how state and local policy, management practices, and partnerships are protecting natural resources and fighting climate change for the benefit of all peoples in all communities. This year’s conference will be held virtually on June 8, 10, 15, and 17. Visit the website for more details as they become available.

WLT Annual Meeting

Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: TBD

Save the (tentative) date! Wintonbury Land Trust’s annual membership meeting is an opportunity to reconnect, learn more about our recent work and future plans, and elect members to the board of directors. More info to come.

Songbirds of the Northeast

Date: July 7, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Graphic logo for the 2021 nature lecture series cosponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services and the Wintonbury Land TrustThrough colorful photographs and exceptional sound recordings, the birds in our backyards will vividly come alive in naturalist John Root’s online presentation. We’ll explore the role of song in these birds’ lives and learn about their diet, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival. He also will share practical tips for attracting songbirds to our backyards and answer our questions.

John teaches nature and gardening programs throughout New England, including edible wild plant walks in Massachusetts and how to create pollinator habitats. He studied biology and botany and is an organic landscaping professional certified by the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

The Nature Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services. They will host this as a free Zoom webinar. No user account is required, just a device with a web browser. We need to send you a login password though, so definitely register for free as soon as possible.

WLT July Board Meeting

Date: July 14, 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. For everyone’s safety this meeting will be conducted virtually with access available online or by phone. Please contact us for details on how to attend.

WLT August Board Meeting

Date: August 11, 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. For everyone’s safety this meeting will be conducted virtually with access available online or by phone. Please contact us for details on how to attend.

Topics of Interest:

Our 2020 annual meeting photo slide show.

Created by Hartford Art School Civic Design class members Paulina Modestow, Darcy Peterson, and Emma Schroh and presented at our 2019 annual meeting.

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