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and Wildlife
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Annual Meeting 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Our annual meeting will highlight last year’s accomplishments, review this year’s priorities, and honor our volunteers. Current members also will elect directors to the board.

This year we’ll meet online. For details on how to participate and materials shared during the meeting:

Event Details & Annual Report

Thank You!

Support the People Who Support Us

As we adjust to new circumstances one thing hasn’t changed: the steadfast and generous support the Land Trust receives from the community. Our new “Acknowledgements” page links to this year’s major event sponsors, business donors, and in-kind contributors. Please support them as they work to address this pandemic!

Acknowledgements

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Almost all operational funding comes from our members; grants don’t buy insurance or copy paper.

Donate

Donate

Nearly $200,000 from generous individual donors has made possible the acquisition of our Land Trust properties.

Volunteer

Volunteer

We welcome help with a variety of activities. We are an all-volunteer organization, and we need you!

Our Projects

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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Calendar

Guided Hawk Hill Walk

Date: July 11, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Hawk Hill Farm, 22 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield

Join Peter Picone and Ron Pitz for a guided tour of Hawk Hill Farm’s beautiful, gently sloping trails. Peter is an urban wildlife biologist at the State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, and Ron is the former executive director of Knox Foundation (and regular volunteer at Hawk Hill). They will discuss the property’s many champion trees, native plants, and efforts to identify and control invasive plants.

The walk will be approximately 1 mile. Please expect to practice “social distancing” even as we come together to learn more about this site. Heavy rain cancels. (Co-sponsored by the North Central Conservation District, and rescheduled from their April 25 plant sale weekend.)

Meadow and dirt road at Hawk Hill Farm

WLT Board Meeting

Date: August 12, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Conference Call

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to attend to learn about the Land Trust’s properties and activities. For the health and safety of participants, this month’s meeting will be conducted by conference call. Please contact us for details about participating.

WLT Board Meeting

Date: September 9, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Conference Call

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to attend to learn about the Land Trust’s properties and activities. For the health and safety of participants, this month’s meeting will be conducted by conference call. Please contact us for details about participating.

WLT 5th Annual WINE & DINE – Rescheduled

Date: September 26, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: To be announced

Our 5th annual Wine & Dine for for the health and safety of our guests becomes:  A TAKE-OUT HARVEST DINNER from our farms to you on Saturday, September 26…More details to come! 

Eat Well & Do Good!

 

  • “Meet and Greet” your neighbors and community at the picturesque Wintonbury Hills Golf Course for tasty appetizers, a glass of wine and friendly conversation.
  • Then join other guests for a home-cooked dinner in an intimate group setting at one of our many hosts’ homes in Bloomfield.
  • Enjoy old-fashioned conversation over dinner while getting to know folks around the table.
  • Dress: “Informal chic.”
  • DEADLINE TO BUY TICKETS: Friday, September 10, 2020.
Make a Reservation

Tickets are $85 as a member or $95 as a nonmember (become a member and save $10). Your reservation includes a reception with appetizers and prosecco, a sumptuous meal with wine and dessert in a private home, and the warm feeling you’ll get doing something good for your community — helping Wintonbury Land Trust protect our natural resources, farmlands, and wildlife corridors while connecting people with nature. It’s a win-win for everybody! Reservations accepted on a first come, first served basis. Deadline is September 10.


Where Does the Money Go? 

Wine & Dine is Wintonbury Land Trust’s major annual fundraising event, contributing over $36,250 to our work in the past four years! Last year’s event enabled our 501(c)3, all-volunteer nonprofit to:

Maintain our pastures, fields, and meadows:

Advance the mission of Hawk Hill Farm:

  • Purchased parts to repair a donated tractor. This will enable WLT to do some of the mowing and trail maintenance with volunteers at a reduced expense,

Fund educational outreach events:

  • Presented Monarch Butterfly Habitats lecture at WLT annual meeting at the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm.
  • Co-sponsored with Bloomfield Leisure & Senior Services Departments a Black Bears in CT lecture. (Over 100 people attended!)
  • Conducted nature hikes on CT Trails Day.
  • Organized annual Over the Mountain Hike with co-sponsors Simsbury Land Trust and Town of Bloomfield.

Fund annual operations:

  • Paid for insurance, supplies, website maintenance, postage, and unexpected stewardship expenses such as the complicated removal of barbed wire fence from WLT’s Van Otterloo Preserve.

Please join us in connecting people with nature and protecting our community’s natural resources, farmlands, and wildlife corridors:

WLT Board Meeting

Date: October 14, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Seabury Life Community, Bloomfield

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. Please contact us with questions about attending. Enter Seabury Life via Door 18 and go to the Clock Room on Level 5.

WLT Board Meeting

Date: November 11, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Seabury Life Community, Bloomfield

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. Please contact us with questions about attending. Enter Seabury Life via Door 18 and go to the Clock Room on Level 5.

WLT Board Meeting

Date: December 9, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Seabury Life Community, Bloomfield

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and members are welcome to learn more about your land trust by attending. Please contact us with questions about attending. Enter Seabury Life via Door 18 and go to the Clock Room on Level 5.

Topics of Interest:

“Help Us Draw the Line,” presented at our 2019 annual membership meeting. Created by Hartford Art School Civic Design class members Paulina Modestow, Darcy Peterson, and Emma Schroh.

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