Events Archive

Seabury Wildwoods Walk

Date: June 5, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Seabury Drive, Bloomfield

Join the Seabury Trails Committee for a guided nature walk in the Seabury Wildwoods, a mostly oak forest rich in wildflowers and birdsong.  April features Dwarf Ginseng, Spotted Wintergreen, and Marsh Marigolds. May brings Violets, Maple Leaf Viburnum, and Trout Lilies. By June we have Laurel, Carolina Rose, Wood Anemone, and Indian Pipes. The feathered chorus includes Red Bellied, Downy, Hairy, and – if we’re lucky – Pileated Woodpeckers. The 2 mile loop is flat, and leashed dogs are permitted. When entering Seabury Drive, stay to the left around the main building to the gazebo and gardens at the top of the hill parking lot.

Connecticut Trails Day logoThe event is one of many in Bloomfield and around the state that are part of Connecticut Trails Day. Thousands of people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and interests come together with a simple, common purpose: to celebrate the many hiking, biking, paddling, letterboxing, and equestrian experiences Connecticut’s many trails have to offer! To find inspiration for your next hikes, visit Connecticut Trails Day.

Penwood Park Hike

Date: June 4, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Stout Family Fields, Stone Hill Road, Bloomfield

Come explore Penwood State Park atop the Metacomet Ridge. Our hike will begin and end at the Land Trust’s Stout Family Fields, which provides an alternate entrance to the State Park from the end of Stone Hill Road. We’ll enter Penwood to visit Lake Louise and the Pinnacle and take some of the lesser-known trails to and from the notch between Bloomfield and Simsbury. The 4.5 mile loop is moderate with a few hills, and leashed dogs are permitted. The rain date is Sunday, June 5.

Connecticut Trails Day logoThe event is one of many in Bloomfield and around the state that are part of Connecticut Trails Day. Thousands of people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and interests come together with a simple, common purpose: to celebrate the many hiking, biking, paddling, letterboxing, and equestrian experiences Connecticut’s many trails have to offer! To find inspiration for your next hikes, visit Connecticut Trails Day.

WLT May Board Meeting

Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomfield Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and you’re welcome to attend to learn more about Land Trust activities or get involved. We meet at Bloomfield’s Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center or via Zoom when needed. Please contact us for details on how to attend this month.

Bats of Connecticut

Date: May 4, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Logo for 2022 Nature Lecture Series by Bloomfield Leisure Services and Wintonbury Land TrustUpdate: A recording of Richard’s presentation can be found on the Land Trust’s YouTube Channel. Also he and Dr. Devaughn Fraser of CT DEEP’s Wildlife Division provided detailed notes from the question-and-answer session with links to additional resources.

The webinar ended with a Question & Answer session. Richard Taylor, Master Wildlife Conservationist, and Dr. Devaughn Fraser, CT DEEP Wildlife Division, provided the following notes from that session with more detailed answers and links to additional references

Bats are one of the world’s most beneficial – and misunderstood – animals. There are over 1,300 different Bat species, 9 that can be found in Connecticut, of which 8 are at risk! Our webinar with Richard Taylor will explore their economic value, migration and hibernation, decline and disease. He also will answer your questions and share what the public can do to help.

Richard is a former human resources executive with a passion for education and continuous learning, and a lifelong interest in fishing and wildlife. In retirement he combined them to become a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist who presents education programs about wildlife for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

The Nature Lecture Series is co-sponsored with the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services, who will host the webinar. You may participate on any internet-connected device with a web browser. Please register for free at left to receive login details in advance.

Stewardship Work Party – Still Road Preserve

Date: April 30, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wintonbury Land Trust and West Hartford Land Trust have adjacent preserves on Still Road and are planning a trail to traverse both properties. This “spring cleaning” work party will pick up roadside litter and trim branches along the existing trail. Contact us for details if you are able to participate.

WLT April Board Meeting

Date: April 27, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: TBD

(Rescheduled) The Board of Directors meets monthly, and you’re welcome to attend to learn more about Land Trust activities or get involved. We meet at Bloomfield’s Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center or via Zoom when needed. Please contact us for details on how to attend this month.

Earth Day Guided Trail Walk

Date: April 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Hawk Hill Farm, 22 Duncaster Rd, Bloomfield

Logo for the Trees for Bloomfield campaignCelebrate Earth Day with a free tour of our Hawk Hill Farm. The Land Trust and its partners preserved Hawk Hill Farm because it is 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 DEEP urban wildlife biologist Peter Picone, former Knox Foundation director Ron Pitz, and Hartford Audubon Society member Zellene Sandler. They’ll help us learn about champion trees on the historic property, volunteer efforts to manage invasive plants, and local birds that can be spotted on the farm’s pond, meadows, and forest.

Please RSVP in advance to help us manage the group size. COVID-19 safety procedures will be in place, so please wear a mask. Binoculars are optional. The rain date is Sunday, April 24.

This event is co-sponsored by the North Central Conservation District and is part of the Town of Bloomfield’s Trees for Bloomfield initiative.

Picture of guides leading a group along the farm road

The Importance of Bees

Date: April 6, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Logo for 2022 Nature Lecture Series by Bloomfield Leisure Services and Wintonbury Land TrustUpdate: A recording of Mark’s presentation can be found on the Land Trust’s YouTube Channel.

Honey Bees pollinate more than 100 crops in North America that account for approximately one-third of our food! Yet pesticides used by homeowners and farmers are among many stressors threatening commercially managed and wild colonies. Mark Creighton’s webinar will discuss the important ecological role of Honey Bees, how they differ from related insects in your yard, and what researchers are learning about their decline.

Mark first began beekeeping on his family’s New Hampshire farm and after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard became a Master Beekeeper. In 2012 he became the State Apiary Inspector at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, responsible for licensing honeybee apiaries and monitoring the health of Connecticut’s bees. He is a frequent speaker who the Connecticut Beekeepers Association recognized as Beekeeper of the Year in 2014.

The Nature Lecture Series is co-sponsored with the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services, who will host the webinar. You may participate on any internet-connected device with a web browser. Please register for free at left to receive login details in advance.

WLT March Board Meeting

Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: TBD

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and you’re welcome to attend to learn more about Land Trust activities or get involved. We meet at Bloomfield’s Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center or via Zoom when needed. Please contact us for details on how to attend this month.

Eager Beavers

Date: March 2, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Location: Online Webinar

Logo for 2022 Nature Lecture Series by Bloomfield Leisure Services and Wintonbury Land TrustUpdate: A recording of Ginny’s presentation can be found on the Land Trust’s YouTube Channel, along with a brief BBC Earth video of beavers in action.

Do you wonder why Beavers are called eager, or why they gnaw trees to build their dams? Ginny Apple will answer these questions – and your questions – in our webinar about Beaver behavior and history. She also will discuss the unique role of nature’s engineers in shaping North American landscapes and helping us fight water pollution, erosion, and maybe even climate change.

Ginny is a communications professional who hikes, climbs, kayaks, skis, and pokes her way through the outdoors with a passion for all things natural. She volunteers for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection as a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist and serves on the boards of the Farmington River Watershed Association and Friends of Connecticut State Parks, to name just a few.

The Nature Lecture Series is co-sponsored with the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services, who will host the webinar. You may participate on any internet-connected device with a web browser. Please register for free at left to receive login details in advance.

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