Events Archive

Trails Day Seabury Wildwoods Walk

Date: June 5, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: Seabury Active Life Plan Community, Seabury Drive, Bloomfield

This 2-mile loop on the Wildwoods Trail at Seabury Active Life Plan Community offers the perfect Connecticut Trails Day walk for families, new hikers, and botany enthusiasts. Wide, flat paths pass among massive oaks and hemlocks, groves of juvenile pines, soft ferns, and open meadows with fledging birds and lovely wildflowers. Our guides will describe the area’s history, natural features, and the adventures of constructing numerous footbridges. To help maintain social distancing, group size will be limited and additional groups will be scheduled at 1:30 and 2:00 as needed. Preregistration is required, beginning May 20. Rain postpones to Sunday, June 6.

Trails Day Farmington River Hike

Date: June 5, 2021

Time: 9:00-11:00 am & 9:30-11:30 am

Location: Farmington River Park, Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield

On Connecticut Trails Day, join us for an easy, 2.5-mile hike along the scenic Farmington River in Bloomfield and Windsor, perfect for families and new hikers. We’ll visit the remains of glacial Lake Hitchcock and discuss long-term plans for the park. Preregistration is required, beginning May 20. To help maintain social distancing, we’ll be in two groups staggered to start at 9:00 and 9:30. When you register for the event, we’ll contact you with your start time. Leashed dogs permitted. Rain postpones to Sunday, June 6.

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.

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.

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.

Black Bears in Connecticut

Date: April 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 TrustWith a Facebook group dedicated just to sharing local sightings, Black Bears are a frequent topic of conversation locally and statewide. Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn’s free webinar will present an overview of Black Bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research along with recommendations for learning to co-exist with them safely. Paul is an avid outdoorsman, Wesleyan University graduate, and veteran of the United States Army.

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.

Coyotes in Connecticut

Date: March 3, 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 TrustOn March 3, 97 people attended another entertaining and educational talk in the Nature Lecture Series co-sponsored by the Town of Bloomfield’s Leisure Services and the Wintonbury Land Trust.

Paul Colburn, a Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Bureau of Natural Resources Wildlife Division Master Wildlife Conservationist, shared his in-depth knowledge of the history, habitat and habits of the Eastern Coyote.

According to Paul, the coyote suffers from lots of myths. Ask anyone what they think of coyotes, and you’re likely to get one of two replies: they’re dangerous or they’re a nuisance. Admittedly, the coyote does have a shady reputation as a chicken coop-robbing, fawn-killing, garbage-eating, pet-snatching scoundrel (think Road Runner and Wiley Coyote cartoons) and as something to get rid of. In 10 year period from 1947-56, approximately 6.5 million coyotes were exterminated. Now about one per minute or 500,000 per year are killed, aided by U.S. Fish & Wildlife efforts to eradicate them to protect livestock. Despite all this, coyotes continue to thrive and have expanded their reach through process called dispersal.

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Speer Preserve Winter Hike

Date: February 20, 2021

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Speer Preserve, Juniper Road, Bloomfield

Updated: We had snow! A small group of intrepid explorers donned snow shoes to enjoy the wooded winter wonderland under the sun. Photo credits: Paula Jones.

Join us for a free winter outing at the Land Trust’s Speer Preserve. This upland forest surrounded by open land and MDC Reservoir property is more reminiscent of winter in the Vermont woods than just minutes from the city. (Photo credit Dale Bertoldi.)

The route is easy-to-moderate and will last 1.5-2.0 hours. Please come with snowshoes if we have snow, waterproof hiking boots if not, and seasonal outdoor clothing. Wearing a face mask is required, and maintaining social distance is expected.

Come early, ready to be on the trail at 9:30 a.m. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the top of Juniper Road in Bloomfield. Rain date is Sunday, February 21.

Photograph of a small group of hikers with snow shoes and dog walking in the woods of Speer Preserve on a sunny day.   Photograph of a small group of hikers walking on a snow-covered path in the woods of Speer Preserve with snow shoes.

White-Tailed Deer in Connecticut

Date: February 3, 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 TrustUpdated: Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn’s knowledge of and appreciation for the majestic White-Tailed Deer who share our neighborhoods was evident throughout this incredibly informative webinar. Acknowledging the frustration many feel as deer devour our plants and decimate our vegetable gardens, Paul began by asking, “What we can do to coexist?” But before answering, he taught us about our neighbors:

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Bobcats – CT’s Secretive Wild Cats

Date: January 6, 2021

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Logo for 2021 nature lecture series co-sponsored by the Town of Bloomfield Leisure Services and the Wintonbury Land TrustUpdated: Approximately 166 attendees tuned-in to master wildlife conservationist Paul Colburn’s presentation on the bobcat’s natural history in Connecticut. Even if you thought you knew everything about bobcats, Paul quickly demonstrated how much more there was to learn and what researchers still are learning about this amazing cat.

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