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Deep River Land Trust Trail Tuesdays

Its Back! Beginning May 10th, 2022 and will run weekly through the summer and into the fall until we’re limited by dusk. Weather related cancellations will be posted on DRLT social media

This season our focus will be the completion of the trail between the DRLT’s Rattling Valley Ridge Sanctuary on Essex St and our Florence Bidwell Sanctuary on Rattling Valley Rd. Work last year focused on clearing the trail corridor with a bit of tread work, this year we’ll be reversing that and focusing on treadwork.

This event is open to all, although minors must be accompanied by a guardian. No experience is necessary for this moderately strenuous work. DRLT will provide on the job training and tools. You’ll need to bring water, snack, weather appropriate clothing, gloves and insect repellent. Not sure if this is for you or not? Come out and give it a try and find out for sure!

Where: Meet at the Nature Conservancy canoe launch at Pratt Cove on Essex St in Deep River

When: 6:15 pm on Tuesdays

What: Moderately strenuous trail construction

Who: You!

Robert Butterworth, DRLT Chief Trail Steward

Spring 2022

Annual Meeting – Friday, May 27 from 5:00-8pm at the Deep River Historical Society’s Carriage House

Start your weekend off right! Join us for light snacks and beverages. Our own Janet R. Stone, U.S. Geological Survey, Emeritus will present a compelling talk about Deep River’s exciting geology.

CT Trails Day – Saturday June 4 from 9am-11am at Canfield Woods.

We are teaming up with Deep River’s Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission! Come explore Deep River’s section of our town’s largest conservation area. Space is limited, so please register soon. Here are the details:

https://trailsday.org/events/canfield-woods-geology-and-wetlands/

Hike & Hang Out! Saturday, June 18

Hike! with us at our Union Street Preserve. The walk will begin at 1:00. The hike is relatively easy and about 0.4 mile round trip. Bring water, bug spray, face mask and wear suitable footwear. Rain or shine.”

Hang Out! Join us on after the hike at DRLT Board of Director Patrick Liddle’s pollinator garden. He will offer a tour and answer any questions you may have.

Earth Day Clean-Up and Site Restoration

Volunteer with DRLT to celebrate earth day working as a community to better the Smythe Sanctuary. Invasives need to be removed, new plants need room to grow, litter needs to be removed. Supplies will be provided by the land trust but feel free to bring your own from home. Educational information will be accessible on the surrounding habitat!

April 23, 2022 at 1:00pm

 Parking lot adjacent Pratt Cove Kayak launch/ Essex St. bridge

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Welcome Back Ospreys

DRLT invites you to welcome back the Pratt Cove Ospreys. Every year, these fish-eating raptors return to our area in mid to late March. We hope they will utilize our newly erected nesting Platform located at the Smythe Sanctuary. Board member and bird expert John Cunningham will highlight the natural history of this unique bird of prey and point out other birds in the area as well. Be prepared to walk short distances on fairly level but possibly wet trails. Binoculars and spotting scopes recommended (a limited number of binos will be made available on a first come first serve basis)

Saturday, April 2, 9-11 am

 Parking lot adjacent Pratt Cove Kayak launch/ Essex St. bridge

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Waterfowl Walk

DRLT invites you to join board member and expert birder John Cunningham for a “waterfowl watch” at our Smythe Sanctuary. The freshwater tidelands of Pratt Cove offer excellent stop- over habitat for many species wintering and migrating ducks, geese and swans. We scan for other avian wetland species as well. Be prepared to walk short distances on fairly level but possibly wet trails. Binoculars and spotting scopes recommended (a limited number of binos will be made available on a first come first serve basis)

Saturday, March 5 9-11 am

 Parking lot adjacent Pratt Cove Kayak launch/ Essex St. bridge

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Pre-2022 Event Information

Annual Meeting Friday, June 18, 2021, 5:00 pm

MY SECRET LEDGE: A PRESENTATION BY CHRISTINE WOODSIDE
Christine is a writer specializing in environmental history and personal adventure narrative. She is also the editor of Appalachia journal. She has lived in Deep River since 1992 and now calls it her home landscape. Her article “My Secret Ledge” is from Estuary Magazine, March 24, 2021. On June 18 th she will talk about that essay and what led up to it, and why people have to name natural places — what that says about us, a little bit. She will talk about the difference between telling people where we’ve gone in the woods and keeping our destination secret.
“ When I go there now, two or three times every week, I walk to the end of one road and trudge up a broken old woods road into the state forest. I step over ruts, where puddles linger long and narrow in dirt bike tracks. All around, rock ledges left from the last glacial retreat rise up. Boulders are my favorite aspect of Connecticut. They have sat there for about 25,000 years. They seem to wait for that time when the rounds of storms and temperature will heave them up again….
That’s where I am in spring 2021. My ledge has helped me change. Daily I think about happy and beautiful things, cling to routine, do work I love, feel thankful for health, work, money, food, family, and friends. We are handling it. But when it comes time to get outside, I go most often to the quiet places and especially that big rock.”

Hike & Hang out @ High Nine

Hang Out! Join us on Sunday, May 23 at High Nine from 3-6 pm. We will offer maps of our properties, answer any questions you may have about what we do, where to take hikes, how to volunteer and more.

Hike! with us to our Union Street Preserve followed by hanging out at High Nine.You can bring snacks to enjoy at the brewery. The walk will begin from the Deep River Library Parking lot on Village Street meet there at 2:45 so we can start the walk to our Union Street Preserve right at 3. The hike is relatively easy and about 0.4 mile round trip. Bring water, bug spray, face mask and wear suitable footwear. Rain or shine.”

Come and explore with us!

Spring:

  • April 24th Earth Day Clean Up of Pratt Cove
  • May 8th Welcome Back Songbirds and Warblers at Lyons

 THE DEEP RIVER LAND TRUST cordially invites you to a

                      Bird Walk focused on Warblers and other spring migrants

After wintering far to the South, many warblers, vireos, kinglets and other songbirds can be observed in our local area during the month of May. We will explore the avian life on both the Deep River Land Trust’s George C Lyon Preserve and the adjoining Essex Land Trust’s Woodja Hill Preserve.

Join expert birder John Cunningham, as we walk a moderately easy ½  mile trail that takes us through a variety of habitats including, an old field, a cedar grove, red maple – swamp and upland oak forests, where we will listen and search for both migrant and resident species. Based on their colorful plumage and active behavior, Roger Tory Peterson “coined” the wood warblers as the butterflies of the North American bird world.  We will focus especially on listening and looking for these small but uniquely beautiful birds.

WHEN?  Saturday, May 8, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  

WHERE?  Meet at the Woodja Hill Preserve Parking Area off Oxbow Lane (Essex) – Left Turn off Oxbow Lane near the end of the lane. 

Oxbow Lane (runs West to East) intersects Meadow Woods Road (runs North to South). a Meadow Woods connects River Road (Deep River) and Book Hill Road (Essex).  There is limited parking so if possible, please carpool.

 WHAT TO BRING: Masks (required), Binoculars and Bird Guides helpful (a limited number of each will be available), and appropriate footwear for walking over uneven and wet terrain is recommended

RESTROOM FACILITIES? None available

                                                    THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

If possible, please RSVP by contacting John Cunningham by email jandrewcunningham@gmail.com or by texting at 860 575 2588

Summer:

  • Educational Walk and Talk Hosted By Board Members

Fall: 

  • Educational Walk and Talk Hosted By Board Members

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