Our February Hike (or potential snowshoe outing) will be at the SLT’s Wagner Woods property. Meet at the Hall Farm parking area on Old Farms Rd. The hike will be a loop of about three miles through part of the farm, into the woods and through the meadow. Those who are interested and comfortable with the footing can take a short side trip down to Hop Brook. The terrain is quite flat, with only gentle slopes and no rocks to clamber over. Adventurous hikes are suitable for warmer, less slippery weather! Wear warm clothing and bring water and a snack if desired. For more description of Wagner Woods, see the Land Trust website at https://simsburylandtrust.org/site/?page_id=500
People on the Simsbury Hikers e-mail list should watch for an update e-mail the morning of the hike if there are any changes. To be added to the SLT Hikers list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for a film screening and discussion for the documentary Forgotten Farms. "New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. Forgotten Farms give us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find a common ground. A truly sustainable food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers."
The film’s producers and area dairy farmers will join us for the screening and lead a discussion after the film. This is free event thanks to the sponsorship of the Granby Land Trust, Friends of Holcomb Farm, and Simsbury Land Trust.
To receive the most up-to-date information about the Hiking Club Hikes and any last minute changes or additions please add your email to the SLT Hikers list by emailing Don and Sally at email@example.com.
Join us for First Flight, a documentary film about hummingbirds! “One of nature’s smallest birds, a Black-chinned Hummingbird, built her nest on a backyard clothesline in Las Vegas, NV. The clothesline belonged to a team of documentary filmmakers, Noriko and Don Carroll, authors of the highly acclaimed book, First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story. This enchanting and remarkably detailed nature film reveals the tireless efforts of the mother, who the Carrolls call Honey. As she furbishes her tiny nest with delicate spider webs and soft plant fibers to prepare for arrival of her eggs, the Carrolls record her every move.”
“Stunning close-up photography brings you into the nest as the hatchlings emerge from their shells. As small as two plump little raisins, the chicks are named Ray and Zen. A dedicated mom, Honey courageously fights off predators, nurturing and feeding her helpless chicks as they begin to grow into beautiful young hummingbirds.”
Don’t miss this wonderful program, Birding 101 presented by Chris and Diane Fisher. This program is aimed at people who enjoy looking at birds and helps them consider what steps they might take to become slightly more serious birders. However the program will include quite a bit of bird photography and will also be enjoyable to those who are already experienced birders, as well as those who just like to look at the pictures. Chris and Diane started birding with Roger Preston on Hartford Audubon Walks over 10 years ago and have gone on to bird all over the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. We know you will enjoy this show. Hope you can join us!
Save the date! Join us for a night of food and fun at our Annual Membership Dinner at The Riverview in Simsbury. Delicious food and fabulous company make our Annual Dinner a night you will not want to miss. More details on the menu will be announced as they become available.
This year our special guest speaker is Dan Jaffe of the New England Wild Flower Society, presenting a talk about How to Make Your Life Easier with Native Plants. Gardening can be difficult at times, whether you’re trying to landscape that area under the pine trees or grow the perfect tomato in a dry summer there are endless challenges to overcome. What if it were easy? What if there were plants that thrived under the pine trees without the need for constant attention. What if you could grow plants in all the difficult areas as well as the nice ones? What if you could grow edible, beautiful, ecologically beneficial plants that evolved to deal with any problems that the New England landscape throws your way? Join Dan Jaffe of the New England Wild Flower Society to learn How to Make Your Life Easier with Native Plants. Our speaker generously sponsored by Sky Investment Group.
The cost for hors d’oeuvres, dinner, open bar and dessert is only $60 for members, $65 for nonmembers. We hope to see you there! RSVP and purchase tickets online or watch for our mailer in February.
Join SLT Trustee (and Roaring Brook Nature Center Executive Director) Margery Winters for a talk about backyard gardening. In a talk titled Gardening for Wildlife you will learn how you can create a garden that brings birds, bees, butterflies, and frogs to your yard and that will help sustain our wild areas.
Take a hike on National Trails Day on this family friendly hike from Town Forest Park through the Tulmeadow Woodlot to Tulmeadow Farm. Details to be determined at a later date.
Seeds connect us to our past but also hold the keys for our future. Seeds come with stories to preserve our heritage and special memories. Seeds hold the promise of delicious meals we can share with our family and friends.
Join us for a talk on the 'Why” and the 'How” of seeds and seed-saving by expert Seed-keepers Lisa Bloodnick and Owen Taylor. Both are avid seed collectors working with seed catalogs like Baker Creek/Rare Seeds and seed conservancies to protect and expand the diversity and quality of available farm- and garden-seed stock. Lisa’s bean collection alone is upwards of 700 varieties! Lisa and Owen will bring samples of their seed collection to share with us and also bring tools of their trade. Won’t you come and learn how to be a seed-saver and help preserve the history, and improve the quality and the diversity in our food supply? Co-sponsored by the Simsbury Public Library and the Hartford-Area Bionutrient Food Association.
Registration required directly with the Simsbury Public Library.
Join popular lecturer and wildlife conservationist Paul Colburn as he talks about black bears, focusing on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. He also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population. Black bear artifacts are shared with the audience.
Paul Colburn is a graduate of the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) at the Connecticut DEEP and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC). MWCP is an adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. Paul is an active volunteer in many capacities statewide. His interests include the outdoors, nature, hiking, biking, politics, and travel. Paul graduated from Wesleyan University and served honorably in the United States Army.
Registration requested directly to the Simsbury Public Library