Our hike will start at the parking lot in the 473 acre Northwest Park, 145 Lang Road, Windsor. We’ll walk to the Wetland Forest Trail and pick up the side of the horseshoe that runs closer to Rainbow Reservoir. It connects to the Rainbow Reservoir Trail which we’ll follow to a junction with the Triassic Trail after which the Woody Succession Trail comes in almost immediately. Woody Succession leads to the Softwood Forest Trail that we will follow to the side of the Wetland Forest Trail horseshoe away from the water. It will take us back to the parking lot.
This hike is mostly flat with a few gentle ups and downs. The footing is good, with a few roots and other toe catchers so you do need to watch your feet. We’ll be walking about 5 miles in two hours. If you want a much shorter walk, you could simply follow the Wetland Forest Trail for its whole route. According to the park map, it is a mile and a quarter. Only distance makes this hike “moderate” rather than easy.
There are a couple of opportunities for views of Rainbow Reservoir, our route goes around a wetland and over a few bridges. The woods is mostly oak with evergreens in the “softwood” section. Here is a link to the park map: you will be able to see the planned loop. http://northwestpark.org/wordpress/?page_id=251. If you have questions, call Don or Sally on their cell phone at 860-604-5522.
Join the SLT for a Green Scene Documentary Film. Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.
Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.
Don’t miss the SLT Annual Dinner – good food, great company! This one is for the birds…with guest speaker Jay Kaplan talking about Farmington Valley birds and habitats. More to 200 bird species have been found in the Farmington Valley area. This impressive number of species is due, in large part, to the diverse habitats found in Simsbury and surrounding Valley towns. In this power point presentation, Jay Kaplan will provide information on Simsbury's habitat diversity, as well as discussion about some of the species, both common and unusual, that can be found in our area.
Jay Kaplan has been the director of Roaring Brook Nature Center since 1975. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has a graduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a past president of the Hartford Audubon Society and the Connecticut Ornithological Association and remains active with both organizations. He serves as the compiler for the annual Hartford Christmas and Summer Bird Counts and is the longtime Chair of the COA's Avian Records Committee. In his spare time, he currently serves as co-president of the Canton Land Conservation Trust and is a member of Canton's Conservation Commission. In his free time, prefers to wander around the Farmington Valley area, including SLT properties, surveying birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies.
The cost for members, including sit-down dinner, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and dessert is $60, non-members $65. Tables of 8, 10 or 12 are available. Menu to be announced. To reserve your table or purchase tickets contact Amy Zeiner, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details on the website by mid-February – www.simsburylandtrust.org.
Don’t miss our first ever bird house contest and auction. Be watching for additional details! Want to decorate a bird house? Members may take one and decorate to participate in our bird house decorating contest and auction. All bird houses must be returned and become property of the SLT. They will be auctioned at the Annual Membership Dinner. Contact Amy Zeiner at email@example.com if you are interested.
On Monday, April 17th, the Town of Simsbury, the Simsbury Land Trust, the Canton Land Conservation Trust and the Farmington River Watershed Association are co-hosting an event titled “The Future of Our Forests: Stewarding Our Lands Thoughtfully.” It will be held in the Program Room at the Simsbury Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT. A light supper will be available at 6:00 PM with the Program starting at 7:00 PM.
The Farmington Valley and surrounding area has rich forest resources – contributing to our clean air and water, biodiversity and quality of life – as well as tourism and recreation. Many stakeholders and invested and interested in the future of our forests: additional land trusts and organizations are expected to attend and the public of all ages is welcome.
This Regional Forum will feature a presentation by Dr. Edward Faison, Senior Ecologist from Highstead, a regional organization in Redding, CT dedicated to forest research and long term monitoring. Dr. Faison will present information on how municipalities and land trusts can establish a landscape and historical approach to stewarding our protected preserves and better understand How, When and Why we should monitor and manage our forests.
Questions and RSVP’s (requested by April 10th) to Helen Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org.