Upcoming Events at Sherwood Island State Park

From the Friends Newsletter:

Sunset lectures at the Nature Center

The Friends of Sherwood Island State Park are hosting a series of Thursday evening lectures on environmental topics at the Park’s Nature Center. The lectures, lemonade and cookies, and entrance to the park are all free.

August 26 at 6:30: Chris Cryder, Save the Sound

Long Island Sound: Restoring What Has Been Lost

The talk will cover current habitat restoration efforts to reverse salt marsh loss that has occurred over the past 100 years, progress made in removing blockages to river herring migration, and the current debate over shellfish restoration. It will touch on efforts to preserve high priority natural resource areas around the Sound, with a focus on the current push to preserve Plum Island. Save the Sound is part of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Website.

September 2 at 6:30: Jeannette Kielo Dussel

Wild Foods, superfoods, medicinal plants, and the Peruvian Amazon

Just back from a trip to the Peruvian rain forests, Dussel will show and tell about wild foods that contribute to the extraordinary health of the indigenous people, and about the meaning of sustainability in the region. Based in Southport, she is the founder of RawFlora Wild Food Journeys and a teacher in Qigong Energy Healing. Website.

September 9 at 6:00: Sally Harold, project director

The Saugatuck River Watershed Partnership

The Watershed covers over 57,000 acres in eleven municipalities. A major source of drinking water for Fairfield County, it also contains a rich diversity of healthy habitats supporting a variety of species. Through the Partnership’s efforts, the Nature Conservancy is working to restore and protect this ecological diversity. Harold will discuss some of its projects. She also assists the Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program and directs a four-state diadromous fish protection team. Website. Note earlier start time: 6:00.

Additional lectures will be announced.

The Sherwood Island Nature Center is a partnership between the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Located between the East Beach and the salt marsh nature trail, the Center is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10-4. Activities include nature walks, beach seining, and learning activities for kids.

For further information visit the Friends website (www.friendsofsherwoodisland.org) or email info@friendsofsherwoodisland.org.


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