The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted to they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry. NOTE: Camping and camp fires are not permitted […]

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22nd Annual Environmental Day Camp for Kids!

The Branford Land Trust will hold its 22nd Annual Hands-on Environmental Day Camp on Monday, August 14, 2017. This camp, for children ages 5-9, is held at the Killam’s Point Conference Center in Branford. The event includes activities, presentations and games that help kids learn about such things as tide pools, woodland habitats, wildlife rehabilitation, […]

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On June 29, 21 volunteers from Forma Therapeutics (35 NE Industrial Rd, Branford) helped a Branford Land Trust morning work-party clear invasive shrubs and saplings from the edges of the Van Wie Preserve field. We deeply appreciate their efforts, lending muscle and a financial contribution to help the BLT protect and manage precious open space […]

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Spotted: American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus A large, boldly patterned bird, the American Oystercatcher is conspicuous along ocean shores and salt marshes. True to its name, it is specialized in feeding on bivalves (oysters, clams, and mussels) and uses its brightly colored bill to get at them. (Click here to learn more.) These photos were taken by […]

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Final 2017 Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

This report covers the two week period from 5/24 until 6/06. The week ending 5/30 saw a very respectable 316 fish making their way into the Supply Ponds – our third highest weekly total of the season. This pushed our seasonal total to over 3,000 river herring going up the fishway. For the week ending […]

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See you at Stony Creek Brewery!

TUESDAYS IN JUNE! June 13, June 20, June 27 • 5PM – Close Stop by the Stony Creek Brewery Tuesday nights in June and help support the BLT! Have a beer, meet some BLT volunteers, and enjoy the evening knowing that $1 from every pint sold will be donated to the Branford Land Trust.

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Horseshoe Crabs at Killam’s Point

Saturday, June 10 HORSESHOE CRABS AT KILLAM’S POINT Led by Martha Rice, 12:30 – 2:30pm. Horseshoe crabs may be our oldest and best friends. Come learn about the research program under way and help measure and tag some of these fascinating creatures. The event, co-sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church […]

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50th Anniversary Kick-Off Events!

Celebrating 50 years of protecting Branford’s open space and natural resources, the Branford Land Trust kicks off a year-long celebration with the following June events:   Saturday, June 3 CT TRAILS DAY HIKE: STONY CREEK QUARRY PRESERVE Walk the trails of the Stony Creek Quarry and Red Hill Woods Preserves in the heart of nearly […]

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May 23: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

This report covers the two week period from 5/10 until 5/22. The week ending 5/16 was a very light week – only 13 fish made their way into the Supply Ponds, and it looked like the alewife run might be done for the year. However, the following week saw a respectable surge of 230 fish […]

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Climate Change Expert to Speak at BLT Annual Meeting

Climate Change in the American Mind “A pervasive sense up to now has been that climate change is distant — distant in time, and distant in space…and what we’re now beginning to see is that it’s not so distant. It’s not just future generations. It’s us and it’s our own children.” — Anthony Leiserowitz A kick-off […]

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May 9: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The fish counter continues to register alewives making their way up the Supply Ponds fishway with 102 additional fish being counted for the week ending 5/9/2015. Based on alewife runs in previous years, we might be approaching the end of this season’s run. The next few weeks should see a decrease in the number of […]

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Look! Up in the Sky!

Fifty-four birds were sighted during this weekend’s two bird walks led by Chris Woerner and Martha Rice. Here is an accounting… SPECIES OF BIRDS RECORDED: 54 American Crow American Goldfinch American Robin Barn Swallow Black Capped Chickadee Blue Grey Gnatcatcher Blue Jay Canada Goose Carolina Wren Catbird Chimney Swift Chipping Sparrow Common Grackle Common Tern […]

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May 2: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The fish counter continues to register alewives making their way up the Supply Ponds fishway. For the week ending May 2, the counter indicated that an additional 669 fish made their way into the Supply Ponds for spawning. We are currently over 2,500 alewives for the season – a substantial increase over the totals seen […]

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April 18 & 25: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

Combined Report for April 18 and April 25, 2017 by John Watson

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Nature Explorer: Spring Bird Walks!

Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8, 8:30am Naturalist Chris Woerner leads our annual bird walks along the Trolley Trail and into the Vedder property. Come to one OR both! Meet in Stony Creek at the far end of West Point Road at the ball field across from the Willoughby Wallace Library. Expect moderate terrain, […]

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Photo Gallery: QU Big Event 2017

Additional photos of the Quinnipiac University Big Event 2017 by Chad Lyons. Visit our Facebook page to see these and more images.

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Photos: QU Big Event 2017

Coordinators of the Quinnipiac University Big Event 2017 on April 8th came to the aid of the Branford Land Trust with an enormous act of community service. Organizer History Professor Michael Chiarappa and 45 QU student volunteers joined more than a dozen BLT members for a morning of hand-carrying lumber for a new “bog walk” […]

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BLT’s April Lecture: A Place Called Hope

Join the Branford Land Trust for a close-up view of live birds of prey during a presentation by A Place Called Hope on Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford. Meet two daytime hunters and two nighttime hunters in person, then learn each bird’s story of survival and ways to […]

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April 12: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

by John Watson The warm weather seems to finally here, and so are the alewives. The fish counter reported a total of only 95 fish as of April 11. This number puts us well below the totals reported for this time in 2016 and 2015. We’ll see what continued warm weather brings. There was an […]

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Annual Branford River & Town Clean Up

Saturday, April 15, 8:00am Join us on Saturday, April 15 for the annual Branford River and Town Clean-up Day (rain date April 22). Sign in at the Green starting at 8am and pick a site to work. Collected trash and debris (not your household trash!) can be dropped off at the Green until noon. Please […]

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BLT Begins Construction of Red Hill Woods Preserve Bog Walk

One of the reasons the Land Trust was so excited to acquire its new Red Hill Woods Preserve is the presence of a 3-to-4-acre tussock sedge-red maple floodplain along the two small streams that run across the Preserve. This area is different from most fresh water wetlands in Branford, which are typically densely wooded with […]

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BLT Guidelines for Off-Road Bicycle Use

As the last reminders of winter fade from our local trails, it’s a good time remind you of guidelines for use of BLT properties. This year, the BLT has adopted a formal policy for off-road bicycle use as follows: Bicyclists are welcome to ride the trails on most BLT properties if they follow these guidelines: […]

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Long Island Sound’s Lobster: Not Peasants’ Food, Not Fine Art, and Not Endangered

WINTER SPRING LECTURE SERIES Other than that it tastes delicious with butter, what do you know about the knobbily-armoured, scarlet creature staring back at you from your fancy dinner plate? From ocean to stock pot, there are two sides to every animal story, including the lobster. Learn more from former fishmonger and commercial lobsterman Richard J. […]

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Trees in Winter at Killam’s Point

Can you identify a tree by its shape and bark? On Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 – 3:30pm, come explore Killam’s Point in winter and find out how to tell a maple from a beech or an elm or an oak. Guided by local naturalist Lauren Brown, learn about the great variety of trees in […]

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LEARN: What is the Long Island Sound Blue Plan?

WINTER/SPRING LECTURE SERIES: February 22 What is the Long Island Sound Blue Plan? Find out at the Branford Land Trust’s February Lecture to be held on Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford. Nathan Frohling, Director of the CT Coastal and Marine Initiatives at The Nature Conservancy, and Brian Thompson, […]

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Animal Tracking Class: March 4

Who goes there? Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during the an Animal Tracking classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program from 9:30 to 11am on Saturday, March 4. This fun and interesting class will be led by naturalists Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner […]

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Who goes there? Winter Animal Tracking Classes

Saturday, January 28 and Saturday, February 25 Who goes there? Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during the two Animal Tracking classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program from 9:30 to 11am on Saturday, January 28 and Saturday, February 25. These fun and interesting […]

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Branford Land Trust Responds to Medlyn Farms

Dear Members and Friends of the Branford Land Trust: Jay Medlyn has filed a lawsuit against the Branford Land Trust (BLT) concerning removal of an earthen berm that was part of a tidal gate system servicing Jarvis Creek. Mr. Medlyn claims that the removal of the berm has created salt water flooding problems on his […]

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Hot off the press! December BLT Newsletter

Watch your mailbox, or click on the link below, for our December newsletter featuring: Update on the Red Hill Woods & Spectacle Island Campaign Branford Community Foundation Grant A Unique Wedding Gift Trailblazer Trails to Tavern Event First Congregational Church of Branford Partnership What’s Happening on Our Trails Plus a chance to learn about trail […]

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Trailblazer/Denali Event Raises Over $600 for Red Hill Woods

On November 3, a Trail to Tavern event hosted by Branford’s Trailblazer/Denali raised over $600 to benefit the preservation of Red Hill Woods, a fundraising effort by the Branford Land Trust. More than 50 people came out for the evening which included a hike at Red Hill Woods, led by BLT members Bill Horne and […]

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Annual Pre-Thanksgiving walk at Van Wie Woods

Join the Land Trust on Sunday, November 20 at 1:00 PM for this traditional pre-Thanksgiving walk at Van Wie Woods. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and refreshing fall weather with friends and family.   We’ll meet at the trailhead at 87 Red Hill Road. Directions: From Exit 56 on I-95, go […]

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Trail to Tavern Event to Benefit BLT

Join the Branford Land Trust for a special Trail to Tavern event hosted by Trailblazer/Denali on Thursday, November 3, starting with an optional 5pm hike at the Red Hill Woods preserve, and a wine tasting provided by Votto Vines of Hamden from 6-8pm. This great night out, sponsored by Toad&Co, is open to the public […]

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Tag Sale to Benefit BLT

Long-time BLT advisor Maryanne Hall has generously offered to donate all proceeds from her tag sale to the Branford Land Trust. Saturday, October 29 10:00am – 2:00pm 25 Summer Island Rd., Branford Featuring antiques, collectibles and interesting “stuff.” All income that day will go to the Branford Land Trust. Rain or shine. Directions: Linden Ave. […]

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Don’t Miss This Weekend’s Fall Foliage Walk!

On Saturday, October 22 at 10am, enjoy a guided trail walk through the autumn woods at Killam’s Point’s. In this final program in a series co-sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford, local naturalist Martha Rice leads a walk through Killam’s Point rich habitat. The event is free and […]

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A Trip To Our Rocky And Stony Past At Branford’s Hoadley Creek

by Peter Marteka, Nature’s Path & Way To Go, Hartford Courant A few years ago, I visited Ledyard’s Glacial Park, probably the state’s best example of a moraine field left by the retreating glacier 13,000 years ago. It’s a forest filled with thousands of boulders of all shapes and sizes — a viewing portal to […]

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Killam’s Point Fall Foliage Walk

On Saturday, October 22 at 10am, enjoy a guided trail walk through the autumn woods at Killam’s Point’s. In this final program in a series co-sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford, local naturalist Martha Rice leads a walk through Killam’s Point rich habitat. The event is free and […]

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Don’t Miss a Chance to Explore Red Hill Woods!

The final public walk at Red Hill Woods is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 at 10am. Don’t miss this chance to explore the crown of a 950-acre open space preserve located in the Hoadley Creek Watershed. The walk begins is approximately one mile in length, and will take about one hour. Walkers should expect moderate […]

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September 10: Discover Red Hill Woods

CURIOUS ABOUT RED HILL WOODS? Check out this video from the Hartford Courant, then plan to walk with us on Saturday, September 10 at 10am. • VIDEO: Branford Land Trust’s Red Hill Preserve The walk is approximately one mile in length, and will take about one hour. Walkers should expect moderate terrain, with some sloping […]

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August 27: Killam’s Point Shore Birds

Shore birds’ migration begins early with the many species moving to their winter homes. Have you ever heard an oyster catcher laugh? An osprey shriek? Seen an eagle snag a bunker? Watched the dabbling and diving ducks eat lunch? Join us on Saturday, August 27 at 10am for this exciting new Killam’s Point event led […]

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August 27: Red Hill Woods Nature Walk

Join us this Saturday, August 27 to discover Red Hill Woods, the crown of a 950-acre open space preserve located in the Hoadley Creek Watershed. The walk begins at 10am, is approximately one mile in length, and will take about one hour. Walkers should expect moderate terrain, with some sloping trails and inclines. Bring water. […]

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Branford’s Red Hill Woods From Selectman’s Stones To Indian Ledges

by Peter Marteka, Hartford Courant, Nature’s Path & Way To Go (August 20, 2016) A pile of rocks along the trails of Branford’s Red Hill Woods tells a story of long-ago border patrols along the Guilford line. The rocks have various years etched into them, some dating back to the late 1800s, denoting the times […]

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Preserving Spectacle Island Memories

Branford resident Eric Johansson loved the outdoors! When he wasn’t out in his boat fishing, he was working at Vail Ski Resort, spending his free time skiing. But, summer was his favorite time of year. At the age of 10, Eric bought a boat with his own money. He took and passed the Connecticut boating […]

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Wanna get your hands dirty?

Branford Land Trust Work Parties offer a chance to get to know our properties, to do some good outdoor work, and to spend a little time with some great people. If you have school age kids, this is a chance for them to pick up some community service credits. Call Bill Horne (203-488-6146) for more […]

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BLT Environmental Day Camp for Kids!

Registration is still open for the Branford Land Trust’s 21th Annual Environmental Day Camp to be held on Monday, August 22 at Killam’s Point Conference Center in Branford. Children ages 5-9 can enjoy hands-on activities, including touch tanks, woodland and Long Island Sound exploration, nature crafts, and more. The day will run from approximately 9:00 […]

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Red Hill Woods Nature Walk: This Weekend!

Join us this Saturday, August 6 to discover Red Hill Woods, the crown of a 950-acre open space preserve located in the Hoadley Creek Watershed. The walk begins at 10am, is approximately one mile in length, and will take about one hour. Walkers should expect moderate terrain, with some sloping trails and inclines. Bring water. […]

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August Walks at Red Hill Woods

Red Hill Woods is the crown of a 950-acre open space preserve located in the Hoadley Creek Watershed. Come walk this spectacular property with us on a series of walks: PUBLIC WALKS Saturday, August 6, 10am Saturday, August 27, 10am Saturday, September 10, 10am Saturday, September 24, 10am The walks are approximately one mile in […]

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Walk Red Hill Woods This Weekend!

Red Hill Woods is the crown of a 950-acre open space preserve located in the Hoadley Creek Watershed. Come walk this spectacular property with us this weekend, Saturday, July 23 at 10am. UPCOMING PUBLIC WALKS Saturday, July 23, 10am Saturday, August 6, 10am Saturday, August 27, 10am Saturday, September 10, 10am Saturday, September 24, 10am […]

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Red Hill Woods: Public Walks

Red Hill Woods is the crown of a 950-acre open space preserve located in the Hoadley Creek Watershed. Come walk this spectacular property with us on a series of walks: PUBLIC WALKS Saturday, July 23, 10am Saturday, August 6, 10am Saturday, August 27, 10am Saturday, September 10, 10am Saturday, September 24, 10am The walks are […]

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Help Us Preserve Red Hill Woods & Spectacle Island

RED HILL WOODS is a stunning 29-acre parcel at the end of Red Hill Road, just north of 950 acres of protected open space protected by the Branford Land Trust, the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, and the Town of Branford. SPECTACLE ISLAND, just a half mile offshore from Indian Neck, is a bare granite outcrop […]

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Saturday: Our Useful Neighbors, The Horseshoe Crabs

Learn about “Our Useful Neighbors, The Horseshoe Crabs” as part of an outdoor nature series co-sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford to be held on Saturday, June 25, 3:30pm at Killam’s Point in Branford. In this second program of the series, local naturalist Martha Rice leads a walk […]

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Environmental Day Camp for Kids!

Monday, August 22, 9am-4pm at Killam’s Point Conference Center The Branford Land Trust is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual hands-on Environmental Day Camp will be held on Monday, August 22. Children ages 5-9 will enjoy hands-on activities, including touch tanks, woodland and Long Island Sound exploration, nature crafts, and more. The day will […]

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Our Useful Neighbors, The Horseshoe Crabs

Learn about “Our Useful Neighbors, The Horseshoe Crabs” as part of an outdoor nature series co-sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford to be held on Saturday, June 25, 3:30pm at Killam’s Point in Branford. In this second program of the series, local naturalist Martha Rice leads a walk […]

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May 31: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The 2016 alewife run at the Supply Ponds is officially over. We passed a respectable 1,514 fish this year – the highest number since 2011. As you can see in the second chart, the alewife total has been rather low since 2011 (the counter as broken in 2010 and did not give reliable data). It […]

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May 29: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

After last weeks’ impressive run of alewives, the count took a bit of a nosedive this week – only 81 fish were counted going up the fishway. DEEP reports that in Connecticut’s tributaries all river herring are now blueback herring. So we may well be witnessing the end of this year’s run. However, the weather […]

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Celebrate Connecticut Trails Day with the Branford Land Trust!

Saturday, June 4 is Connecticut Trails Day, and the Branford Land Trust has two family hikes planned. Both events are free and open to the public. We hope you’ll join us. CT TRAILS DAY HIKE: HAMMER WOODLANDS & SLINEY FAMILY PROPERTY Saturday, June 4, 9:30am – 11:00am The 26-acre Hammer Woodlands and Sliney Family Property […]

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May 17: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

What a little warm weather will do! The Supply Ponds fishway recorded 680 fish last week – nearly equal to all the fish counted in the preceding five weeks! In, fact, with this week’s run, our total-to-date of 1,433 fish has now surpassed the 2014’s total for the entire season. Elsewhere in the state, the […]

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Donate Now: Red Hill Woods & Spectacle Island

In the coming months, you’ll be hearing about two properties that will allow the Branford Land Trust to continue its mission of protecting our town’s natural beauty. RED HILL WOODS is a stunning 29-acre parcel at the end of Red Hill Road, just north of 950 acres of protected open space protected by the Branford […]

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Branford Land Trust Lecture & Annual Meeting

The Branford Land Trust’s Annual Meeting, held at 7pm on Wednesday, May 25 at the Blackstone Memorial Library, will feature a brief business meeting and a presentation on “Sex and the Suburban Frog” by guest speaker David K. Skelly, director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology […]

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Dedication of the Peter H. Borgemeister Memorial Trail

The Branford Land Trust is pleased to announce the dedication of the Peter H. Borgemeister Memorial Trail, located in the Hoadley Creek Preserve on the eastern side of Branford. Peter was a leader in woodland and wetlands conservation who was instrumental in the preservation of Beacon Hill and several parcels that make up the Hoadley […]

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May 21: Spring Trail Workshop

CFPA Spring Trail Workshop Saturday, May 21 from 9am – 3:30pm Van Wie Woods A rare opportunity to learn trail design and maintenance techniques from the professionals at Connecticut Forests and Parks – right here on our Van Wie Preserve on Red Hill Rd in Branford. The Branford Land Trust and the Town Parks & […]

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May 21: Open House at Supply Ponds Fishway

The Branford Land Trust is hosting an Open House at the Supply Ponds Fishway on Saturday, May 21, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM, in honor of World Fish Migration Day. This Open House will be one of thousands going on around the world and will help educate Branfordites about the benefits of migratory corridors for […]

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May 10: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The 2016 alewife run is continuing with 126 fish counted in the past week. This brings our 2016 season-to-date total to 753. If the trend keeps up for another week or two, we could double last year’s total. Click here for the full report. Don’t forget – World Fish Migration Day is May 21! This […]

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Discover Killam’s Point!

An Outdoor Nature Series Co-Sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford The Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford are co-sponsoring a series of programs on Killam’s Point this year, launching this weekend: Saturday, May 14, 10:00am NATURAL HISTORY OF KILLAM’S POINT Led by Martha Rice. […]

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May 3: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

This year’s alewife run got off to a bit of slow start with no fish reported until April 12. Now, about a month later, we have already surpassed last year’s total! There were 211 fish counted at the fishway last week, bringing the season-to-date total to 627. We shall see what the next few weeks […]

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Nature Explorer: Wildflower Walk

May 7 Nature Explorer: Wildflower Walk Saturday, 1:00pm Join Sam Saulys, an avid and expert botanist, as she walks on the Van Wie Preserve to see and identify spring wildflowers. Meet at the trailhead at 87 Red Hill Rd. Expect moderate terrain, with sloping trails and inclines, and rocky underfooting. Bring water. Walking sticks welcome. […]

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Nature Explorer: Spring Bird Walks

May 7 & May 8 Nature Explorer: Spring Bird Walks Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am Chris Woerner leads our annual bird walks along the Trolley Trail and into the Vedder property. Come to one OR both! Meet in Stony Creek at the far end of West Point Rd., across from the Willoughby Wallace Library. Expect moderate […]

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CT Council on Environmental Quality Annual Report

The Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality recently released its 2015 annual report on the state of the Connecticut environment. The CEQ is an independent nine-member board that assesses Connecticut’s environmental condition, advises state agencies on the environmental impacts of proposed construction projects, and investigates complaints of environmental law violations. The CEQ also makes recommendations for […]

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April 26: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The alewife run is continuing with 170 fish counted last week, bring the year-to-date total to 416, almost exactly the same number as last year at this time. Alewife numbers are somewhat low statewide. DEEP suggests that even though river temperatures are warming, water levels remain low, discouraging fish migration. This does not seem to […]

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April 20: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The alewives are continuing to climb the fishway, with 30 more fish counted last week! This keeps on a par with last year’s count, but still well behind that of 2014. Branford is not unusual, and alewife numbers around the state are still pretty low. Water temperatures remain rather low for this time of year, and […]

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Join Us for These May Events!

May 7 & May 8 Nature Explorer: Spring Bird Walks Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am Chris Woerner leads our annual bird walks along the Trolley Trail and into the Vedder property. Come to one OR both! Meet in Stony Creek at the far end of West Point Rd., across from the Willoughby Wallace Library. Expect moderate […]

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Don’t Miss Wednesday’s Lecture: How to Watch Birds

Do you know how to watch birds? How to really watch and enjoy our local bird population? Then be sure to come to the Branford Land Trust’s April lecture “How to Watch Birds,” an illustrated and animated presentation by artist and naturalist Robert Braunfield on Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and […]

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April 12: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The warm weather seems to finally be here, and so are the alewives! The fish counter reported a total of 216 fish as of April 12 (there was no fish report the preceding week). This number puts us on a par with last year’s total at this time, although we are still well behind 2014’s […]

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APRIL LECTURE: “How to Watch Birds” with Popular Artist & Naturalist Robert Braunfield

Do you know how to watch birds? How to really watch and enjoy our local bird population? Then be sure to come to the Branford Land Trust’s April lecture “How to Watch Birds,” an illustrated and animated presentation by artist and naturalist Robert Braunfield on Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and […]

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March 29: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

The fish counter has been installed at the Supply Ponds, but as of March 29, no fish have passed through. The continued cold water temperatures have presumably kept the fish away. Most locations in Connecticut are reporting no fish as well. (See this week’s Fish Report) While we wait for the alewives to return, you […]

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March 23: Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report

Spring arrived on March 20th and the DEEP has resumed its weekly fish reports (Fish Report 3/23/16). However, the cold weather (snow on the first day of spring!) has meant cold water temperatures and a lack of migrating alewives. The fish counter at the Supply Ponds has not yet been installed and so no fish […]

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Don’t Miss: Horseshoe Crabs and Project Limulus

Don’t miss the Branford Land Trust’s third Winter/Spring Lecture “Horseshoe Crabs and Project Limulus,” presented by Sacred Heart University staff on Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St, Branford. Come learn about the importance of horseshoe […]

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BLT LECTURE: Horseshoe Crabs and Project Limulus

Don’t miss the Branford Land Trust’s third Winter/Spring Lecture “Horseshoe Crabs and Project Limulus,” presented by Sacred Heart University staff on Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St, Branford. Come learn about the importance of horseshoe […]

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Going for a Hike? Let’s Bring the Dog!

With spring at our doorstep, we’re all looking forward to being outside more often, especially with our four-legged friends who love the warmer weather as much as we do! Here’s an article from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection that talks about best practices to follow when taking your dog out for a […]

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Don’t Miss This Weekend’s Animal Tracking Class!

Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during the next Animal Tracking Classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program from 9:30 to 11am on Saturday, February 27. The class will be led by Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner at the Lake Saltonstall preserve. We’ll hope […]

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Don’t Miss “Saving the Sound,” Wednesday Night

Did you know that Branford has two beaches ranking among the worst 10% around the Sound? Learn what you can do to create change at the Branford Land Trust’s February lecture “Saving the Sound, From Your Beach to the Ecosystem,” with Curt Johnson on Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open […]

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Updating Branford Land Trust’s Actions Related to the Costco Application for an Inland Wetlands Permit

Van Wie Pond, Fall 2014 The second session of the Inland Wetlands Commission public hearing on the proposed 44-acre retail development near Exit 56 was held on February 11, 2016. In January, the Land Trust had petitioned to be granted intervenor status in the proceeding to better ensure that the ponds and wetlands on the […]

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LEARN MORE ABOUT: Sea Level Rise

Did you know that the Greenland ice sheet is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet? The Greenland ice sheet is approximately 1,500 miles long and 680 miles wide, with a thickness of 1.2 – 1.9 miles. If all the freshwater ice trapped in the Greenland ice sheet were […]

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February Animal Tracking Class

Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during the next Animal Tracking Classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program from 9:30 to 11am on Saturday, February 27. The class will be led by Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner at the Lake Saltonstall preserve. We’ll hope […]

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BLT Lecture: Saving the Sound

Did you know that Branford has two beaches ranking among the worst 10% around the Sound? Learn what you can do to create change at the Branford Land Trust’s February lecture “Saving the Sound, From Your Beach to the Ecosystem,” with Curt Johnson on Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open […]

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Connecticut Audubon Society Osprey Monitoring Project

The Branford Land Trust is mobilizing for the 2016 Osprey breeding season. The once critically endangered Osprey will be returning from their South American wintering grounds in March. On Tuesday, January 22, the BLT Osprey Team met with members of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society to discuss preparations for repairing and enhancing existing platforms and recruiting […]

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BLT Lecture: “Butterflies and Their Garden” with John Himmelman

Join the Branford Land Trust for the first of its Winter/Spring Lecture Series, “Butterflies and Their Garden,” with naturalist, artist and writer John Himmelman on Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St, Branford. Highlighted by a […]

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Winter Animal Tracking Classes

PLEASE NOTE THE JANUARY CLASS HAS BEEN MOVED TO JANUARY 24. Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during two upcoming Animal Tracking Classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program from 9:30 to 11 am on January 24 and February 27. The classes will be […]

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Thank You for Your Continued Support!

Dear Friends, In our correspondence with you, we often refer to our mission statement: “The mission of the Branford Land Trust is to preserve open space in Branford, and to promote our community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features.” It appears on our website, and is printed on our newsletter and letterhead. But what does […]

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Annual New Year’s Day Walk: Short Beach Preserve

Start your New Year by walking out of doors! We’ll walk the Short Beach Preserve on Friday, January 1 at 1:00PM. This walk, led by Meg Kilgore, is open to all ages and free of charge. Meet at the end of Midwood Road, which runs off of Shore Drive in Short Beach. The walk begins […]

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Shop Amazon: Support the BLT!

It’s a win-win situation. You SHOP and you DONATE to the Branford Land Trust…all with one click of a button! Sign up today to participate in the AmazonSmile program. Designate the BLT as your chosen charitable organization, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to us. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know […]

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See You Sunday for the Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve

Join us on Sunday at 1:00 PM for our Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve, led by Bill Horne and Matt Reed. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the refreshing fall weather! Meet at the trailhead at 87 Red Hill Road. Directions: From Exit 56 on I-95, go south […]

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Branford Coastal Resilience Plan

On Wednesday evening, November 18, the Town will hold the first public meeting to discuss the creation of the “Branford Coastal Resilience Plan” for preparing Branford for the impacts of projected ongoing sea level rise and major storm events. The meeting will be held at Fire Headquarters, 45 North Main Street, and begins at 7:00 […]

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Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve

The Branford Land Trust’s NATURE EXPLORER PROGRAM is pleased to offer our Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve, led by Bill Horne and Matt Reed on Sunday, November 22 at 1:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the refreshing fall weather! Meet at the trailhead at 87 Red […]

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THIS WEEKEND: Fall Foliage Walk

Enjoy the fall colors as you walk around Young’s Pond and visit Bob’s Woods, which was acquired by the Branford Land Trust in 2004. Scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at 10AM, this popular Land Trust walk will be led by Truman Sherk, who is well versed on the history and botany of the property. Truman […]

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A Great Fall Walk!

It was a cool Sunday for October, around 45 degrees, but about 25 hearty wildflower enthusiasts came out to the Branford Land Trust’s Vedder Preserve for our Fall Flora Walk. Lauren Brown was able to point out flowers and foliage all along the trail, and we had another expert, Sam Saulys, who stayed in the […]

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THIS SUNDAY: Fall Flora Walk

Come walk the beautiful Vedder Property with Lauren Brown, a long-time Branford Land Trust member and botanist who really knows local plants and flowers. As a bonus, the view of the Thimbles from the summit is spectacular! The walk will be held on Sunday, October 18 at 2PM. We’ll meet on Pleasant Point Road, just […]

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Fall Flora Walk with Lauren Brown

Come walk the beautiful Vedder Property with Lauren Brown, a long-time Branford Land Trust member and botanist who really knows local plants and flowers. As a bonus, the view of the Thimbles from the summit is spectacular! The walk will be held on Sunday, October 18 at 2PM. We’ll meet on Pleasant Point Road, just […]

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Fall Foliage Walk with Truman Sherk

Enjoy the fall colors as you walk around Young’s Pond and visit Bob’s Woods, which was acquired by the Branford Land Trust in 2004. Scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at 10AM, this popular Land Trust walk will be led by Truman Sherk, who is well versed on the history and botany of the property. Truman […]

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Fall Bird Walk Rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, the Fall Bird Walk for Beginners has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 4 at 9 a.m. Click here for more information about the event, and directions.

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Fall Bird Walk for Beginners

THE BIRD WALK FOR SATURDAY HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 at 9AM Local bird watcher and Branford Land Trust member Meg Kilgore will lead a Fall Bird Walk for Beginners on Saturday, October 3 at 9 a.m. at the Branford Supply Ponds. Join us and learn some basics about bird watching and the […]

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Scenes from the 17th Annual Branford River Parade

Saturday, September 12th was a great day for kayakers and canoeists to venture down the Branford River for the 17th year as they paddled from Branford High School to the rock landing around from the Branford Point beach! There were 19 boats that made the whole trip, which takes about an hour and a half, […]

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Position Statement on Exit 56 Retail Development

The Branford Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect open space in Branford, and to promote our community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features. Founded in 1967, we currently own and manage about 900 acres of woodlands, old fields and farmland, ponds, streams, inland wetlands and salt marshes. Thousands of Branford residents have donated […]

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Don’t Miss the Boat Parade!

For the 17th year, kayakers and canoeists from Branford and surrounding communities will celebrate the joy of being out on the beautiful Branford River by paddling in a boat parade from behind the high school to Branford Point on Saturday, September 12.  Boaters should drop boats off behind Branford High School between 10:30-11:15 AM, driving […]

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Branford Land Trust Annual Branford River Parade

For the 17th year, kayakers and canoeists from Branford and surrounding communities will celebrate the joy of being out on the beautiful Branford River by paddling in a boat parade from behind the high school to Branford Point on Saturday, September 12.  Boaters should drop boats off behind Branford High School between 10:30-11:15 AM, driving […]

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Outer Island Science Workshop

The public is invited to a natural science workshop on Outer Island, a Unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday August 8 with a rain date of August from 9 AM  to 1 pm. Participants will count invasive  crabs, observe cormorants and shore birds, and seine for sea creatures that are part […]

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20th Annual Environmental Day Camp for Kids

Every summer for the past 20 years, the Branford Land Trust has sponsored an Environmental Day Camp for Kids. Since its inception, more than 800 children have participated in the camp, which gives kids ages 5-9 an opportunity to explore the natural wonders of Long Island Sound and its associated habitats. Held each summer at […]

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See you at the Branford Festival!

Stop by the Branford Land Trust booth at the Branford Festival this weekend! Check out our Trail Guide! Become a member and a volunteer! See live horseshoe crabs! Find out about Land Trust activities & more! See you at the Festival!

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Put on Your Explorer Hat: This Saturday!

Put on your explorer hat for this fun walk at the Supply Ponds with turtle and snake enthusiast Luis Moreira on Saturday, June 13 at 2:30 PM. Sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program, you’ll learn about local turtles and snakes and how to look for them right here in Branford. We will […]

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Nature Explorer Program: Turtles and Snakes Walk

Put on your explorer hat for this fun walk at the Supply Ponds with turtle and snake enthusiast Luis Moreira on Saturday, June 13 at 2:30 PM. Sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program, you’ll learn about local turtles and snakes and how to look for them right here in Branford. We will […]

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See You at Supply Ponds for CT Trails Day!

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 9:30AM Branford Supply Ponds Join the Branford Land Trust on Saturday, June 6 at 9:30 AM for a guided hike at the popular Supply Ponds. The walk will be 1.5 to 2 miles in length, 1.5 – 2 hrs duration. Terrain is generally rolling with a few short steeper sections. Suitable for […]

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Enjoy Connecticut Trails Day with the Branford Land Trust

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 9:30AM Branford Supply Ponds Join the Branford Land Trust on Saturday, June 6 at 9:30 AM for a guided hike at the popular Supply Ponds. The walk will be 1.5 to 2 miles in length, 1.5 – 2 hrs duration. Terrain is generally rolling with a few short steeper sections. Suitable for […]

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Branford High School Interns Assist the Land Trust with the Study of the Jarvis Creek Estuary

For the second year in a row, Branford High School seniors who share an interest in the outdoors and environmental issues are doing fulltime internships with the Branford Land Trust, learning about Branford’s open space and how the Branford Land Trust works to protect it for future generations. Zoë Smiarowski, Aaron Radulski and Leah Braley are working […]

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JB Sliney School Science Fair

The Branford Land Trust co-sponsored the JB Sliney School Science Fair on May 12, 2015 for the second year in a row. This year registration doubled from 30-60 children! The children proudly displayed their projects to judges, parents, teachers, and students. Projects included All About Ants, Discovering DNA, Solar Energy, Growing Crystals, Effects of Garlic […]

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BLT Environmental Day Camp for Kids!

July 23, 2015 or July 24, 2015 The Branford Land Trust is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Hands-on Environmental Day Camp. Children ages 5-9 will enjoy hands-on activities, including touch tanks, woodland and Long Island Sound exploration, live bird program with A Place Called Hope, interactive sea shantie music, a program by Curious Creatures, […]

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BLT Annual Meeting: This Tuesday!

Branford Land Trust Annual Meeting Featuring author Robert Tougias and The Quest for the Eastern Cougar Tuesday, May 19, 7:00PM Following a brief business meeting, nature author Robert Tougias will discuss the history and extirpation of the eastern cougar as outlined in his new book The Quest for the Eastern Cougar. Tougias is a nature […]

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BLT Annual Meeting: Next Week!

Branford Land Trust Annual Meeting Featuring author Robert Tougias and The Quest for the Eastern Cougar Tuesday, May 19, 7:00PM Following a brief business meeting, nature author Robert Tougias will discuss the history and extirpation of the eastern cougar as outlined in his new book The Quest for the Eastern Cougar. Tougias is a nature […]

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Two Great Bird Walks: This Weekend!

The Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program is hosting two spring bird walks this year, on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Local birder Chris Woerner will lead these popular walks along the Stony Creek Trolley Trail and into the Land Trust’s Vedder property. Chris will help us identify the […]

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Establishing Native Vegetation on Conserved Lands: Meadows, Shrublands & Woodlands

With Larry Weaner Friday, May 8 at 5:30 pm Yale Peabody Museum Free Admission Once land is legally preserved form development, how can it be affordably and easily managed for ecological services as well visual character? By integrating ecological restoration techniques with cultural landscape preferences, land stewards can ensure properties have tangible value to community […]

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Don’t Miss This Weekend’s Wildflower Walk!

On Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., Bill Horne will lead a Wildflower Walk to see and identify wildflowers and native plants on the lovely Bontatibus Property. Meet at the parking lot at 149 Northford Road. Take Mill Plain Road from East Main Street to the intersection with Queach Road (first stop sign, about 0.8 […]

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Spring Bird Walks!

The Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program is hosting two spring bird walks this year, on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Local birder Chris Woerner will lead these popular walks along the Stony Creek Trolley Trail and into the Land Trust’s Vedder property. Chris will help us identify the […]

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NATURE EXPLORER PROGRAM: Wildflower Walk

On Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., Bill Horne will lead a Wildflower Walk to see and identify wildflowers and native plants on the lovely Bontatibus Property. Meet at the parking lot at 149 Northford Road. Take Mill Plain Road from East Main Street to the intersection with Queach Road (first stop sign, about 0.8 […]

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Video: Visit Outer Island

Take a video tour of Outer Island, presented by the Friends of Outer Island, a unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, located in Long Island Sound off the coast of Stony Creek CT.

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Wednesday: Land Trust Lecture on Sea-level Rise

Join the Branford Land Trust for its April lecture, Sea-level Rise: Implications for Our Coastal Wetlands, on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Rising seas, caused in large part by climate change, pose both a threat and an opportunity for coastal wetlands. Shimon Anisfeld, a Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Research Scientist and […]

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Land Trust Lecture: Sea-level Rise: Implications for Our Coastal Wetlands

Join the Branford Land Trust for its April lecture, Sea-level Rise: Implications for Our Coastal Wetlands, on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Rising seas, caused in large part by climate change, pose both a threat and an opportunity for coastal wetlands. Shimon Anisfeld, a Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Research Scientist and […]

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Branford River and Town Clean-Up Day

Branford River and Town Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 11, 8:00 a.m. This Saturday is the annual Branford River and Town Clean-Up Day. Sign in at the Green starting at 8:00 am and pick a site to work. Collected trash and debris (not your household trash!) can be dropped off at the Green until noon. Please […]

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Coastal Gardening & Protecting the Long Island Sound

Judy Preston, certified Master Gardener and Connecticut Outreach Program Coordinator for the Long Island Sound Study, will present a talk How Plants Can Protect Long Island Sound at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Stony Creek on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. Learn how plants, including those in your home landscape, can help stem […]

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Don’t Miss Tonight’s Tick Talk

Join the Branford Land Trust for its third 2015 Winter/Spring Lecture as entomologist Kirby Stafford III presents FIGHT THE BITE: TICKS AND LYME DISEASE, on Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Did you know that tick-associated diseases are increasing? The Center for Disease Control estimates there are 300,000 cases of Lyme […]

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Important Call to Action!

March 23 – 25, 2015 Connecticut is in a budget crisis, and the General Assembly is considering cuts and legislation that will have lasting impacts on conservation efforts around the state: A complete sweep of the Community Investment Act over the next 2 years (plus an additional $10 million taken from existing open space funds) […]

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BLT Lecture: Fight the Bite – Ticks and Lyme Disease

Join the Branford Land Trust for its third 2015 Winter/Spring Lecture as entomologist Kirby Stafford III presents FIGHT THE BITE: TICKS AND LYME DISEASE, on Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Did you know that tick-associated diseases are increasing? The Center for Disease Control estimates there are 300,000 cases of Lyme […]

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Trailblazer and Patagonia Event Raises Money for Branford Land Trust

In November, more than 140 people attended a special PINTS TO PROTECT OUR LAND fundraiser to support the Branford Land Trust. Hosted by Trailblazer and Patagonia, the event raised close to $4,000. Special thanks to DuVig Brewery and G Café Bakery, both of Branford, for providing refreshments for the evening. The donation will be used […]

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This Wednesday: Creating Seasonal Habitat for Songbirds

Join the Branford Land Trust for its second 2015 Winter/Spring Lecture as DEEP Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone presents CREATING SEASONAL HABITAT FOR SONGBIRDS USING NATIVE PLANTS, on Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. A lifetime Connecticut native, Peter has been working as a wildlife biologist for over 25 years and will […]

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Don’t Miss This Weekend’s Animal Tracking Class!

Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during a Winter Animal Tracking Class sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program on Saturday, February 21 (9:30 – 11 a.m.). The class will be led by Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner at the Lake Saltonstall preserve. Lots of […]

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Lecture: Creating Seasonal Habitat for Songbirds Using Native Plants

Join the Branford Land Trust for its second 2015 Winter/Spring Lecture as DEEP Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone presents CREATING SEASONAL HABITAT FOR SONGBIRDS USING NATIVE PLANTS, on Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. A lifetime Connecticut native, Peter has been working as a wildlife biologist for over 25 years and will […]

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Branford Land Trust Winter Animal Tracking Class

Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during a Winter Animal Tracking Classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program on February 21 (9:30 – 11 a.m.). The class will be led by Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner at the Lake Saltonstall preserve. We’ll hope for […]

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Making A Place For Wildlife In Our Communities

The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public to a presentation and conversation on human responses to wildlife in urban and suburban settings, led by Liv Baker, PhD, a fellow at Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the […]

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TONIGHT! The Bear Reality

Join the Branford Land Trust for the first in our 2015 Winter/Spring Lecture Series, as Felicia Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and bear enthusiast, provides education about bears and helps dispel misunderstandings in THE BEAR REALITY, on Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Ortner, who has been involved in bear […]

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LECTURE: The Bear Reality with Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist Felicia Ortner

Join the Branford Land Trust for the first in our 2015 Winter/Spring Lecture Series, as Felicia Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and bear enthusiast, provides education about bears and helps dispel misunderstandings in THE BEAR REALITY, on Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Ortner, who has been involved in bear […]

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The Zielinski Farm

A person driving north on Brushy Plain Road might be forgiven for thinking that it’s just a long stretch of suburbia, with condominiums, houses, apartment buildings, a school and a small shopping plaza lining both sides of the road. Even Veterans Park seems more in keeping with a suburban landscape than with the farms that […]

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How Lucky We Are!

Article & Photos by Jonathan Katz The Mastic Trail bisects Grand Cayman, running a mere two miles north-south through the island’s interior dry forest. With a map and plenty of water I set out to walk it on a lovely February afternoon. It was about 85 degrees in the sun, and I expected to sweat. […]

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Winter Animal Tracking Class – This Saturday!

Learn to recognize animal footprints and other signs of their passage through the woods during two upcoming Animal Tracking Classes sponsored by the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program on January 10 and February 21 (9:30 – 11 a.m.). The classes will be led by Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner at the Lake Saltonstall preserve. […]

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Annual New Year’s Day Walk

Start your New Year by walking out-of-doors! Join the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program for a walk on the Stony Creek Trolley Trail, Thursday, January 1 at 1:00 p.m. Led by Bill Horne, it will begin at the western end of the Stony Creek Trolley Trail with a walk on the Goss property, and […]

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Videos Highlight Long Island Sound

FROM THE LONG ISLAND SOUND STUDY: The Long Island Sound coast has its share of highways and densely populated cities and towns. But there are also miles of beautiful seascapes and landscapes, including 33 coastal areas designated as Stewardship Areas by the Long Island Sound Study. In the summer and fall of 2014, Jack Silky, […]

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Supporting Your Land Trust

Make a Year-End Contribution Now! Branford Land Trust volunteers have been busy in 2014 carrying out the Land Trust’s mission to preserve Branford’s natural open space and to promote our communities appreciation of those important resources. Your generous support has made the success of our mission possible. We continued to protect additional properties, thanks to […]

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Branford Land Trust and coastal climate change

Coastal communities in Connecticut and elsewhere are considering how they can become more resilient to flooding from greenhouse gas-driven increases in sea level and predicted more frequent severe storms. Residents of the area around the Jarvis Creek marsh, between Stony Creek and the Guilford town line, are among those who are already experiencing some of […]

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THIS WEEKEND: Annual Walk at the Van Wie Preserve

The Branford Land Trust’s NATURE EXPLORER PROGRAM is pleased to offer our Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve, Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the refreshing fall weather! The walk will be led by Bill Horne and Ainsley Highman. Meet at the trailhead […]

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BLT work party at Zielinski Farm

On November 15, Amos Barnes, Clarice Begemann, Deb, Paul and Jonathan Bodner, Steve Gallicher, Bill Horne and Judy Miller cleared brush and vines from the edges of the field at the Zielinski Farm, BLT’s newest acquisition. Great progress was made restoring the view of the field from the road. Watch for more information about this […]

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Branford Land Trust Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve

The Branford Land Trust’s NATURE EXPLORER PROGRAM is pleased to offer our Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Walk at the Van Wie Preserve, Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the refreshing fall weather! The walk will be led by Bill Horne and Ainsley Highman. Meet at the trailhead […]

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Open House & Book Signing to Benefit Branford Land Trust

Join the Branford Land Trust on Saturday, November 15 for a book signing with local writer and BLT board member Jen Payne. Jen will be signing copies of her new book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness during an open house at the Land Trust House in Stony Creek from 2:00-5:00PM. Refreshments will […]

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Pints to Protect Our Land with Trailblazer, Patagonia and the Branford Land Trust

Help protect Branford’s natural resources at a special event hosted by Trailblazer and Patagonia on Thursday, November 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. PINTS TO PROTECT OUR LAND is a free event, open to the public. Grab a pint, take a spin on a prize wheel, or enter a drawing to win prizes. Enjoy beer […]

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Recent Land Trust Work Parties – Jennifer Heights Tract, Short Beach Preserve and Sybil Creek Preserve

Branford Land Trust volunteers have been busy on several preserves in the last three months. On August 16, Bob Baker, Fred Biamonte, Paul, Deb and Jonathan Bodner, Bill Horne, Mike McGuinness, Jane Ellen McSharry and Harry Merrick worked at Jennifer Heights, a highly visible small preserve on Short Beach Road across from the entrance to […]

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Fall Foliage Walk at Hammer & Sliney Properties

Join the Nature Explorer Program on Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM for this autumn walk. Enjoy the fall leaf colors on this walk and see partial remains of an icehouse on the Hammer property and the adjoining Sliney property, which was acquired by BLT in 2010. Walk leader Truman Sherk knows the history and botany […]

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New Way to Donate to BLT!

The Branford Land Trust is partnering up with AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support the BLT every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same prices, selection and shopping process as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of […]

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Fall Bird Walk at Branford Supply Ponds

Join the Nature Explorer Program for a Fall Bird Walk on Saturday, October 18, 8:00AM at Supply Ponds. Walk leader Paul Wolter is an avid birder who started birding as a teenager in England, and rekindled his interest after moving to Branford. He is a member of both the New Haven Bird Club and the […]

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Branford Land Trust Educational Retreat

On Saturday, October 4, 25 members of the Branford Land Trust Board of Directors and Advisory Board met for an all-day educational retreat. In the morning, former BLT president Bill Horne led the group on a 2-1/2 hour bus tour, highlighting Land Trust properties across town including the Short Beach Preserve, Sybil Creek Marsh, Jarvis […]

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Fall Foliage Walk at Hammer and Sliney Preserves

Join the Nature Explorer Program on Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM for this autumn walk. Enjoy the fall leaf colors on this walk and see partial remains of an icehouse on the Hammer property and the adjoining Sliney property, which was acquired by BLT in 2010. Walk leader Truman Sherk knows the history and botany […]

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Fall Bird Walk at Branford Supply Ponds

Join the Nature Explorer Program for a Fall Bird Walk on Saturday, October 18, 8:00AM at Supply Ponds. Walk leader Paul Wolter is an avid birder who started birding as a teenager in England, and rekindled his interest after moving to Branford. He is a member of both the New Haven Bird Club and the […]

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A Great Environmental Day Camp!

It was a beautiful day for the 19th Annual Branford Land Trust Environmental Day Camp, held on Monday, August 18. We had 32 campers and 20 volunteers. The kids enjoyed a live bird program and a puppet show, participated in a fun program by Curious Creatures, created fish prints, explored the woods and caves, and […]

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Join us for the Branford River Parade!

For the 16th year, kayakers and canoeists from Branford and surrounding communities will celebrate the joy of being out on our beautiful river by paddling in a large boat parade from behind the high school to Branford Point, Saturday, August 23. Boaters should plan on dropping their boats off behind the Branford High School between […]

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19th Annual Environmental Day Camp for Kids

The Branford Land Trust is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Hands-on Environmental Day Camp to be held on August 18 and August 19 at Killam’s Point Conference Center. Children ages 5-9 will enjoy hands-on activities, including touch tanks, woodland exploration, nature crafts, a presentation by Curious Creatures on reptiles and amphibians, a Birds of […]

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2014 National Land Conservation Conference

Join your fellow land conservationists at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Providence and experience the history and culture of Rhode Island’s capital city. With a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, a renowned restaurant scene and quick access to 400 miles of coastline, Providence is the perfect place to visit. CLICK HERE […]

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Land Trust Marks CT Trails Day

By Emma Zehner, Branford Eagle Truman Sherk (pictured), has been hiking the Branford trails for almost 45 years. Since he first started exploring, the trails have evolved and expanded as the Branford Land Trust (BLT) has continued to work with the town and other conservation groups to acquire open spaces. “I used to walk the […]

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Don’t Miss TERRA TRACTUS: The Earth Moves!

8 Shows – Thursday, Friday, Sunday June 19, 20, 22 and June 25-29 Projects for a New Millennium (Projects2k) presents the highly awaited Stony Creek Quarry Spectacle—TERRA TRACTUS: The Earth Moves—on Thursday, Friday, Sunday June 19th, 20th, 22nd (summer solstice weekend) and Wednesday-Sunday June 25th -29th ! The performance tells the story of the Quarry’s […]

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Come see us at the Branford Festival!

Stop by the Branford Land Trust booth at the Branford Festival this weekend! Check out our Trail Guide! Become a member! See live horseshoe crabs! Find out about Land Trust activities & more! See you at the Festival!

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Branford High School Intern Rob Hardy

I Pray, You Pray, We All Pray, for Osprey Branford Land Trust members, my name is Robert Hardy. I am a senior at BHS (Branford High School) who has been interning at the Branford Land Trust. As an intern at the BLT, one has to wear various hats concerning what your exact job is that […]

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Branford High School Intern Rachel Ingraham

Hi! My name is Rachel Ingraham and I am a graduating senior at Branford High School. At Branford High School, seniors have an option to take part in a full time internship for the month of May. The purpose of this internship is to give us a practical experience in an area of interest to […]

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A Perfect Day for Exploring the Pisgah Brook Preserve and Saltonstall Ridge

Saturday, June 7, the day of the Land Trust’s Connecticut Trails Day hike, was sunny with a gentle breeze and not hot or humid, a perfect day for a walk in the woods. Twenty folks, including co-leaders Bill Horne, Meg Kilgore, Bill Leece and Joan and Harry Merrick came from Branford, North Branford and Hamden […]

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Branford High School Interns Work with the Land Trust

During the month of May, Rachel Ingraham and Rob Hardy, two Branford High School seniors who share an interest in the outdoors and environmental issues, were fulltime interns with the Branford Land Trust, learning about Branford’s open space and how the Land Trust works to protect it for future generations. The interns visited and worked […]

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CT Trails Day Hike!

Dust off your favorite hiking shoes and grab your water bottle. The 22nd annual Connecticut Trails Day Weekend celebration is almost here! The 2014 festivities will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, as part of National Trails Day. Invite a friend to join in the fun and take part in one […]

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John B. Sliney Science Fair

On Monday, the Branford Land Trust co-sponsored the John B. Sliney Science Fair. Education and Community Outreach chairperson Martha Rice said, “The students did an excellent job and were so proud!” Some of the project titles were: “How Rivers Form,” “Tsunami,” “How Does a Hovercraft Work,” “How to Make an Egg Turn to Rubber,” and […]

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Bat Lady’s Message: Create A Bat House!

Article and Photos by Emma Zehner, Branford Eagle Reprinted with Permission What is intelligent, goofy, and fun to hang out with? According to Gerri Griswold, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, these words best describe a bat. Griswold, who oftentimes goes by the name “the bat lady,” has been working for 21 years to dispel any other […]

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June 7: Connecticut Trails Day Hike

Pisgah Brook & Saltonstall Ridge In celebration of Connecticut Trails Day, join the Branford Land Trust for a walk along Pisgah Brook and on Saltonstall Ridge, Saturday, June 7, from 9:30am-11:30am. We’ll travel 3.5 miles, led by Bill Horne. Wear good walking shoes and bring water to stay hydrated. Meet at the end of Laurel […]

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A Successful World Fish Migration Day Open House

The first annual World Fish Migration Day open house at the Supply Ponds fishway on May 24 was a great success. About fifty people from Branford, North Branford and Guilford stopped by to visit the fishway, learn about the Alewives and American Eels that migrate up Queach Brook and into the Supply Ponds each spring, […]

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Don’t Miss Our Annual Meeting with The Bat Lady!

Join the Branford Land Trust for its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Gerri Griswold, The Bat Lady, along with Karen Hannon of the Branford River Raptor Center, will present “Bats: Earth’s Allies,” an in-depth journey into the fascinating world of bats. Learn about where they live, their […]

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Branford Fishway Open House at Supply Ponds

May 24, 2014 is World Fish Migration Day. There will be events all over the world and The Nature Conservancy has teamed up with the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Princeton Hydro and other partners to sponsor events throughout Connecticut. The Branford Land Trust is a World Fish Migration Day partner, […]

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May 14 Fish Report

In its May 14 Fish Report, DEEP indicates that the Alewife migration is winding down across the state, and that numbers have been generally somewhat lower than in recent years. The number of fish climbing the Supply Ponds dam fishway dropped to about 100 for the week, giving a total to date of 1,395. Join […]

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Branford Land Trust Annual Meeting Featuring The Bat Lady

Join the Branford Land Trust for its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Gerri Griswold, The Bat Lady, along with Karen Hannon of the Branford River Raptor Center, will present “Bats: Earth’s Allies,” an in-depth journey into the fascinating world of bats. Learn about where they live, their […]

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Spring Bird Walks – This Weekend!

The Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program is pleased to present its annual spring bird walks with Chris Woerner along the Stony Creek Trolley Trail and into the BLT’s Vedder property on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11. Chris will help us identify the birds by sight and by call. It should be a […]

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May 6 Fish Report

The May 6 Fish Report shows that the Queach Brook migration is holding steady at 200-300 fish climbing the Supply Ponds dam fishway each week. Branford’s number last Tuesday was 1,291, more than double the numbers the previous two years. Statewide, numbers at most locations are lagging behind last year’s numbers, possibly due to colder […]

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The Lucy T. Hammer Woodlands: Recent Stewardship Activity and a Visitor

  The 26-acre Lucy T. Hammer Woodlands and the abutting 11-acre Sliney Family tract provide a lovely natural retreat near Branford’s town center.  On May 2, employees of ALCOA-Howmet spent a morning with the Land Trust’s Bill Horne and Chad Lyons doing some spring maintenance. They completed the clearing of brush and fallen branches along […]

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April 30 Fish Report

As of the April 30 Fish Report, the counter at the Supply Ponds dam fishway had logged 965 fish. With the exception of 2010, when the fishway passed 40,000 fish for the season, this is the highest count at this point in the run since the fishway opened in 2006. Steve Gephard, Supervisor of DEEP’s […]

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Nature Explorer Program: Spring Bird Walks

The Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program is pleased to present its annual spring bird walks with Chris Woerner along the Stony Creek Trolley Trail and into the BLT’s Vedder property on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11. Chris will help us identify the birds by sight and by call. It should be a […]

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Branford Celebrates World Fish Migration Day

May 24, 2014 is World Fish Migration Day. There will be events all over the world and The Nature Conservancy has teamed up with the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Princeton Hydro and other partners to sponsor events throughout Connecticut. The Branford Land Trust is a World Fish Migration Day partner. Watch […]

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April 22 fish report

The April 22 Fish Report shows that the alewife run in the Queach Brook and Branford River continues at a steady pace. It’s only about half way through the migration period and the fishway has already passed more fish than in either 2012 and 2013. If the strong flow of water over the dam is […]

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Don’t Miss the Wildflower Walk on April 26!

The Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program presents a WILDFLOWER WALK on the Van Wie Preserve on April 26. The event is free and open to the public. On Saturday, April 26, Sam Saulys, an avid and expert botanist, will lead a walk on the Van Wie Preserve to see and identify wildflowers in the […]

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A Great Start to Supply Ponds Alewife Run

The 2014 alewife run in the Queach Brook and Branford River is off to a great start! We have seen lots of fish at the fishway entrance even in the daytime and a good 490 fish, almost 90% of last year’s entire run, have been counted going into the Supply Ponds as of April 15. […]

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New Spring Lecture on April 23

Join the Branford Land Trust for its final Winter/Spring Lecture, “How to Use the Sweet Spots of the Earth, the Sea and Sky to Your Best Advantage” with author Mary O’Connor, to be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St., Branford, CT. The event is free […]

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Supply Pond Fishway Update – April 2014

After two disappointing years for the river herring run up Queach Brook from the Branford River into the Supply Ponds, early signs suggest that 2014 could be another banner year. On April 2, two days after five inches of rain sent a surge of water down Pisgah Brook into the Supply Ponds, visiting DEEP fisheries […]

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BRANFORD CLEAN-UP DAY Saturday, April 5

On April 5, join us for the annual Branford Clean-Up Day (rain date April 12). Volunteers will pick up litter and possibly larger debris from along the Branford River and the town’s roadways. Check in at the Green starting at 9:00 to choose the area you want to work or to be directed to locations […]

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Spring Events with the Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program

The Branford Land Trust presents two popular spring programs, a WILDFLOWER WALK on the Van Wie Preserve on April 26, and two BIRD WALKS on May 10 and May 11. These Nature Explorer Events are free and open to the public. On Saturday, April 26, Sam Saulys, an avid and expert botanist, will lead a […]

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Spring Begins at Supply Pond Fishway

Branford FIshway

Supply Pond Fishway, Branford, CT April 1, 2014 Video courtesy of Bengt Kjellberg

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How to Use the Sweet Spots of the Earth, the Sea and Sky to Your Best Advantage

Join the Branford Land Trust for its final Winter/Spring Lecture, “How to Use the Sweet Spots of the Earth, the Sea and Sky to Your Best Advantage” with author Mary O’Connor, to be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St., Branford, CT. The event is free […]

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Memorial Celebration Planned for Peter Borgemeister

Peter Heyn Borgemeister, a leader in woodland and wetlands conservation, died Monday, March 17, 2014, in Wallingford, CT. He was 93. Peter was born on Staten Island, NY in 1920 where he had an active childhood and graduated from Curtis High School with high honors. He also made friends with whom he remained close all […]

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Noting the Passing of Former BLT President Peter Borgemeister

The Branford Land Trust was saddened to hear that Peter Borgemeister, a pillar of the organization for much of its existence, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014. Peter had enormous positive impact on the Land Trust and on the many people with whom he worked over the years. As his good friend Maria Storm […]

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March 26: Lecture Series, Bees, Bees, Bees

Join the Branford Land Trust for the second of its Winter/Spring Lecture Series, “Bees, Bees, Bees” with Kimberly Stoner, to be held on March 26 at 7:00 PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St., Branford, CT. The event is free and open to the public. Kim will talk about the importance of variety […]

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February 26: Return of the Peregrine with Steve Broker

Join the Branford Land Trust for the first in its Winter/Spring Lecture Series, “Return of the Peregrine” with Steve Broker, to be held on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St, Branford, CT. The event is free and open to the public. Prior to World War II, the […]

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A Legacy of Stewardship

Kaczynski Property

Branford’s growing legacy of preserved woods, wetlands, fields and farms cleans our air and water, protects us from storm damage, provides wildlife with places to live, and gives our children natural areas to explore and enjoy. In 2013, we were pleased to support the Town’s purchase of the Kaczynski property. This 22-acre parcel includes a […]

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Van Wie Preserve: A Walk in the Cold

Van Wie Preserve

Article & Photos by Jonathan Katz Did you know that Branford Land Trust trails are open all winter? Around the last half of January we got a week-long cold snap, nights in the single digits, days below freezing. That Sunday, in brilliant sunshine with just a dusting of fluffy powder on the ground, I took […]

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February 22: Nature Explorer Program, Animal Tracking Classes

The Branford Land Trust’s NATURE EXPLORER PROGRAM presents a second Animal Tracking Class on Saturday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. Join Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner to learn how to increase your awareness of the natural world. Meet at the Regional Water Authority Parking lot on the north side of Hosely Ave, which is down […]

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