It’s a Walk in the Woods…Annual Van Wie Walk

Van Wie Preserve

Join the Branford Land Trust on Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 PM for this annual hike at Van Wie Woods, exploring fields, woodlands, streams, and granite outcrops of the 100 […]

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BUY THE BOOK: Writing the Land: Windblown I

Writing the Land: Windblown I, Book Launch & Art Reception A Creative Project from the Branford Land Trust & the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance Writing the Land: Windblown I […]

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Windblown I: Book Launch & Art Reception

Writing the Land: Windblown I, Book Launch & Art Reception A Creative Project from the Branford Land Trust & the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance You don’t want to miss […]

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrated on Monday, October 10, Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes the Indigenous communities that have lived in the United States for thousands of years. It is now a state observance in […]

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Hot Off the Press: BLT’s Fall Newsletter!

You’re probably used to seeing the Branford Land Trust at the Branford Festival every year. Or maybe you know us from our popular nature walks and lecture series. You might […]

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Special Gathering Honors Local Conservation Champion Bill Horne

“This feels like family,” said Amy Blaymore Paterson of the 60 people gathered to celebrate Bill Horne on August 30. Patterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, was […]

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Conservation Champion Bill Horne Awarded 2022 Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Conservation by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) is thrilled to announce that Bill Horne has been awarded the 2022 Katchen Coley Award for Excellence in Conservation by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council […]

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Registration Open for Annual Branford Land Trust Environmental Day Camp for Kids!

Registration is still open for the Branford Land Trust’s annual hands-on Environmental Day Camp on Thursday, August 18. Children ages 5-9 will enjoy hands-on activities, including touch tanks, woodland and […]

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Our Work Here Is Never Done

By Gordon Hutchinson The BLT Trails Crew has kept busy all winter and spring with several projects, including the removal of invasive autumn olive from Partnership Field and the Todd’s […]

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Collective Care & Indigenous Wisdom

Recommended reading by Laura Noe Leanne Betasamosake Simpson writes, “strong communities are born out of individuals being their best selves.” As a Canadian indigenous woman, musician, and writer, she shares […]

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Todds Hill Wet Meadow Preserve

A lot has been happening at the Todds Hill Wet Meadow Preserve, a 24-acre open space set-aside located between Todds Hill Road, Cherry Hill Road and Parish Farm Road.  Last […]

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Would you like to help protect native plants in Branford?

The Branford Land Trust and the Town Conservation and Environment Commission are launching a new initiative called the Native Plant Protection Corps. Working both on BLT and Town-owned conservation lands, […]

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Invasive Plants

Not only do invasive plants cost towns, state agencies, land trusts, farmers, homeowners, and others large sums of money and thousands of hours of labor for removal and restoration, invasive […]

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS PLANT?

By Lauren Brown Does it grow on your property? If so, GET RID OF IT! This woody vine goes by many names – porcelain vine, porcelain berry, Amur peppervine, or […]

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Know Egrets…

According to the CT DEEP, the great egret is a large member of the heron family, with long legs, white plumage, and a slender body. Adults have black legs and […]

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What the blazes?

By Jen Payne My nephew Max and I have been hiking Branford trails since he was old enough to walk. He’s always been a lively and curious kid, so our […]

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25th Annual Branford Land Trust Environmental Day Camp for kids!

25th Annual Branford Land Trust Environmental Day Camp for kids! Thursday, August 18, 2022 The Branford Land Trust is pleased to announce the 25th Annual hands-on Environmental Day Camp. Children […]

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Your Land Trust at Work

By Jen Payne “I want to say thanks to the Branford Land Trust. Over the last year, my family has taken much joy in exploring Land Trust properties. We hiked […]

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EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program

EVO students at Red Hill Woods. Photo by Andrea Motto. By Julie Wagner The BLT recognizes that youth involvement is crucial to the future of land conservation, but that the […]

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Jarvis Creek Farm – Thank You!

The Branford Land Trust is thrilled to announce the purchase of Jarvis Creek Farm! Thanks to the support of the community — including grants and donations — we have raised […]

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LAST CALL: Writing the Land Project

The Branford Land Trust is excited to participate in WRITING THE LAND, a project that links local artistic and conservation communities. This creative collaboration, made possible by funding from the […]

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Join Us for Our Annual Meeting, May 23

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID, THE ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM AND NOT AT THE LIBRARY. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, please email Martha Rice, mhbrice@gmail.com, who […]

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Annual Spring Bird Walks on Mother’s Day Weekend

The Branford Land Trust is hosting two spring bird walks on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Local birder Chris Woerner will […]

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From Stony Creek to Guilford – Explorations Inspired by the Carleton Granbery Map

From Stony Creek to Guilford – Explorations Inspired by the Carleton Granbery Map April 29 – May 23, 2022 Opening Reception: Sunday, May 1, 4-6 p.m. The Friends of the […]

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Celebrate Earth Day with the BLT at these Two Special Events!

In coordination with the Town of Branford please join us for the BLT Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, April 23, 10:00am-12:00pm at Red Hill Woods. Volunteers should meet at the […]

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BLT Earth Day Clean-up: April 23

In coordination with the Town of Branford please join us for the BLT Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, April 23, 10:00am-12:00pm at Red Hill Woods. Volunteers should meet at the […]

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Writing the Land Project to Feature Branford Land Trust and Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Branford Land Trust is excited to participate in WRITING THE LAND, a project that links local artistic and conservation communities. This creative collaboration, made possible by funding from the […]

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Get to Know Your Trees

Winter Tree Walk at the Red Hill Woods Preserve Sunday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. Hosted by the Branford Land Trust You don’t need leaves to tell one tree from another! […]

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Join Us for Our February Winter Animal Tracking Class

Saturday, February 26 9:30am – 11:00am Lake Saltonstall Recreational Area Not just a walk in the woods, the Branford Land Trust’s popular Animal Tracking classes are led enthusiastically by naturalists […]

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Your Branford Land Trust

As Seen in BRANFORD NEIGHBORS Magazine, January 2022 “I want to say thanks to the Branford Land Trust. Over the last year, my family has taken much joy in exploring […]

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Local Food Phenom Betty Ann Donegan Kicks Off the Branford Land Trust’s 2022 Lecture Series

With climate change one of the most important issues of our time, let’s start at home and think about how we can lower our carbon footprint right here. Using locally […]

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Views from Jarvis Creek Farm

Located on the south side of historic and scenic Route 146, the 20-acre Jarvis Creek Farm property is part of an unusually large, environmentally sensitive, protected coastal area on the […]

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Good to See You Again! Branford Land Trust Thanksgiving Weekend Walk

Join the Branford Land Trust on Sunday, November 28 at 1:00 PM for this traditional Thanksgiving hike at Van Wie Woods, exploring fields, woodlands, streams, and granite outcrops of the […]

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Branford Land Trust and Local Environmental Groups Join Forces to Protect Jarvis Creek Salt Marsh

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) — in partnership with the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the Seedlings Foundation — is purchasing a […]

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Calling All Volunteers! Land Trust Saturday Work Parties are Returning!

After a long year and a half of very limited Branford Land Trust activities, Saturday Morning Work Parties are returning! Our BLT preserves have needed and missed us! Our small, […]

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Branford Land Trust Receives $10,000 Branford Community Foundation Grant for Education and Community Outreach

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Branford Community Foundation and its Deirdre Baker Schiffer Fund. Inspired by his late […]

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AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE CONNECTICUT AUDUBON SOCIETY

Something is killing birds to the south. Taking in your bird feeders now might help to keep it from spreading. An unknown affliction has been killing songbirds in southern, mid-Atlantic […]

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June 23: Branford Land Trust Annual Meeting

Canaries in the Salt Marsh 2021 BLT Annual Meeting Wednesday, June 23, 7:00pm via Zoom Featuring Chris Elphick, UCONN Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Come listen to Dr. Elphick […]

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Garlic Mustard Pesto

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an open space nemesis — an aggressive invasive plant that forms dense colonies in our woods, along our trails, and even in our yards. Will […]

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Earth Day Town and River Clean-up

The Town of Branford will be holding the traditional Earth Day Town and River Cleanup event from 8:00 am to noon on April 17. We encourage those of you who […]

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Environmental Justice Demands Listening

In order to serve our membership, our community, and our region, the Branford Land Trust continues to present materials that help place our mission to preserve open space in historical, […]

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Branford Land Trust Helps Anchorage Road Barn Find New Home(s)

In 2019, the Branford Land Trust was given a lovely 3.7-acre property that abutted Young’s Pond Park, increasing the protected open space at this popular preserve. The property came with […]

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Lessons Learned When Woodlands Burn

The Branford Land Trust suffered a large brush fire on its property behind Orchard Avenue on the evening of January 24, 2021. It was a clear, cold, windy Sunday. The […]

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Snapped Trees

By Jonathan Katz November 21, 2020. Saturday. A gift day, warm, sunny, almost t-shirt weather at Thanksgiving. Into the woods. To the Supply Ponds, the Town of Branford’s magnificent central […]

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BRIDGEWORK

By Jonathan Katz If you have walked the Stony Creek Limited Partnership property, you have seen, and likely strolled across, the magnificent, elevated boardwalk running east to west over the […]

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LAST CALL! BLT Winter Photo Contest

The Branford Land Trust is hosting a Winter Photo Contest, open to all BLT members, starting today! We’re looking for photos of BLT properties decked out in their winter finest […]

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Sea Scout Jake Sturrock’s Volunteer Work with Branford Parks & Open Space Authority Earns Him Quartermaster Rank

This summer, Branford Sea Scout Jake Sturrock designed, built, and installed an information kiosk for the Pisgah Brook Preserve on Laurel Hill Road. It was an important step towards earning […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING: The Soul of an Octopus

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this […]

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A Year in Review…

Dear Friends: The past six months have been difficult, and all of us at the Branford Land Trust miss seeing you in person for our community events and trail walks. […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING: The Bird Way

The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, […]

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We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Saw

Branford Land Trust Trails Crew members Dave Andrews, Bob Hull, and John Ruckes get to work on damage sustained during last week’s storm. Photo along the Van Wie Woods green […]

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The Inequality of America’s Parks and Green Space

In thinking about how to best serve our membership, our community, and our region, the Branford Land Trust will be presenting some materials over the next few months that place […]

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BLT Trails Alert: Be careful out there!

Please be careful out on the BLT trails while we continue to recover from last week’s Tropical Storm Isaias. If you see something…send us an email explaining the whereabouts of […]

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Mudways

Have you seen the new mudways? Thanks to our ever-active Trails Crew, new mudways (or puncheons) have been constructed on several BLT properties to help hikers traverse frequently-muddy spots along […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing – What Birds Are Doing, and Why by David Allen Sibley The bird book for birders […]

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Land Trust Receives Second Pond on Orchard Avenue

Frequent visitors to the pond include green herons, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, and great egrets. (Photo by Lauren Brown) Longtime Branford residents Kathleen and Parker Fox have given […]

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In Memoriam: Malcolm G. Schwab Jr.

The Branford Land Trust was saddened to hear of the passing of Malcolm G. Schwab Jr. Past President Lauren Brown recalls, “I remember Mal as a willing worker who always […]

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An Osprey(s) in Branford, CT

Branford Osprey

If you happen to be out and about in Branford the last month or two, you may have gone down West Point Road. It’s a slightly out of the way […]

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Photos by Calleigh Miller, Girl Scout Troop 60701

Girl Scout Troop 60701 has been working with the Branford Land Trust since last fall to fulfill requirements for their Bronze Award. This week, we’re featuring submissions from some of […]

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Calleigh Miller, Girl Scout Troop 60701 Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 60701 has been working with the Branford Land Trust since last fall to fulfill requirements for their Bronze Award. This week, we’re featuring submissions from some of […]

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Photos by Tessa Martens, Girl Scout Troop 60701

Girl Scout Troop 60701 has been working with the Branford Land Trust since last fall to fulfill requirements for their Bronze Award. This week, we’re featuring submissions from some of […]

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Tessa Martens, Girl Scout Troop 60701 Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 60701 has been working with the Branford Land Trust since last fall to fulfill requirements for their Bronze Award. This week, we’re featuring submissions from some of […]

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Isabella Bricker, Girl Scout Troop 60701 Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 60701 has been working with the Branford Land Trust since last fall to fulfill requirements for their Bronze Award. This week, we’re featuring submissions from some of […]

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Angelina Biehl, Girl Scout Troop 60701 Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 60701 has been working with the Branford Land Trust since last fall to fulfill requirements for their Bronze Award. This week, we’re featuring submissions from some of […]

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Girl Scout Troop 60701 Bronze Award Project

The girls from Girl Scout Troop 60701 are pictured on the bog walk at Red Hill Woods with Troop leader Mary Biehl and BLT members Jen Payne and Matt Reed. […]

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Mistaken Identity: Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes

Did you know there is a native euonymus that is a ringer for the invasive burning bush euonymus? Staghorn sumac looks very much like trees of heaven. There actually is […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING: Billionaire Wilderness

Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West by Justin Farrell A revealing look at the intersection of wealth, philanthropy, and conservation Billionaire Wilderness takes you inside […]

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REDISCOVERING THE SUPPLY POND & PISGAH BROOK PRESERVES

  Most residents of the greater Branford area are familiar with the Supply Ponds. This popular recreation area is heavily used by walkers, runners, mountain bikers, fishermen, bird watchers, and […]

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Branford Girl Scout Community Project

Branford Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Mia Katz with help from her dad, Steven, installs the first of six new Branford Land Trust trail head signs. This one is at […]

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BLT and a CELC Community Project

In March, the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School’s student “passion project” about community service and environmentalism came to life as BLT volunteer Matt Reed of Branford Land Trust […]

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Connecticut Physical Climate Science Assessment Report

Human pollution of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases is altering the global climate. As greenhouse gases continue to increase, with a limited response from United States federal policy makers, local […]

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It’s Invasive

As you walk through the woods these days, you might be heartened by the burgeoning green leaves on many bushes. Unfortunately, most of these are non-native invasive species, which is […]

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Branford Land Trust Files Lawsuit to Protect Wetlands on Gould Lane

The Branford Land Trust (BLT) filed a lawsuit in New Haven Superior Court this week against a North Haven developer constructing a housing development off of Gould Lane in Branford. […]

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Ferns!

Along with the spring wildflowers, the ferns are now providing delight as they unfold in their typical fiddlehead arrangement. On our nature walks, people often ask if the fiddleheads we […]

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Poem: Trout Lillies

Trout Lilies by Mary Oliver It happened I couldn’t find in all my books more than a picture and a few words concerning the trout lily, so I shut my […]

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Wildflower Week: Marsh Marigold

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Wildflower Week: Trout Lily

Deep in the forests of Georgia, at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, millions of Trout Lilies bloom every spring. Sprawling across 15 acres of the preserve, this is the […]

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Wildflower Week: Bloodroot 2

“Medicinally, bloodroot was used to treat coughs and stomach and urinary troubles,” Martha said. “The Iroquois also brewed a tea that they believed made the heart stronger and cleansed the […]

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Wildflower Week: Bloodroot 1

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis, is also known by folkname as Indian Paint, Indian Plant, King Root, Sweet Slumber, and Tetterwort. It is a small perennial growing up to six inches tall, […]

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Wildflower Week: Violets

“When I was little, my parents owned a Sing Along with Mitch Miller and the Gang album. It didn’t take too long to learn every song by heart, including this […]

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Wildflower Week: Spring Beauty

Above is the spring wildflower know as Spring Beauty or Claytonia virginica. Found in Eastern North America, its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton. This from the British […]

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Wildflower Week: Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches by Marjorie Kahl Lawrence The fairies washed their panties And hung them up to dry. Who else could wear So small a pair? I’m sure not you nor […]

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Be Smart – Stay 6 Feet Apart

When hiking on BLT trails and at open spaces, it’s still important to maintain good social distancing. Be smart, stay 6 feet apart! For dog lovers, that’s: Alternately and so […]

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Osprey Family in the Making

This is the second year for this modern (or old-school, take your pick) osprey pair nesting in a TREE on the Land Trust’s Addis property on Johnson’s Point. They need […]

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In Memoriam: Jeanne Hartnett Hyatt

We were saddened to learn of the death of Jeanne Hyatt, one of the incorporators of the Land Trust when it was founded in 1967. With the others incorporators, she […]

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One Month In – We Can Do This.Together.

We’re almost a month into the COVID-19 shutdown now. How are you doing?  We hope you’re finding time to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and walk our local trails. […]

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Garlic Mustard Pesto

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an open space nemesis — an aggressive invasive plant that forms dense colonies in our woods, along our trails, and even in our yards. Will […]

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A Visit to Hammer Woodlands

Lucy T. Hammer moved to Branford in 1927 after marrying her husband, Thorvald. He soon succeeded his father as president and general manager of Malleable Iron Fittings, a company that […]

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The Great Jet Ski Caper

In March, BLT Trails Crew volunteers Dave Andrews, John Ruckes, Bob Hull, Bob Baker, and Matt Reed spent a day retrieving a discarded jet ski from the Beacon Hill Preserve. […]

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WHAT WE’RE READING: Growth – From Microorganisms to Megacities

Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities by Vaclav Smil A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations. Growth has been […]

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BLT Receives 3.74 Acres in Pine Orchard

A stone post built by Alden M. Young in the early 20th century – one of many scattered around Pine Orchard – stands at the entrance to the Land Trust’s […]

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What’s up at the Connecticut Audubon Society?

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center has some interesting content on their website, www.ctaudubon.org, including this live chat with Executive Director Patrick Comins, Thursday, April 9; 5 […]

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Nature Scavenger Hunt Anyone?

Scavenger hunts are a great way to get kids outside, especially during our nice spring days…even more so now since we’ve been sheltering in place for a while! Check out […]

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Making Ready for the Ospreys

In late February, a BLT work party replaced two osprey platforms, one at Summer Island and one near the Trolley Trail in Stony Creek. UPDATE: At least 2 of the […]

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Can You Find a…Vernal Pool?

Vernal Pools, like this one at the Red Hill Woods preserve, appear in the spring and disappear by midsummer. Frogs and salamanders lay their eggs in these pools. The eggs […]

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Can You Find a…Glacial Erratic?

A glacial erratic is a rock resting on today’s land surface that has been deposited by the retreat of glacial ice at the end of the last Ice Age 11.000 […]

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Can You Find a…Red Maple?

Red maple trees are magnetic and beautiful, but can you find a maple tree that does not yet have leaves? Look carefully at the buds and bark! Submitted by Joan […]

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Things to Do in Branford during COVID-19

Now more than 2 weeks into the COVID-19 shutdown, we hope you’re finding time to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and walk our local trails (while keeping a safe […]

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Spring Tree ID

Can you identify these trees in your backyard? Image courtesy of Wilder Child.  

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Animal Tracking Activity for Families & Kids

While hiking in BLT Preserves, kids can hunt for the animal tracks pictured below. What will you find? Submitted by Gaile Ramey

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Wildflowers…Here They Come!

A lot of wildflowers might come out early this year! In the next few weeks look for these: Coltsfoot – non-native but not invasive in our area. Looks like a […]

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Nature’s Best Hope

Presented by the New Canaan Land Trust and sponsored by the New Canaan Pollinator Pathway partnership, Doug Tallamy, PhD Entomology, discusses simple steps that each of us can and must […]

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Spring is Here!

Spring is here! No need to be stuck inside when it is beautiful outside. Our Preserves are open and waiting for you and your family to enjoy. Bring snacks or […]

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A Good Time to Be Outside

I am writing this in the early stages of the Coronavirus outbreak here in the Northeast. Like all of us, I am filled with apprehension for the health and welfare […]

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SWEET! It’s a Branford Land Trust Maple Sugaring Demo!

Stop by and check out the Branford Land Trust maple sugaring demonstration on Saturday, March 7 from 12-4pm.This is a great chance to learn about the cultural history of maple […]

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Discover the Intricately Woven Stories of the Natural World with Save the Sound Expert Anthony Allen

In December, work began on the Pages Millpond fishway project in North Branford, designed to increase spawning habitat for alewife, blueback herring, American eel, and sea run brown trout. Come […]

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Halt! Who goes there? Animal Tracking Classes

Branford Land Trust’s Popular Winter Animal Tracking Classes Halt! Who goes there? Find out during the Branford Land Trust’s popular Animal Tracking classes, led enthusiastically by naturalists Tom Cleveland and […]

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Community Event: Living Wisely & Well on Planet Earth

The Branford Land Trust’s preserves are already being affected by climate change. Learn what you can do to help slow the process at this Living Wisely & Well on Planet […]

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BLT Seeks Proposals to Rehome Historic Pine Orchard Farm Structures

by Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, Shore Publishing/Zip06 Published January 13, 2020 In December, Branford Land Trust (BLT) received an early Christmas gift from descendents of the notable Alden M. […]

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A Pundit on the Trail

By Jonathan Katz In a war-torn election season, punditry is everywhere. Pundits prattle and pontificate about politics. It’s what they do. Or do they? The first Pundits were Hindus from […]

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Bee There or Bee Square: Branford Land Trust January Lecture Features Pollinators

Join the Branford Land Trust for an informative and important lecture on Connecticut’s most important pollinator — bees — presented by Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Entomologist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The […]

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New Year’s Day Hike

Start off the New Year on the right foot! Join the Branford Land Trust on Wednesday, January 1 at 1:00 PM for a hike at Van Wie Woods, exploring fields, […]

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Out on the Trails

by Matt Reed, Trail Maintenance Committee Our Trails Crew volunteers helped with two main projects this year: trails maintenance and keeping our open space fields from being closed in by […]

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How We Manage Our Properties

Dave Andrews, Property Management One of the requirements of Land Trust Alliance accreditation is to annually monitor our properties. This helps the Branford Land Trust assure we know the current […]

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Welcome New Board Members!

The Branford Land Trust Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of two officers and three Directors to the Board at the June, 2019 Annual Meeting. Lauren Brown […]

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BLT Osprey Support Group Meeting

Monday, December 2 at 7:00PM You’re invited to join us at the Sylvan Point Condominium club house for the BLT Osprey Support Group Meeting on Monday, December 2 at 7:00PM. […]

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Thank you Branford Land Trust Volunteers!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Branford Land Trust. Nothing happens without them. We are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who have helped maintain our properties, contribute to our […]

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“Pollinator Pathways” Initiative

Hello Fellow Branford Nature / Horticulture Enthusiast, We at the Branford Conservation / Environmental Commission and the Community Forestry Commission are working to get our town plugged into a broader […]

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Our Growing Membership

by Meg Kilgore, Membership In this last fiscal year, not only did Pete Raymond lead the Land Trust through the rigorous process for the Branford Land Trust to become accredited […]

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BLT Annual Report 2018 – 2019

FALL 2019 Check out our Annual Report newsletter now! This 12-page issue includes a review of BLT efforts and activities from 2018 – 2019, new Board members, our volunteers and […]

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The Branford Land Trust in Your Community

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Supply Ponds: Branford’s Hidden Escape (video)

Take a look at Supply Ponds: Branford’s Hidden Escape, a new documentary video produced by Iryna Solomko and Adrian Bonenberger to acknowledge and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Town […]

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Killam’s Point in Fall Splendor

Join the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church on Saturday, October 19 to explore Killam’s Point in Fall Splendor, led by Jimmy Goggin from 10AM – Noon. Clad […]

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Branford Land Trust Annual Branford River Parade

Celebrate the beauty of the Branford River on Saturday, October 12! Join kayakers, canoeists, and paddleboarders from Branford and surrounding communities as we paddle in a boat parade from behind […]

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The Branford Land Trust Earns National Accreditation!

The Branford Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has achieved national recognition as an Accredited Land Trust! We join a network of more than 400 land trusts across […]

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REGISTER NOW! Environmental Day Camp, August 16

Registration is still open for the Branford Land Trust’s popular Hand-on Environmental Day Camp to be held on Friday, August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an […]

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A Walk Through History at Killam’s Point

with Town Historian Jane Bouley and Naturalist Martha Rice Sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church of Branford Centuries before the English arrived, Native Americans made […]

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Killam’s Point: Native Americans Summer at the Shore

Co-sponsored by the BLT and First Congregational Church of Branford. Registration required, call 203-314-7128. Killam’s Point is off Shore Drive just west of the Orchard House Adult Day Care Center. […]

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Recommended Reading

FROM CONNIE DRYSDALE The National Book Review calls The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan “A literary clarion call.… Egan’s narrative reflects a nuanced understanding of […]

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Soil Health: The Basics

by Emily Oldfield, BLT Guest Writer What is soil health? Can you diagnose a soil as healthy or not? Recently, the concept of “soil health” has gained traction in policy, […]

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Leading Climate Change Scientist to Speak at BLT Annual Meeting

The Branford Land Trust’s 2019 Annual Meeting on June 19 will feature guest speaker Mark C. Urban, an award-winning scientist, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of […]

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Branford’s Shoreline Resiliency Fund

by John Watson In February, the Town of Branford announced the creation of a $1 million fund to help finance future efforts to prepare for and mitigate the consequences of […]

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The Eagle and The Terrapin

By Jonathan Katz National Trails Day 2019. Good day for a bike ride, along the Folks on Spokes route in Milford, by the shore. I make a right, residential downhill […]

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Register Now for BLT’s Environmental Day Camp for Kids!

Registration is now open for the Branford Land Trust’s popular Hand-on Environmental Day Camp to be held on Friday, August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is an […]

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Short Beach Preserve Turns 20!

The Short Beach Preserve is a 40-acre parcel with rugged rock outcroppings, tall oaks, beeches, extensive groves of mountain laurel, wetlands, and a magnificent bluff offering spectacular views of Talmadge […]

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Killam’s Point: Our Living Fossils, the Horseshoe Crab

Co-sponsored by the BLT and First Congregational Church of Branford. Registration required, call 203-314-7128. Killam’s Point is off Shore Drive just west of the Orchard House Adult Day Care Center. […]

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In Memoriam: Marina Neris

Marina Neris, a long-time and tireless BLT volunteer, died March 13, 2019 at Connecticut Hospice. She was a shining example of the power of volunteerism, and of the power we […]

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The 2019 Alewife Run at the Supply Ponds

The 2019 alewife run at the Supply Ponds has come and gone for the season. Every week, from April 2 through May 28, the electronic fish counter monitored migrating alewives, […]

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News from the Trails (and Fields)

“Among other tasks, our Trails volunteers have been hard at work reclaiming two of our open space fields — Medlyn and DeLeo — two mornings per week right on through […]

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Connecticut Trails Day Hike: June 1

EXPLORING THE SUPPLY PONDS & PISGAH BROOK WATERSHED CT Trails Day Hike Hosted by the Branford Land Trust on June 1 On Connecticut Trails Day, come out with the Branford […]

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BLT & Land Trust Alliance Accreditation

by John Watson In September 2018 the Land Trust submitted an application for accreditation to the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization that represents more than 1,000 member […]

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Wildflower Walk at Red Hill Woods: May 25

Wildflower Walk at Red Hill Woods May 25 Saturday, 3:00pm Join botanist Lauren Brown on an afternoon walk through Red Hill Woods in search of spring flora and fauna. Wander […]

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Osprey Project Update

“This spring, long-time volunteer Bob Bejnerowicz has once again headed up the effort to add additional nesting platforms and repair those in need. One new platform was built by Branford […]

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Conservation Talk Series at DEEP’s Kellogg Environmental Center

Connecticut’s DEEP is sponsoring a series of free public events to mark the National Parks Conservation Association’s centennial. Celebrating 100 Years of Conservation Eric Hammerling, from the Connecticut Forest & […]

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Spring Bird Walks: May 11 & May 12

Branford Osprey

Spring Bird Walks May 11 & May 12 Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am Naturalist Chris Woerner leads our annual bird walks along the Trolley Trail and into the Vedder property. Come […]

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Take a Walk in Branford: Van Wie Woods

A visit to Van Wie Woods is special any time of year and in any kind of weather, even a rainy spring morning. The Van Wie Preserve, abutting the Quarry […]

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Branford River and Town Litter Clean-Up Day is April 27!

Join other volunteers to clean up the littered location in Town that bugs you the most! Can’t decide where to start? Pick up trash bags and get directions to the […]

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Long Island Sound Blue Plan Public Meeting on April 24

The Branford Land Trust is co-hosting a public meeting on April 24 on the Long Island Sound Blue Plan. The Blue Plan is a new paradigm in Connecticut’s management of […]

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Perambulating Zielinski Field

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 […]

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Living Wisely and Well on Planet Earth

Please make time to attend this series of events organized by Trinity Episcopal Church with the goal of catalyzing a community-wide conversation and effort to be more sustainable. Wednesdays at […]

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Medlyn Lawsuit Resolution

  Dear Friend, The lawsuit filed by Jay Medlyn against the Branford Land Trust (BLT) in 2016 concerning coastal flooding has been resolved. The Land Trust has settled with Mr. […]

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Branford Land Trust’s Popular Winter Animal Tracking Classes

Not just a walk in the woods, the Branford Land Trust’s popular Animal Tracking classes are led enthusiastically by naturalists Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner each winter. Come find out […]

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Eagle Scout Kiosk Project

When you head out on your holidays walks in the coming week, watch for our new information kiosks on several BLT properties. This Eagle Scout project was coordinated by Aidan […]

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Update: Accreditation Progress

In September, the BLT submitted its completed application for accreditation from the national Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission. This two-year effort has involved incalculable hours by our Accreditation Committee (pictured), […]

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Our Local Coastline and
 Sea Level Rise

by Molly M. James, BLT Guest Writer Starting in the 1800s, sea level has been recorded with frequency and relative accuracy in Connecticut. By 1970, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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Meet Some of Our Board Members

The Branford Land Trust Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of three officers and four directors to the Board at the April, 2018 Annual Meeting. Peter Raymond […]

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New Year’s Day Hike

Start off the New Year on the right foot! Come out for a hike with the Branford Land Trust on Tuesday, January 1 at 1:00PM! This year, we’ll explore Van […]

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In The Community: A Year-At-A-Glance

50th Anniversary Celebration at Red Hill Woods capping off a year-long series of anniversary events in the community Information Kioks an Eagle Scout project Sliney School Science Fair just one […]

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Your Support Will Protect Branford’s Natural Spaces

From the President: Annual Appeal In November, 88% of Branford voters voted to protect open space with a YES vote on Ballot Question #2. This affirmation of our town’s value […]

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Changes in the Land: A Talk by Jane Bouley

The Branford Land Trust is pleased to welcome Town Historian Jane Bouley for a special presentation on “Changes in the Land,” to be held on Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. […]

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THANK YOU BRANFORD!

Ballot Question #2 – a measure to protect state parks and other lands – passed by over 80%!! We thank all the citizens of Branford who helped to make this […]

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A Walk in the Woods: Branford Land Trust Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Walk

Join the Branford Land Trust on Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 PM for this traditional pre-Thanksgiving hike at Van Wie Woods, exploring fields, woodlands, streams, and granite outcrops of the […]

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Let Your Friends Know about Question #2

Protecting Public Lands in CT If you have already talked to others about voting YES on Question #2, shared messages with friends on social media, sent emails to people in […]

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Vote YES on Question Two

Here is a video reminder from Connecticut Forest & Park Association:  VOTE YES ON QUESTION 2 ON ELECTION DAY to protect Connecticut lands!

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A Meditation on Mushrooms

Take a walk on a BLT trail these days and you’re sure to discover a multitude of mushrooms and more. Take a look! CLICK HERE for more information and identification […]

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Virtual Treasure Hunt at Killam’s Point

Sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church Join the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church on Sunday, October 14 for A Virtual Treasure Hunt […]

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Vote to Protect CT Open Space

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ProteCT Public Lands on November 6th

By Eric Hammerling Your public lands are so valuable … Your public lands include Connecticut’s most beloved, valuable, and visited places. Popular beaches at Hammonasset and Rocky Neck, landmarks like […]

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There’s Still Time for Feedback!

Deadline Extended for Your Input Comment by November 1, 2018 The Branford Land Trust is proud to announce that it is applying for accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, […]

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Fall Property Maintenance

Late September Branford Land Trust mowing at Van Wie Preserve Field.

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Branford Land Trust’s Annual Branford River Parade

Celebrate the beauty of the Branford River! Join kayakers and canoeists from Branford and surrounding communities as we paddle in a boat parade from behind the Branford High School to […]

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Enjoy Summer on the Point

Sponsored by the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church The First Congregational Church and the Branford Land Trust invite you to come out for a late summer walk […]

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Open for Business…and Hiking!

We are happy to announce that the Red, Yellow, White and Orange trails near Van Wie Woods and the Quarry Preserve south of the end of Red Hill Road are […]

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Fundraiser at Denali Branford

The folks at Branford’s Denali (formerly Trailblazer) have partnered with the Branford Land Trust’s Trails Committee in recent months to help maintain Branford’s open space. Now they’re busy setting up […]

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Trail Closure Update

Eversource will begin removing damaged cables and poles from the power line right of way where it crosses the Van Wie Woods and Quarry Preserve south of the end of […]

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Rain or Shine! BLT 50th Anniversary Celebration

THE EVENT IS ON! SEE YOU AT RED HILL WOODS AT 10:30AM! 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 23, 10:30am at the Red Hill Woods Preserve, Branford We look forward to […]

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Join Us for a Special 50th Anniversary Celebration

Please join the Branford Land Trust for a special 50th Anniversary Celebration including the dedication of the Red Hill Woods Bog Walk, a guided walk, and a celebratory reception on […]

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A Branford Land Trust 50th Event: Our Valuable Neighbors, Horseshoe Crabs

Our Valuable Neighbors, Horseshoe Crabs June 7, 2018  at 7:00 pm. Killam’s Point Conference Center Reservations required. Call 203 747 4184 Martha Rice will talk about Horseshoe crabs and Project Limulus, […]

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Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report (May 30)

Welcome to the last fish report of 2018! The season ended with a whimper and not a bang — 44 fish made their way into the Supply Ponds. The total […]

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Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report (May 22)

The alewives continue to trickle into the Supply Ponds — 108 in the past week, bringing the year-to-date total to 694. This year is shaping up to be a virtual […]

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A Branford Land Trust 50th Event: Wildflower Walk with Botanist Lauren Brown

Come walk the beautiful Goss Property with Lauren Brown, a long-time Branford Land Trust member and botanist who really knows local plants and flowers. The walk will be held on […]

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Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report (May 15)

The alewives continue to trickle into the Supply Ponds — 117 in the past week, bringing the year-to-date total to 586. We are well behind the counts of the previous […]

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May 19: Spring on the Point!

Spring on the Point Saturday, May 19, 1:00pm Killam’s Point Conference Center Join Martha Rice from the Branford Land Trust for a walk on Killam’s Point. Observe trees, flowers and […]

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An Evening of Poetry with the Branford Land Trust

Please make plans to join the Branford Land Trust for an evening of poetry featuring shoreline poets Carol Altieri, Juliana Harris, Nancy Meneely, and Jen Payne. The event will be […]

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Branford Supply Pond Fish Report (May 7)

There was a modest uptick in our annual alewife count last week – according to the electronic fish counter, an even dozen alewives made their up the fishway. Maybe the […]

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Explore Branford! BLT Spring Bird Walks

The Branford Land Trust’s Nature Explorer Program is hosting two spring bird walks this year, on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Local birder Chris […]

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Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report (May 1)

If an alewife swims up the fishway but there’s no counter to record its passage, does it make a splash? Sometime in the past week or so, the Supply Ponds […]

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Mark Your Calendar for these 50th Anniversary Events!

May 12-13 SPRING BIRD WALK Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am Make time for these fun educational bird walks at the Trolley Trail and Vedder property with naturalist Chris Woerner. May 18 […]

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Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report (April 24)

As Paul Revere might have said (but didn’t), “The alewives are here! The alewives are here!” A little over 450 alewives were counted going up the fishway as of April […]

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Denali Cleans up at Pantani

Enthusiastic Denali Outdoor and Branford Land Trust volunteers came out on Earth Day and removed trash from our Pantani property, located on Short Beach Road, just north of Nicole Road. […]

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Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report (April 17)

Branford Supply Ponds Fish Report April 17, 2018 Spring will come – someday. And with it will come the alewives. Until then, we’ll content ourselves with some early signs of […]

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World Fish Migration Day 2018

Join the Branford Land Trust as we celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Saturday, April 21! Come see the beautiful fish ladder and counting station at Branford’s Supply Ponds. Hopefully, […]

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Earth Day Spring Clean Up!

Join the Branford Land Trust, the town of Branford, and LOTS of Branford residents for the annual “Rid Litter” Day on Saturday, April 21! WHAT: Litter removal all around town! […]

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March 27: BLT Welcomes Live Owls and A Place Called Hope

Join the Branford Land Trust for an educational evening about owls with A Place Called Hope on Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Canoe Brook Senior Center. Part of […]

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WHO GOES THERE: Animal Tracking Class

Every year, dozens of families come out for the Branford Land Trust’s popular Animal Tracking classes led enthusiastically by naturalists Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner. Come learn how to recognize […]

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Author Patrick Lynch Headlines BLT January Lecture

Learn about the Natural History of Long Island Sound and Its Coastlines Learn about the “Natural History of Long Island Sound and its Coastlines” with Patrick Lynch, illustrator, photographer, and […]

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BLT’s Popular Winter Animal Tracking Classes

Every year, dozens of families come out for the Branford Land Trust’s popular Animal Tracking classes led enthusiastically by naturalists Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner. Come learn how to recognize […]

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New Year’s Day Hike

MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 1:00PM Start off the New Year on the right foot! Come out for a hike with the BLT! This year, we’ll explore the Saltonstall Mountain Preserve, part […]

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THIS FRIDAY! 50th Anniversary Art Show

We look forward to seeing you at the Branford Land Trust’s 50th Anniversary Art Show on Friday, December 8 from 5-8pm at the Land Trust House, 26 School Street in […]

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Watch for Our December Newsletter!

IN MAILBOXES SOON! See a preview now!

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Happy 50th Anniversary BLT!

The Branford Land Trust was incorporated November 29, 1967 With the mission to preserve open space in Branford, and to promote our community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features.

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Branford Land Trust 50th Anniversary Art Show

Please mark your calendar for the Branford Land Trust’s 50th Anniversary Art Show on Friday, December 8 from 5-8pm at the Land Trust House, 26 School Street in Stony Creek. […]

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Call to Artists: BLT Winter Art Show

The Branford Land Trust is hosting a WINTER ART SHOW on Friday, December 8 from 5-8 pm at the Land Trust House on School Street in Stony Creek. The theme […]

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A Walk in the Woods: Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Walk

Join the Branford Land Trust on Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 PM for this traditional pre-Thanksgiving walk at Van Wie Woods led by Matt Radulski and Bill Horne. The full […]

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Killam’s Point: A Walk Through Natural History

Join the Branford Land Trust and the First Congregational Church on Saturday, October 21 for A Walk Through Natural History at Killam’s Point, 10AM – Noon. Come take a walk with […]

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Walmart Volunteers Join Van Wie Work Party

A great group of volunteers from Branford’s Walmart joined a BLT work party in August, removing shrubs, fallen tree branches, and invasive muliflora roses and their roots, from the southeast corner […]

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At Zielinski Farm

When Jane Zielinski Emielita passed away in 2014, she left her family’s farm on Brushy Plain Road to the Branford Land Trust in order that the land be kept as […]

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EXPLORE KILLAM’S POINT!

Saturday, August 12, 9AM – 11Am Killam’s Point is an ecological treasure, habitat for many species of bird and animals, with healthy forested uplands, expansive salt marshes, inviting sandy beaches […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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