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June 2019

Tree Identification Walk: “Learn Your Land” Series

June 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Watson-Symington Preserve, 100-110 Wellesley Dr
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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New Canaan’s woodlands are filled with dozens of different tree species, each with their own unique characteristics. Join Aaron Lefland, the Executive Director of the New Canaan Land Trust and Yale Forestry graduate, to learn some of the techniques for identifying these species. Aaron will teach participants how to identify trees by their leaves, branching pattern, and bark texture. He will also discuss each species’ role in forest succession, and explain the important role that each tree plays in our…

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August 2019

Land Use History Walk: “Learn Your Land” Series

August 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Browne Preserve, 1180 Valley Road
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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Prior to today’s suburbanization and extensive development, New Canaan’s landscape was covered with farms, pastures, and managed woodlots. Evidence of these various land uses are still visible today, and with a keen eye, one can deduce how a given piece of land might have been used over a century ago. Aaron Lefland, the Executive Director of the New Canaan Land Trust and Yale Forestry graduate, will teach participants how to pick out these clues, and discuss the profound ways that…

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September 2019

Native and Invasive Plant Walk: “Learn Your Land” Series

September 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Livingston Higley Preserve, 100-110 Apple Tree Lane
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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New Canaan’s meadows and woodlands are full of hundreds of species of trees, flowers, and other plants. While many of these species have been here for millennia, some were brought to New England in the last few decades, and have begun wreaking havoc on our natural ecosystems. Join New Canaan Land Trust board member Susan Bergen, for a look into how these native and invasive plants interact with one another, and change the dynamics of New Canaan’s habitats and ecosystems.…

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October 2019

Owl Prowl with Frank Gallo

October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Still Pond Preserve — Hicks Entrance, 513 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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Join Frank Gallo, bird expert and author of Birding in Connecticut, for the rare chance to meet an owl in the wild. Frank will lead participants through the New Canaan Land Trust’s Hick’s Meadows in search of Eastern Screech-Owls and their larger cousins, Barred Owls. Don’t miss this chance to hear and perhaps see our nocturnal neighbors. HOW TO REGISTER: While this event is free, registration is required and preference will be given to current members of the New Canaan Land…

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February 2020

Winter Tree Identification

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Watson-Symington Preserve, 100-110 Wellesley Dr
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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This program is co-sponsored by the New Canaan Land Trust and New Canaan Library. Please register on the Library's event page. For the 12pm walk, register HERE For the 1:30pm walk, register HERE While leaves provide the best clues about the identity of a tree, there are still many ways to identify leafless trees in the winter. Join the New Canaan Land Trust on a walk through the Watson-Symington Preserve, and learn to use clues such as branching pattern, bark…

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