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The Land Trust’s Firefly Sanctuary has become one of our post popular preserves, and for good reason! Each summer, tens of thousands of fireflies light up the night sky in what is thought to be the first dedicated firefly sanctuary in the United States. Visitors from across the region come to marvel at the fireflies’ incredible display, and enjoy the serenity of this special place.
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As the Firefly Sanctuary grows in popularity, we’ve made a number of improvements to make the preserve more accessible, while also reducing the impact of these visitors.¬†Thanks a generous grant from the Environmental Professionals Organization of CT (EPOC) and a number of volunteers, we are well prepared for the 2021 firefly season. Check out some of the major improvements, below.
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A new informational kiosk, constructed by girl scouts Megan Brunner and Lindsey Mulle, greets visitors at the trailhead, and provides space for us to post information about the preserve, the fireflies, and our organization.

 

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Trail markers are installed along the entirety of the quarter-mile trail, starting at the trailhead on Sleepy Hollow Road, and finishing at the firefly viewing area.

 

 

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Two new footbridges were installed by Dave Hanson for his Eagle Scout project. They enable easier access for visitors, and reducing visitor impact on these fragile riparian areas.

 

 

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A new seating area with five benches, constructed by William Tang for his Eagle Scout Project, welcomes visitors and will enable easier gatherings at the Sanctuary.

 

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Approximately 150 linear feet of split rail fence was installed by our summer interns, and will help to deter visitors from wandering onto adjacent private property.
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This winter, the meadow will also receive its annual mowing to promote the growth of grasses and wildflowers and suppress the growth of woody plants and shrubs. Cutting our meadows in the winter reduces any impacts on the meadow residents, including our beloved fireflies.
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We hope to see you out there this summer! The peak of the firefly season is in late June and early July. More information about the fireflies, the Sanctuary, and when/how to visit can be found HERE.