Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Autumn Sanctuary Hay Ride

 

All Aboard the Hay Wagon!

Autumn Sanctuary Hay Ride

photos: S. Simm

photos: S. Simm

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WHEN: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017

TIME:
1 – 3 pm

WHERE:
Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary
236 Taugwonk Road, Stonington – On-Site Parking Available

HAY WAGON:
Skilled Operators from The 97 Farm

REFRESHMENTS:
Graciously Provided by Clyde’s Cider Mill
 

Welcome aboard our 4th Annual Hayride on Saturday, October 21st from 1 – 3 pm – near peak fall foliage is expected.  The hay wagon will travel along the 12-foot wide farm road.  From that vantage point, we’ll view the mature hay fields and  many varieties of fall wildflowers and flowering grasses.  As we keep an eye skyward, we hope to catch views of the plentiful migrating birds.

From aboard the hay wagon, naturalist, photojournalist, Bruce Fellman will interpret our findings in the fields, surrounding woodlands and in the sky.  As we travel through the fields, gates and beautiful historic stone walls, he’ll also talk about how the various plants and animals, including the New England Cottontail, use this sanctuary.   

Assistance boarding the hay wagon will be provided.  Once aboard, there is bi-level seating, a lower level and an upper level.  The lower level provides extra safety for young children and any other folks who prefer it. For best viewing, you may wish to bring binoculars. 
 

Bring the entire family, enjoy refreshments and celebrate the fall season with us!

Sturdy Footgear Recommended. Steady Rain Will Cancel. No Fee

ALL AGES WELCOME

 
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Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY® EVENT

 

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY® EVENT

WHEN:    Saturday, June 3, 2017

WHERE: Meadow Woods Preserve, Meadow Road, Pawcatuck

TIME:      2:00 – 3:15 PM  

GUIDE:   Lisa Wahle, Wildlife Specialist, Contractor to the Wildlife Management Institute at CT DEEP, Wildlife Division

Saturday, June 3rd, is the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®.  Throughout the country, on this spectacular day, people of all ages will gather to explore the outdoors, partake of its beauty and meet new friends.  The Stonington Land Trust will be hosting one of the thousands of events that will take place.

So, gather with us, please, on this day, as we take an easy, slow-paced hike with Wildlife Specialist, Lisa Wahle, through the 19.18-acres of Meadow Woods.  This preserve is mostly wooded, so exploring is generally comfortable, even if the weather is quite warm.   

Included on this small, but unique, preserve are two-acres of active farmland, which are farmed by Eugene and Nancy Bessette of Shady Lane Farm.  Eugene, a dedicated and enthusiastic farmer, will give a brief presentation about their farming activity.  We’re privileged to have Nancy and Eugene on the preserve, and appreciate their responsibly grown produce, which they provide to townsfolk and local grocers.

Come explore this little gem tucked away in the Lower Pawcatuck section of our beautiful town!              

We’ll meet at the end of Meadow Road, which is a quiet dead end street off River Road.                                                                                                                           

Sturdy footgear, binoculars and water are recommended.

Steady rain will cancel.  No fee. 

All ages welcome!       

PARKING AT END OF MEADOW ROAD

photos: S. Simm

 
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Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

2016 Annual Hayride Social

 

Please Come Join Us!

WHEN: November 5, 2016
TIME: 1 pm – 3pm

WHERE: Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary, 236 Taugwonk Road, Stonington

HAY-WAGON: Skilled Operators - The 97 Farm

REFRESHMENTS: Graciously Provided by Clyde’s Cider Mill

photos: S. Simm

photos: S. Simm

photos: S. Simm

Welcome aboard for our 3rd Annual Hay Ride Social, on Saturday, November 5th.  Bring the entire family, enjoy refreshments and celebrate the fall season!  Peak fall foliage is late this year, so we’re expecting to see brilliant color.  From aboard the hay-wagon, Bruce Fellman, naturalist and photojournalist, will interpret our flora and fauna findings in the surrounding woods, fields and sky.  For best viewing, as we travel through the gates, fields and along the historic stonewalls, you may wish to bring binoculars.  Bi-level seating, on the hay-wagon, provides extra safety for young children and any other folks who prefer it. 

Sturdy footgear is recommended.

ALL AGES WELCOME!

Assistance boarding the hay wagon will be provided.

DIRECTIONS:

FROM MYSTIC:  Travel North on Route 95. Take exit 91.  At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Taugwonk Road.  Travel North - just over 1-mile.  Sanctuary entrance is on your right.  

FROM WESTERLY: Route 1, West.  At the light, at the top of the hill, bear right onto Pequot Trail.  Travel West - until you come to a stop sign.  Turn right onto Taugwonk Rd. Travel North - just over 1-mile.  Sanctuary entrance is on your right.

ON-SITE PARKING IS AVAILABLE.

 
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Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

A Summer Afternoon Welcome

 

Join Us For a Guided Walk

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016
TIME: 2PM – 4PM

WHERE: Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary, 236 Taugwonk Road

GUIDE: Naturalist, Photojournalist, Bruce Fellman

The Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is perhaps best known for its remarkable birds - the nesting Bobolinks, in particular.  However, this land is also home to a matchless diversity of flowering plants and insects, including Monarch butterflies.   

Among other treasures, in late August, the Sanctuary is rich with blossoming Joe Pye Weed, various species of goldenrod, and New York Ironweed.  These flowers are magnets for migrating Monarch Butterflies and other travelers, along with the more stay-at-home lepidopterans, such as Tiger and Spicebush swallowtails.

photos: S. Simm

photos: S. Simm

Bruce Fellman, veteran naturalist and photojournalist, will lead us on a mile-long, slow-paced hike around the edge of the meadow and through the new loop trail.  With eyes wide and our binoculars focused, we’ll be on the look-out for the many and various flowering plants and the creatures that their blossoms attract – from butterflies and dragonflies to bees and beetles.  We welcome you to come visit us and enjoy the beauty of a summer afternoon on this peaceful 82-acre sanctuary.  If you’re not up for walking, please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds; a spotting scope will be provided.  Refreshments will be served.

Sturdy footgear, binoculars, camera and water are recommended.      

Steady rain will cancel.  No fee and open to the public.

All Ages Welcome!

ON SITE PARKING AVAILABLE

236 Taugwonk Rd, Stonington

 
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May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Moonlight Stroll

 

A Night For a Moonlight Stroll

photos: full moon B. Fellman, Fusina pond S. Simm

photos: full moon B. Fellman, Fusina pond S. Simm

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2015
TIME: 2 PM – 4 PM

WHERE: Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary, 236 Taugwonk Road

GUIDE: Naturalist, Photojournalist, Bruce Fellman

The Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is perhaps best known for its remarkable birds - the nesting Bobolinks, in particular.  However, this land is also home to a matchless diversity of flowering plants and insects, including Monarch butterflies.   

Among other treasures, in late August, the Sanctuary is rich with blossoming Joe Pye Weed, various species of goldenrod, and New York Ironweed.  These flowers are magnets for migrating Monarch Butterflies and other travelers, along with the more stay-at-home lepidopterans, such as Tiger and Spicebush swallowtails.

Bruce Fellman, veteran naturalist and photojournalist, will lead us on a mile-long, slow-paced hike around the edge of the meadow and through the new loop trail.  With eyes wide and our binoculars focused, we’ll be on the look-out for the many and various flowering plants and the creatures that their blossoms attract – from butterflies and dragonflies to bees and beetles.  We welcome you to come visit us and enjoy the beauty of a summer afternoon on this peaceful 82-acre sanctuary.  If you’re not up for walking, please bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds; a spotting scope will be provided.  Refreshments will be served.

Sturdy footgear, binoculars, camera and water are recommended.      

Steady rain will cancel.  No fee and open to the public.

All Ages Welcome. 

ON SITE PARKING AVAILABLE

236 Taugwonk Rd, Stonington

 
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Jan
25
1:00 PM13:00

Winter Birding Excursion

 

Winter Birding Excursion

barn island tidal marsh photo: S. Simm

barn island tidal marsh photo: S. Simm

You are invited to join us on Sunday, January 25th for our ‘Winter Birding Excursion’ with naturalist, ornithologist, Bob Dewire. We’ll be Exploring the Waterfront, Woods and Tidal Marsh of Barn Island. Please meet us at 1:00 PM, at the boat launch parking lot at the end of Palmer Neck Road. Sturdy footgear recommended. Severe weather will cancel. No Fee.

All Ages Welcome!

barn island sunset photo: S. Simm

barn island sunset photo: S. Simm

 
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Oct
14
1:30 PM13:30

Hay Ride Social

 

Please Come Join Us

We invite you to join us on Sunday, October 19th at 1:30pm for our 1st Annual Hay Ride Social. This year it will be on the Thomas Miner Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, located at 236 Taugwonk Road, Stonington. Sturdy footgear is recommended. All ages welcome, refreshments will be served. Steady rain will cancel. No Fee.

All aboard the hay wagon!

photos: S. Simm

photos: S. Simm

 
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Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

Seasonal Walk

 

Join Us for A Winter Stroll

We invite you to join us on Sunday, January 12th for our 5th in a series of seasonal walks on Thomas Miner Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. Bob Dewire, renowned naturalist, ornithologist will be our guide. As we stroll through this peaceful sanctuary, in the fields, we’ll be in search of over-wintering birds such as bluebirds, winter wrens and hawks. In the woodlands, we’ll scan the trees for nuthatches, brown creepers, woodpeckers, etc. Snow-covered ground will allow us to read stories in the snow of the wildlife on the Preserve. Stroll will be approximately 1-1/2 hours long, on flat terrain.

photo: S. Simm
photos: S. Simm

photos: S. Simm

Come enjoy the beauty of this 82-acre Preserve, located at 236 Taugwonk Road in Stonington. Ample parking is available on the Sanctuary grounds. Sturdy footgear and binoculars are recommended.  Steady rain or heavy snow will cancel.

All Ages Welcome

No Fee

 
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Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Seasonal Walk

 

Journey of Discovery
"Through the Lens"

SEPTEMBER 28TH at  11AM

Join us, camera in hand, for our 4th in a series of seasonal guided walks, through Thomas Miner Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, where currently a year-long Wildlife and Botanical Survey is being conducted. Bruce Fellman, naturalist, professional photojournalist and one of our seven survey volunteers, will be our guide. He has used his camera to document the amphibians, reptiles, dragonflies, butterflies and many more species on the Preserve. He’ll share his photographic tips and techniques as we stroll through the Sanctuary. It will be the peak of the autumn migration season, so we hope to see and ‘capture’ images of migrating hawks, Monarch butterflies and other insects, which will be leaving us for warmer climates. The biology of migration and how these wondrous travelers find their way will be discussed. Walk will be approximately 1½ hours long, on flat terrain with frequent stops.

ALL ages welcome.

NO fee.

photos © Bruce Fellman

photos © Bruce Fellman

The Sanctuary is located at 236 Taugwonk Road, Stonington. Upon entering the driveway, you’ll find ample parking.

STURDY footgear, LONG slacks, sleeves and TICK REPELLENT are highly recommended.

PLEASE BRING: Camera, Binoculars, Trail Snacks and Water.  

WEATHER: We WILL walk in light showers. Steady rain will cancel. (If weather is questionable and you’d like to know if the walk will proceed, please call me, Stanton Simm @ 860-535-1337 (9:30-10:30am, morning of the walk).

 
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Jun
2
2:00 PM14:00

A Seasonal Walk

 

A Walk Through
Thomas Miner Preserve
& Wildlife Sanctuary

June 2nd  at  2PM

We welcome you to join us on Sunday, June 2nd at 2PM for our 3rd in a series of seasonal guided walks through Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary. Bob Dewire, renowned naturalist and ornithologist will be our guide. Currently, several dedicated volunteers are conducting a year-long Wildlife and Botanical Survey on the preserve. So far, the data proves to be very interesting, noting unusual species. To learn more, please join us on the Sanctuary grounds, located at 236 Taugwonk Road. Upon entering the driveway, you’ll find ample parking. Sturdy footgear is recommended.

photos © Bruce Fellman from top left to bottom right: spring buds, bobolink, marbled salamander larva, spotted salamander egg mass surrounded by wood frog tadpoles

photos © Bruce Fellman
from top left to bottom right: spring buds, bobolink, marbled salamander larva, spotted salamander egg mass surrounded by wood frog tadpoles

Refreshments will be served.

All ages welcome!

No Fee.

 
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