BOBOLINKS, MILKWEEDS & BUTTERFLIES
WHERE: Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary, 236 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT
DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TERRAIN & PACE: Flat, Easy Terrain, Slow Pace
NEEDED: Sturdy Footgear, Tick & Mosquito Repellent
photos left to right: Monach Caterpillar on Milkweed, Male Spring-Plumage Bobolink, Native Milkweed in Bloom
Thomas Miner Preserve photos © Bruce Fellman
By mid-June, the 82-acre Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is awash in avian activity, as it provides an increasingly rare nursery to a highly musical songbird know as the Bobolink, a rapidly declining CT Species of Special Concern .
On this morning, we'll walk along the edges of this preserve's 19-acres of carefully managed fields and watch the Bobolinks that nest in the center of the large meadow, as they tend to their eggs and, perhaps, youngsters.
This beautiful sanctuary is also a perfect habitat for milkweeds, some of which should be in full bloom and attracting all sorts of butterflies, from Monarchs and Great Spangled Fritillaries to Pearl Crescents and various Swallowtails.
Our walk leader, Bruce Fellman, is a seasoned naturalist with more than 50- years experience in the field. He's an enthusiastic teacher of all ages, who has also helped to inventory the wildlife found on this Sanctuary.
ALL AGES WELCOME!
Plenty of Parking on the Preserve. No Fee. Steady Rain Cancels.