Sunday, May 17, 2020

Bird-friendly Plants at Home - a new webinar series from Audubon CT

I hope that soon as a group we will once again be able to visit the Prospect Land Trust Urban Oasis Garden at McGrath Park. But for now, we just have to visit while we can as individuals to see what the Spring brings to the garden. If you do visit the garden and have any photos, please share. We would love to be able to add them to our Photo Journal of what is happening, how the community views the garden, what plants, animals and insects you are seeing. 

With us all staying close to home and doing more in our own back yards Prospect Land Trust wanted to share an upcoming on-line event to help bring a little bit of the Oasis Garden home to you.

Bird-friendly Plants at Home - a new webinar series from Audubon CT

This free interactive course will focus on bird friendly plantings that you can add to your home landscape. With the right plants, any space—from a small container on your patio to an acre of your backyard—you can add beauty to your space while helping birds and wildlife too.

In this four-part workshop, Audubon naturalists and birding experts will provide an in-depth look at the things you can do to make your outdoor spaces more bird-friendly for our year-round avian residents as well as feathered friends who stopover during their migration journeys.

The four sessions will take place every Tuesday from May 19th thru June 9th, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
·       Week 1 (May 19): Plants to Attract Your Favorite Birds
·       Week 2 (May 26): Container Gardening with Native Plants
·       Week 3 (June 2): Attracting Birds by the Seasons
·       Week 4 (June 9): Creating Mini-Habitats in Your Outdoor Spaces

Upon registration, you will receive a link to login into the online classroom.
·       Admission: $25 per person for the entire series FREE! As a valued partner of our Schoolyard Habitat and Urban Oasis programs, there is no charge for you to participate in this workshop series. Simply use coupon code OASISN (in all caps) at check out to obtain your discount.
·       Click here to register

For questions, please contact Kate Pratt at or 203-405-9113.
Please note, by signing up for this webinar series you are consenting to receive emails from Audubon about this program and our conservation work. You may opt-out of our emails at any time.

We like to thank Jillian Bell, Bird Friendly Communities Coordinator, Audubon Connecticut for pass along this information to us, hope you take this opportunity to have a little Oasis of your own. 
 Sign installed 11/9/19

 Frog 5/16/20
 Mayapple 5/16/20

 Blue Bird Box, installed 4/5/20 Thanks John T.
How to build a Bluebird box

Monday, March 23, 2020

On-Line Learning

There is so much out there right now for everyone to do young and old that you can spend more time looking and less time learning. Here are a few pages that will be posting hands on learning as well as interactive digital learning. Prospect Land Trust will continue to post these fun and interesting activities that are shared with us as they come available. We will also be adding many newer Family Fun Ideas of our own that can be done with simple materials that you would have around the house.

3/20/20 Finds: 
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
1. Want a screen-free experience for the kids? Sign up for CFPA's Tree School! Parents receive 7 days of engaging Project Learning Tree activities that can be done outside with the kids. And, daily challenges to win prizes! It's FREE! All you need is an adult, a child, and a backyard or local park. Sign up here:
2. Play forest detective! Use your senses! Learn about the benefits of forests! All from your home, backyard, or a local natural area. Project Learning Tree is offering FREE nature-based learning activities for youth age 3-15. Check them out! Activities for Families - Project Learning Tree Nature is a great teacher! Try these activity ideas from Project Learning Tree to connect the children in your life to the outdoors and nature.
Connecticut Fish and Wildlife
1. We are starting to hear about At Home Learning Programs and Facebook Live presentations being offered by a variety of local non-profit conservation organizations and nature centers throughout Connecticut. We will share them with you as we learn about them and please share with others so that kids and families can take advantage of these fantastic learning opportunities. These organizations, like Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, will appreciate your participation and support. Details: We're excited to share Ripley's At Home Learning Programs, starting next week! Just because our on-site education programs have been canceled doesn't mean you can't learn with us at home through our interactive FREE digital programs!
All you need is a computer equipped with a webcam and an internet connection. Programs are free and open to all, and will take place Mon-Fri next week at 2 pm daily!
Monday, March 23rd at 2pm: Welcome to the Conservancy!
Take a tour with Ripley's Head of Education, Colleen Peters, and see what's been happening during our breeding season. Watch on Facebook Live!
2. Looking for something to keep your kids busy? Our Explore Connecticut's Wildlife workbook features fact sheets, activities, and coloring pages that can be used as an introduction to our state's wildlife. It is available to download at…/ou…/SessionsWildlifeWorkbookpdf.pdf…

3/21/20 finds Thanks to Connecticut Fish and Wildlife
1. With the help of some of our amazing animal ambassadors Stamford Museum & Nature Center will be holding Facebook Live educational programs daily at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. View this morning's presentation and join them for future ones. (More programs to be highlighted from Connecticut environmental educators.)

2. Mystic Aquarium
Get up close and personal behind the scenes and Facebook live daily. Today we met with Maia the seal who has lived at Mystic Aquarium for 6yrs now. If you missed live chat not to worry they still have them available for viewing.

3/22/20 finds thanks to Connecticut Fish and Wildlife
Christine's Critters Inc. will be doing Facebook Live presentations every weekday from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. You will meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, snakes, lizards, frogs and more! Like her page and you will receive a notification when she goes live each day! Everyone is encouraged to tune in!

3/23/20 Don't Forget Today’s is wonderful brought to you by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association
Join Land Conservation Director, Lindsay Suhr, and sign up for CFPA's Tree School for fun weekly activities for the kids!

4/9/20 A collection of online, virtual experiences about Connecticut landmarks, museums, and attractions that provide educational opportunities to engage children while staying safe at home.   



PLT Property Holdings

Dear Prospect Land Trust Members and Friends,

The Prospect Land Trust Board has decided to keep open our properties and invite you to go for a hike.

Kathan Woods, in particular, would be an ideal venue for you to get some fresh air while easily maintaining social distance. Please use common sense and maintain social distance when encountering other hikers. It is our intent to provide a welcome relief for those who need to get out of the house.

We have also decided to postpone the presentation on Bobcats, on April 22, 2020. We hope to reschedule in the fall.

H. William (Bill) Rinckel
Prospect Land Trust President

The Bobcat in CT event is being postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.