Connecticut River Salmon Association:
Help Support Salmon in the River
Connecticut River Salmon Association (CRSA) operates its Salmon-in-Schools program in about 65 Connecticut public schools, providing a valuable scientific and environmental learning project enjoyed by children from kindergarten through high school. Students participate in all phases of the program, from rearing salmon eggs in the classroom to stocking rivers. CRSA provides guidance and teacher education, technical assistance and materials, and vital links to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
The program involves incubating Atlantic salmon eggs in a chilled aquarium tank beginning in early January. The eggs hatch mid-February into alevin, a small fish of about one to one-and-a-half inches supported by a yolk sac, its sole source of food supply. The fish are ready for stocking by late April or early May in a tributary of the Connecticut River selected by DEEP and CRSA.
To find out more and help support this program, visit ctriversalmon.org.
Join a Sugar on Snow Party!
Come celebrate the maple sugaring season at one of Audubon Vermont’s Sugar on Snow Parties. Enjoy delicious sugar on snow, maple sugaring demonstrations, and a delicious taste of each grade of maple syrup! This year’s Sugar on Snow Parties will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, 2023, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, Vermont. You can learn more at vt.audubon.org/events.
You can also tap a tree, collect sap from buckets, and follow the journey from sap to syrup during a tour of the Green Mountain Audubon Center’s Bird-Friendly Sugarbush. Learn about maple syrup produced from Bird-Friendly Habitats and search for the elusive birds of the sugarbush. All ages are welcome, and Audubon Vermont’s programs are fun for the whole family! The events are free of charge. Sugar on Snow, maple syrup, and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Visit vt.audubon.org/conservation/working-lands/landing/bird-friendly-maple-project.
Connecticut River Conservancy:
Meet your River Steward
Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) invites you to meet your River Steward for Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire!
Join CRC to learn about upcoming priorities in supporting a healthier, cleaner Connecticut River in 2023 while connecting with CRC staff and fellow community members who also care about rivers. Light refreshments will be served.
CRC River Stewards engage in public advocacy in support of CRC’s mission and collaborate with partners across all four states to protect and serve the Connecticut River and tributaries. This is a great opportunity to meet in person!
3/23—Holyoke, MA, with Kelsey
4/4—Bellows Falls, VT, with Kate & Kathy
4/26—Littleton, NH, with Kate & Kathy
RSVP at ctriver.org/upcoming-events/.
Lyme Land Trust:
The Tree Collective: For Youth Conservationists
The Tree Collective is a program, sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust, designed to engage young conservationists ages 14–18 in outdoor fun and education while working to maintain trails in the beautiful town of Lyme, Connecticut. Under the leadership of environmentalist/artist Regan Stacey since 2018, the group meets on one Sunday a month, 1 to 4 p.m., from early fall through June. Each meeting features a different topic and hike in a selected preserve. Participants explore the woods and learn about nature and the importance of biodiversity, hear guest speakers/guides, go on field trips, get help with special reports/research projects, help maintain trails, blaze new trails and other work to enhance the preserves, and enjoy a year-end party.
If you would like to join the Tree Collective, please contact Regan Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming dates are March 19, April 16, and May TBD. Visit lymelandtrust.org/upcoming-events/ for more details.
Connecticut Land Conservation Council:
The Connecticut Land Conservation Conference (March 25, 2023)
Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) will host the annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference, the largest conservation gathering and only land trust convocation of its kind in Connecticut. Attracting hundreds of attendees, the Conference provides dynamic training, networking, and information-sharing opportunities for those interested in land conservation.
CLCC’s impressive full-day gathering takes place at Wesleyan University and includes more than 50 workshops led by top-notch presenters. This year’s keynote speaker features Anne-Sophie Pagé, a young environmentalist and veterinarian from New Zealand. Through the international lens of her research and fieldwork in wildlife conservation, Anne-Sophie will talk about the importance of land conservation in saving the planet. For more information and to register online, visit: https://ctconservation.org/conference/.
If you value Connecticut’s natural environment and want to learn more about land conservation, register today and lend your voice and support to the land conservation movement.