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Conference Field Trips

Field trips are ticketed events, for which advanced registration is required by April 13. Field trips are conference events, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. Except if otherwise noted, transportation from the convention center to the field trip destination will be via carpooling. Prior to the conference, we will forward the names and email addresses of all those who sign up for a field trip to the field trip organizer, who will contact each participant in advance to set up a time for a brief meeting to provide directions and work out the details of who will be driving. If you signed up for a field trip and if you have not heard from the field trip leader by April 15, we advise you to contact him/her (email listed in info given below) to confirm your attendance and the logistical details. Also, if you had registered for a field trip, but then realize you will not be able to attend, please promptly notifiy the field trip leader so that they know who to expect and can offer your spot to someone else in the event the field trip has filled up and there is a waiting list.

Field Trip 1: Community and Ecosystem Ecology of Mianus River State Park

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 12:30–5:30 pm

Location:  Meet at Lobby of the Hilton Stamford Hotel and carpool to the sites.

Instructor: Christian Liriano, Independent field ecologist/student

Description: We will discuss community and ecosystem ecology hands-on. I will introduce old and new ideas from these fields, while we examine the different components that make up the park(e.g, fungi, deadwood, plants, river).

Limit of 15 participants.

No Fee

For more information: contact Christian Liriano at cliriano1018@gmail.com.

Field Trip 2: Vernal Pools

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 8:00–11:00 am

Location:  Meet at Lobby of the Hilton Stamford Hotel and carpool to the sites.

Instructor: Susan Robinson, Redding Conservation Commission, and Victor DeMasi, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Description: Visit two outstanding vernal pools in Redding Connecticut; The "Nogga" pool has a population of Jefferson Salamanders, a rare species endangered in Connecticut. The find led Redding to be the first town in Connecticut to pass vernal pool protection by statute. A bitter court battle followed with the town's prerogative upheld in State supreme court. Live biological specimens will be on display prior to their release back to habitats. Marbled Salamander larva and Spotted Salamander adults as well as a host of interesting invertebrates will be on display. We will be trevassing some rough terrain.

Limit of 10 participants.

No Fee

For more information: contact Victor DeMasi at victormonarch@yahoo.com or 203-448-0106.

Field Trip 3: Highway to Greenway

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 1:00–4:00 pm

Location:  Meet at Lobby of the Hilton Stamford Hotel and carpool to the sites.

Instructors: Susan Robinson, Redding Conservation Commission, Victor DeMasi, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and Charlie Taney, Executive Director of the Norwalk River Valley Trail

Description: In the 1960s opposition to completion of America's interstate highway system materialized in the towns along Connecticut Route 7 (aka Super Seven). Bitter decades-long opposition and collapse of state funding put Super Seven on hold. Energized citizens pursued a 30-mile greenway initiative on highway purchased land. The greenway is seriously taking shape as the Norwalk River Valley Trail. No one has been more surprised than citizens that made this happen. Hear a short historical perspective by now ancient activist Victor DeMasi and then take a leisurely stroll through a 2-mile section of completed path. Share with 6000 monthly walkers a generally easy walking hike through mature growth hardwood forest.

No Fee

For more information: contact Victor DeMasi at victormonarch@yahoo.com or 203-448-0106.

Additional 2020 NENHC field trips will be listed here as they are confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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