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- by E.A. Zimmerman

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day, you have plenty of choices this year.  For details on each event and links for more info, see below.  All are open to the public.

Raptorama, April 17 at Horizon Wings in AshfordTop 10 Ways to Green the Planet April 23, talk in EastfordEarth Day and the Land, ECFLA/WDLT April 25, forest walk, dinner and entertainment in HamptonWalk & Compost for Kids, April 20 in AshfordEarth Day Clean-ups in Thompson (April 10), Pomfret (April 17) and Putnam (April 24) ECCD Spring Seedling & Plant Sale April 23 and 24 in Brooklyn Sustainable Agriculture Film Fest, April 22 at UCONN • Last Green Valley office open house • Walks at Bafflin on Tuesdays and Thursdays, PomfretEducational Series at Sprucedale Gardens

Mary-Beth Kaeser and Athena of Horizon Wings
Peregrine Falcons are reportedly the fastest animals on earth, reaching speeds close to 200 mph during a dive. Athena, held here by wildlife rehabber Mary-Beth Kaeser, was injured and cannot fly well enough to be released into the wild. Kaeser and her husband Alan Nordell operate Horizon Wings, a non-profit raptor rehab center in Ashford, where you can see owls, hawks and more on April 17th.
Photo by Joe Chapuis.

Saturday April 17, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education
9 Sandhill Road, Ashford, CT, rain or shine.  
Info at horizonwings.org/Earthday2010.html
See birds of prey, including Julian the Raven of YouTube fame, and participate in educational programs, storytelling, arts and crafts, dissect owl pellets, face painting, raffle.  Admission with donation of your choice.  No pets please.  

Friday April 23
7 p.m., Eastford Town Office, sponsored by the Eastford Democratic Town Committee. 
Join me (Bet Zimmerman) for a PowerPoint talk on ten empowering and positive changes individuals and communities can make to help protect the environment.   

Sunday April 25, 3:30 p.m.
Eastern CT Forest Landowners Association/Wolf Den Land Trust, East Old Route 6, Hampton. 
Info at http://www.ecfla.org/events.htm, or call Jeff at 860.546.9357

  • At 3:30 pm: Forester Steve Broderick leads a easy/moderate 90 minute walk through the Rad Ostby Memorial Forest full of wetlands, archeological sites, glacial influences and tree and shrub diversity.  
  • At 5:30 pm meet at Hampton Grange for a homemade dinner of soup, pasta, local beef and turkey chili, vegetarian sandwiches, locally-baked breads and desserts.
  • At 7:30 pm: entertainment at the Grange by Woodstock's banjo and fiddle player and Woodstock resident Jeff Davis; West Hartford Bluesman Eric Paridine; and folk music by the Rusty Implements. Ostby walk is free of charge. $20 donation for dinner and concert.  Reservations by mail - tickets held at the door.    

Tuesday April 20, 10 a.m.
Bakerwoods Farm, 513 Bebbington Road, Ashford. 
Info: Nancy 860.487.1276
Interactive demonstration on building a worm box to recycle garbage into compost.  Directions provided, including what to feed worms.  Children will also take a walk and dig worms.  Homeschoolers are welcome. Donations appreciated.


  • THOMPSONSaturday April 10, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., West Thompson Lake, Thompson, U.S. Army Corps.  Info Michelle 860.923.2982 - pre-registration encouraged
    Meet at the West Thompson Lake picnic shelter (East side shelter) off Reardon Road near campground.  Light refreshments (cofee, juice and donuts) available during group registration from 8-9 a.m. Volunteers are invited for a pizza lunch at the shelter following event. Please bring work gloves.
  • French River cleanup originally scheduled for 04/24 has been cancelled due to high water.
  • POMFRET Saturday April 17, 7:30- 11 a.m..  Info Nancy 860.974.1757.
    Roadside cleanup throughout the day.  Pick up vest and bags at the Pomfret Community School.  Bagged garbage will be picked up by town road crew.
  • PUTNAM Saturday April 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Putnam Business Association at www.putnambusiness.org. Town-wide cleanup making Putnam a nicer place to live.  Meet at Rotary Park in front of bandstand at 10 a.m. Bring reusable water bottle and gloves, bags will be provided. Refreshments provided after clean up.. Festival 12-4 p.m. downtown putnam. Exhibitors for Environmentally Friendly/Green Business contcat Dot Burnworth (Sawmill Pottery) at dot@sawmillpottery.com if interested.

Friday April 23 from 1 - 6 p.m., and
Saturday April 24
, 9 a.m. - noon.
Info:  Kate at 860.887.4163x400 between 9 and 3.
ECCD annual plant sale at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds.  The pre-ordering period is closed, but extra items are available, including native woodland plants.   

Thursday April 22
– 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Calendar at www.tlgv.org/resources/calendar.html
Visit the Last Green Valley office 111 Main Street in Danielson. The first 200 visitors to the office get a free reusable shopping bag with info on  what you can do to enjoy and preserve The Last Green Valley.  

Thursday April 22
, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
at the UCONN Student Union Theatre in Storrs.  
Schedule and details at www.lib.uconn.edu/about/news/film_festival.html or 860.486.1406. 
Showing Fresh, Fridays on the Farm, Good Food, The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Speaker Rick Harmanot, Ekonk Turkey Hill Farm.  Free.

Early Morning Bird Walks at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and Sunday, April 25.
Calendar at www.ctaudubon.org/calendar/index.php. Info 860.928.4948
189 Pomfret St. (Rte.169) Pomfret Center.
Andy Rzeznikiewicz points out various bird species.  Bafflin is 1,600+ acres of protected land. Wear drab-colored clothing & bring binoculars or a spotting scope.
Fee: Free for CAS Members, $5 Non-members.
Thursday Morning Walks 8:30 a.m. through April 29. Weds. April 21, 8:30 a.m.
Fran Baranski and other Audubon volunteers lead weekly walks at Bafflin Sanctuary and Wyndham Land Trust properties. Visit different locations each week.
Free for CAS Members, $3 Non-Members.

EDUCATIONAL SERIES AT SPRUCEDALE GARDENS.  $5.00 fee for each class.  Pre-register by calling 860.974.0045. Info at http://www.sprucedalegardens.com/Main/whatsnew.aspx. If you shop at Sprucedale Gardens at 20 East Quasset Road in Woodstock on Friday, April 24, a portion of their sales will be donated to the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret.

  • PLANNING AND PREPARING YOUR GARDEN- Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  and Saturday, April 17, 10 -11 a.m.          
  • VEGETABLE GROWING AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE – Tuesday April 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday April 24, 10-11 a.m.
  • GROWING BLUEBERRIES AND SMALL FRUITS-Saturday, May 1, 11:00 a.m. -noon          
    NATIVE PLANTS Saturday, May 1, 9-10 a.m.
  • RAIN GARDENS Saturday, May 1, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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Originally published in the Villager newspapers on April 9, 2010

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