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Highstead Hosts Avian-Related Art Exhibit


Highstead hosted an opening reception for Feathers, Nests, and Birds, a collection of avian inspired paintings by artist Linda Mirable on Saturday, May 5. During the opening, Linda described her pieces and the significance behind their designs.

Linda is co-owner of a graphics/communications firm (RavenMark) that serves environmental groups and organizations that do good for the world. Her exhibit will be on display at the Highstead Barn through June 30. Visitors are welcome to view the art Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays).

Annual Bird Walk a Success!

The Highstead bird walk took place Saturday, May 5 and was led by visiting ecologist and Editor-in-Chief of Orion magazine, Chip Blake, and Ed Faison, Highstead Senior Ecologist. While exploring the woodlands and meadows, attendees saw and heard over 39 species including bobolinks, wood thrush, orioles, and American woodcock.

During the walk, Chip created a list of birds using ebird, a mobile application from Cornell Lab of Ornithology. To create your own ebird account and submit a checklist, visit https://ebird.org/home.

Create Your Own Riparian Buffer System


A Riparian Buffer is a vegetated strip of land along waterways that protects water quality by naturally filtering pollutants and provides other environmental benefits to landowners and communities. Highstead has created a Riparian Buffer Guide designed to help homeowners plant and maintain their own riparian systems.

Click here for more information and to download the guide. Come pick up a Riparian Buffer Guide at the Highstead table during the Redding Garden Club Plant Sale at the Lonetown Farm on May 12.

Hudson to Housatonic RCP Identifies Priority Conservation Areas at All Partner Meeting


The Hudson to Housatonic (H2H) Regional Conservation Partnership held its quarterly All Partner Meeting on March 20th at Bartlett Arboretum. Over 50 H2H members came to discuss a draft member agreement, hear updates from the four working groups, and to review an updated strategic conservation map that identifies conservation priorities within the H2H landscape. Attendees participated in an interactive exercise to draw new focus areas on the map. The focus areas will direct H2H activities for the next several years and help  partners coordinate sub-regional initiatives.