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What Stories Does a Witness Tree Tell?

What can a single tree tell us about our changing relationship with nature, and the effects of global climate change? Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Lynda Mapes, author of Witness Tree, share stories of what she learned while exploring the human and natural history of a single 100-year old oak tree. Lynda touches on the ethics of our relationship to trees in her writing, and her ability to see the “extraordinary in the ordinary of that red oak tree” reminds us all to look more closely at the living landscape around us.  Lynda is the environment reporter at the Seattle Times, author of five books, and an Associate at Harvard Forest.

Highstead Accepting Applications for Fall Conservation Internship

Highstead is seeking 2 - 3 Conservation Interns for Fall 2018. Interns will work with our Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance conservation initiatives. The paid internship will run 12 weeks, from September 24 to December 14. Applications must be received by July 30 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We seek recent graduates of Bachelors or Masters level programs with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the development and implementation of real-world land conservation strategies For more information about the internship, click here.


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.