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Highstead Open Day on May 5

Bird Walk: 8 – 10:30 a.m.  Join visiting ecologist and publisher Chip Blake for a walk through the diverse forest, wetlands, and meadows of Highstead as we listen and look for migrating songbirds. Boots and binoculars recommended. Meet at the Highstead Barn. Trails will be open for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Exhibit and Reception: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Highstead will host the avian-related artwork of Linda Mirabile from May 5 to June 30, 2018. Linda exhibits regularly around New England and her art is found in private collections nationally.

RSVP here as space is limited.


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.