Local wildlife topic at land trust meeting

Open to the public and free of charge, the Aspetuck Land Trust’s annual meeting and reception at the Pequot Library in Southport on June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. will feature Anthony Zemba, director of conservation services with the Connecticut Audubon Society. Mr. Zemba is also an adjunct professor of environmental science at the University of New Haven.

The subject of this year’s talk will be the Trout Brook Valley (TBV) Wildlife Study, which highlights the importance of TBV to the ecosystem.

A short business meeting will precede the speaker, and members will be asked to approve a slate of directors — Class of 2017.

Another way to learn more about the TBV Wildlife Survey in person is to join ALT board member Lisa Brodlie on the National Trails Day Hike, Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 to noon. She will lead an exploration through the heart of TBV near some of the many vernal pools.

Going through both the Crow Hill and Jump Hill areas of TBV, this strenuous three-mile hike includes the red trail, which overlooks the Saugatuck Reservoir. Experienced hikers only, and no dogs.

Ms. Brodlie is well versed in the wildlife survey findings and will also highlight the unique flora along with historical information.

Bring a water bottle and arrive before the beginning hike time. Rain date: June 2. Pre-registration is required; visit ctwoodlands.org and RSVP directly to Lisa Brodlie at [email protected]

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