Exploration at New Haven's (Dinosaur) Quarry Update

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Earth Loyalty & Bioregional Practice

New Haven Bioregional Group
Connecting New Haveners 
to Their Life-Place
Since 2005

 Exploration at New Haven's (Dinosaur) Quarry

225 E. Grand Avenue, New Haven

Saturday, February 24, 10:30 AM

We are continuing our exploration of lesser-known New Haven parks and preserves. Quarry Park Preserve is a beautiful, unique and infrequently explored woodland area in Fair Haven Heights that used to have extensive quarrying operations for more than 200 years. It is also known as the site where Othniel C. Marsh, the legendary 19c Yale paleontologist and 'fossil hunter' looked for late Triassic dinosaur fossils, including an important specimen of Aetosaurus Arcuatus which is still in the Yale Peabody Museum collection. (The exact location where this specimen was found in 1896 -- by local quarryman Freeman Clark, who then notified O.C. Marsh -- was actually lost and then re-discovered on a Bioregional Group hike in 2008!) The park is narrow but quite long, extending all the way from Grand Avenue south to near Jepson School, and features interesting history and topography as well as remains of the old quarrying operations. The main quarry area is a spectacular cirque of 40-foot brownstone cliffs where you can often see hawks, coyotes, foxes and other wildlife. 

The walk will be led by Tracy Blanford, leader of Friends of Quarry Park, and by Aaron Goode of the Bioregional Group ([email protected]). We are also very excited to have earth scientist Dr. Daniel May (https://www.newhaven.edu/faculty-staff-profiles/daniel-may.php) joining us to provide geological expertise!

We will be meeting in the parking lot of the New Haven Friends (Quaker) Meeting House at 10:30am. If the parking lot is full, you can park on the street along East Grand Ave. 

Leashed dogs are ok.

PLEASE NOTE: This won't be an exact repeat of the Bioregional walk at Quarry Park in January 2023 -- we plan to go farther into the park and see some additional quarrying areas -- so whether or not you went on the previous walk, you are in for a treat!

Earth Loyalty & Bioregional Practice

Selected Writings of Fred Cervin
by New Haven - Quinnipiac Bioregional Group, 2015
Publisher: New Haven Bioregional Publications
ISBN 978-0-9908460-0-0
90 pages, 9"x 6" format $12
From the book's preface by Mark Mitsock:
"Fred Cervin believed that the relation of the human species to the natural world is in a state of crisis, and that this crisis has both a practical and spiritual dimension. The practical and the spiritual are typically thought to operate on separate planes, but in Fred's vision they 
are seamlessly blended ..."
It's obviously from his very first poem "Three Medicine Songs" that Fred Cervin was a dedicated bioregionalist and activist who walked his talk.
In 2005 he co-founded the New Haven Bioregional Group in his local New Haven, Connecticut to put his ideas into action. Fred died in August 2013, but the Group is carrying on his work and perpetuating Cervin's life-place ideas and actions by producing this book of his writings for all of us and future generations.
Again and again throughout Earth Loyalty & Bioregional Practice, Cervin is resolute in his dedication to honoring the Earth and living in harmony with ALL of its occupants. In his Earth Loyalty As A Spiritual Orientation / Queen of My Heart he strongly urges everyone to make a vow to the Earth to live with love, consideration and respect in each of our places 
as he does in his. 
Cervin's poems are lyrical and filled with his heartfelt connection with the land, they strongly flow together in clearly presenting a variety of vitally important aspects of his life view. In his prose, he provides his thoughts on the critical state of the environment and its causes while also offering solutions, i.e. from growing one's own food to redefining our sense of who we are as humans, to reestablishing mutually beneficial relationships with the Earth 
and everyone inhabiting the planet to rebuilding and maintaining strong communities in which communication, cooperation...as well as good home grown meals...are engaged in 
and shared by all community members.
The context of Cervin's poems and prose resides in his awareness of and distress at the current state of the planet and how Earth continues to be plundered by profit-seeking individuals and corporations. This is Fred Cervin's wake up call to all of us to step back from our consumerism and reconnect with Mother Earth who freely provides everything 
that we need. It is an urgent plea on his part and well worth our focused attention and 
active participation.
by Jean Lindgren
Reprinted here with the permission of Planet Drum PULSE where this 
review originally appeared in their Spring/Summer 2016 issue.
Planet Drum, PO Box 31251, SF, CA 94131 

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