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                                                                                               March  2019
                                                                                         Vol. 10, Issue 3      
In This Issue
Vernal Pool Events
Green Drinks
LWCF Reauthorization
Cooper's Hawk
Animal Tracker
Naromi Properties
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Members, Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you have enjoyed some of Naromi's preserves this winter. Hiking after a snowfall searching for tracks, snowshoing across Hadlow and stopping for a quick walk on the Wimisink Boardwalk are easy ways to soak up the sun while there is snow on the ground.  Keep your eyes peeled for at Wimisink for three wood duck boxes installed in February by dedicated volunteer James Wistman.  Be sure to look for these shy beauties last the weather warms up.  I hope you can join us for a 3 part series on vernal pools to usher in the start of Spring.  See details below.

If you have not made your annual contribution to Naromi Land Trust yet, we hope that you will support our ongoing efforts to maintain and protect the rural character of Sherman that you have come to know and love.   We do not receive any funding from the town of Sherman. We work hard all year long to ensure we are in compliance with the promises we have made to our land donors, plan for projects and identify ways to improve our trails as well as pursue other opportunities to expand our extensive 64 parcel holding portfolio!  1500 acres is a lot to keep track of and we do it all to keep Sherman just the way it is for generations to come.

Thank you!

Amanda Branson
Executive Director
Spring is Coming - Vernal Pool Events with Great Hollow
The groundhog said we would have an early spring this year.  So, it's not too early to start listening for the sounds of Spring!

Mark your calendars for the following events.  Great for the entire family!  All programs led by Great Hollow naturalist John Foley.

Vernal Pool Series Part I (Presentation)
Saturday, March 30 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm - 
Learn about the characteristics of vernal pools, how to identify them, and the natural history of the unique species that depend on them. We'll also discuss the conservation challenges facing these special habitats and how to adequately protect them from development and other threats. Free for members; a suggested donation of $5 per person for non-members is greatly appreciated.  Presentation at Great Hollow Nature Center.

Vernal Pool Series Part 2 (Hike)
Spotted Salamander Saturday, April 13 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
A fun hike to two vernal pools to learn about what's known as "The Big Night". With our flashlights in hand, we will search for salamanders, wood frogs, and egg masses. The date is tentative because weather conditions need to be just right (light rain with temperatures in the mid to high 40s), but with any luck, you'll get to witness the yearly mass migration of spotted salamanders and wood frogs. We will meet at the White Silo Winery in Sherman(32 Route 37) and then carpool just up the street to the Naromi Land Trust's Towner Hill Preserve. The hike is somewhat steep in some sections. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp, rain gear, and sturdy boots. Kid friendly and recommended! No dogs, please. Reserve a space and sign up to receive updates about the date and time by emailing John at jfoley@greathollow.org. Free for members and non-members.

Vernal Pool Series Part 3 (Hike)
Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 - 12:00 am
Join Great Hollow Nature Preserve and the Naromi Land Trust for a guided hike to witness the spring migration and breeding of wood frogs. Every spring, wood frogs emerge from hibernation underground and migrate as much as half a mile to their unique and ephemeral breeding habitats, known as vernal pools. We'll hike up to the vernal pools at the top of the Towner Hill Preserve in Sherman to see wood frogs in action and listen to their chorus of mating calls. The hike is moderately difficult and includes a fairly short, but steep uphill walk. Kid friendly and recommended!  We will meet at the White Silo Winery parking lot (32 Route 37 East, Sherman, CT) and carpool just up the street to the Towner Hill Preserve's trail head.  Please register in advance by emailing John at  jfoley@greathollow.org. Space is very limited, and please, no dogs. Free for members and non-members.
  
Green Drinks at Housatonic River Brewing March 21
Green Drinks is Litchfield County's monthly happy-hour for environmentalists , providing opportunities to make connections and exchange news about conservation initiatives, local farming, land use, and more. 

All are welcome, no reservations or RSVP necessary.

Date:  Thursday, March 21
Time:  5 to 7 PM
Address:  30 Kent Road, New Milford, CT

Details:  Beer will be available for purchase and light food and refreshments 
will be served.
Land & Water Conservation Fund Receives Permanent Reauthorization
On February 12 2019, the Senate voted to permanently reauthorize the Land & Water Conservation Fund.  And, this week,our House of Representatives have also passed this bill!  This is a huge win for our environment and for local land trusts such as Naromi.  This makes Bill 363-62 ready to become a law!  

Around the same year that Naromi came into existence, the Land & Water Conservation Fund was established to provide critical funding for land and water conservation projects, access to recreation including hunting and fishing, and the continued historic preservation of our nation's iconic landmarks from coast-to-coast.  This includes OSWA funding that Naromi has received in the past, and hopes to receive in the future, to help fund acquisition and conservation easement projects.

The interesting part of this legislative act is that LWCF does not use any taxpayer dollars - it is funded using a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments.  And, by permanently reauthorizing this funding, LWCF can keep its focus on conservation rather than the paperwork required to continue receiving this funding.

For more information about this fund and the legislation that was passed click HERE!
Cooper's Hawk 
Dennis Larkin captured this beautiful adult Cooper's Hawk after it had a successful hunt for food.  These beautiful, medium sized hawks have a wing span between 24.4 - 35" wingspan.  Dennis was also able to capture some of this exchange in video.  If you are interested, please click HERE to go to our Naromi News page.
                 
Annual Winter Animal Track Tracker!