Naromi Land Trust  
Forever. Sherman. 
May 2019
                                               Vol. 10, Issue 6 

Glossy Ibis at Wimisink Preserve - Photo by Tim Clark
In This Issue
Annual Bird Walk
Special Meeting Reminder
Passport to Parks
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Members, Friends and Neighbors,
We hope with the nicer weather that you will venture out onto our preserves.  As a small organization without maintenance or stewardship staff, it can be difficult to reach all of our preserves in a timely fashion.  If you happen to find any sticks or branches along the path, please move them to the side for the person coming on the trail behind you.  If you find anything that you cannot move, see any type of violation like ATV usage or dumping, please call us at 860-354-0260 or email office@naromi.org so we can address it.  Thank you!

As always, protect yourself against ticks, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and go outside to experience the work that Naromi has completed over the last 50 years!  It is here for you to enjoy! 

We hope to see you at a Special Meeting on May 18. After the official business, we'll have an opportunity to visit and enjoy refreshments by Bonni Manning Catering.

Amanda Branson,  Executive Director
Annual Bird Walk - Sunday May 12
Photo by Dennis Larkin
This walk has become a treasured Sherman birding tradition.  The walk will be led by Angela Dimmitt, an expert birder, who can often call in the shy species.   
 
She will tell us what species we are hearing and where to look to see it. We have seen and/or heard more that 30 different species.  
 
Meet at 7:30 am at the Wimisink Preserve - park in the new parking area near the Wimisink Boardwalk (along the west side of Route 39 just south of the intersection with Route 55). We will spend time on the Boardwalk overlooking the Wimisink swamp for the beavers, ducks and birds of the wetlands.  Then the group will car pool to one of Naromi's woodland preserves to find the birds, which like the upland open fields and woods.
 
Birds are most vocal in the Spring and more easily seen before the trees are fully leafed out. Almost every year we see the lovely Indigo Bunting at the Strauss preserve.
 
The walking will be slow and easy, so anyone can join.  Bring binoculars if you have them and a bird book if you wish. As always, wear sturdy shoes, bring water/snack, take precautions against ticks, and last but not least, let us know you are coming!
 
SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please RSVP to reserve your spot at office@naromi.org or call 860-354-0260
Special Meeting Reminder - Saturday May 18
A reminder of the upcoming Special Meeting of Members on May 18, 2019 at 5 pm at Charter Hall in Sherman.  
 
This meeting is to vote on an updated Certificate of Incorporation and, of course, to gather together with friends.  
 
You can find the agenda, proposed changes, and proxy forms on our website.

After the Special Meeting stay to enjoy delicious refreshments (catered by Bonni Manning!), the company of good friends and neighbors, to hear updates about Naromi's work, and to toast the season!

Please let us know by May 12th if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly - call 860-354-0260 or email office@naromi.org.

CT DEEP Passport to Parks
As we get closer to summer, it'll soon be time for picnics! Luckily, Connecticut residents can now save a little money doing just that.   
 
In 2018, Connecticut created the Passport to Parks program. Through a small fee on DMV registrations and renewals, cars with Connecticut plates can now access state parks free of charge!  
 
From swimming to camping, from the ocean to the mountains, Connecticut is blessed with a wide variety of parks and forests. Find a park at CT DEEP's website or even try the 2019 " Sky's the Limit Hiking Challenge."