Attention private landowners and residents of the Lyme Forest Block and Eightmile River Watershed! Help us conserve the land and birds you treasure.
Audubon Connecticut and many area partners invite you to learn about birds, woodlands, and watershed-friendly habitat management in your area. With the power of knowledge, you can make a difference. Please join us for the following upcoming events and invite your neighbors to take part in these learning opportunities too. Click on each event link to learn more.
- Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Walk at Sheepskin Hollow Preserve (East Haddam, CT)
- Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Walk at Lay Preserve (Old Lyme, CT)
- Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Walk at Hartman Park (Lyme, CT)
- Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Walk at Nehantic State Forest (East Lyme, CT)
- Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Walk at Zemko Pond (Salem, CT)
- Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Walk at Babcock Pond (Colchester, CT)
- Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. - It Takes a Community: Managing Connecticut's Woodlands with Birds in Mind (Salem, CT)
- Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Enhancing Habitat for Songbirds and Beneficial Insects (Lyme, CT)
- Wednesday, January 16, 2019, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Birds Bring Benefits (Old Lyme, CT)
- Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Gardening with Birds in Mind (Colchester, CT)
- Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Threats to Woodland-Nesting Birds (Niantic, CT) - Snow Date: March 18th
- Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. - What Birds Need Year-Round & Important Bird Areas (East Haddam, CT)
TALKS AND WALKS
The following education events, except for the Advocacy Workshop, will include an indoor component followed by an outdoor component. Outdoor components may include a field trip to a restoration site, a guided walk, or an exercise to familiarize participants with native plants. Participants should plan on spending roughly an hour outdoors.
- Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Advocacy 101 (Old Lyme, CT)
- Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Restoration Ecology Talk and Walk (Old Lyme, CT)
- Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Bird-Friendly Communities Talk and Walk (Salem, CT)
- Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Watershed Management Talk and Walk (Lyme, CT)
- Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Managing Woodland Habitat Talk and Walk (Colchester, CT)
- Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Invasive Plant Talk and Walk (East Haddam, CT)
EXPLORE AND RESTORE DEMONSTRATION DAYS
- Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Trail Blazing at Bulkeley Hill Preserve (Colchester, CT)
- Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Japanese Stiltgrass Management Along the Eightmile River (East Haddam, CT)
- Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Alf & Sylvia Bingham Preserve Invasive Removal (Salem, CT)
- Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Removing Invasives in Hartman Park (Lyme, CT)
- Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Removing Invasives at the Olde Field Preserve (East Haddam, CT)
Are you planning to or currently taking action to help make the Lyme Forest Block a bird-friendlier place? We want to recognize your amazing commitment to conservation. Please Take the Lyme Forest Block Stewardship Pledge.
Resources & Information - About Forest Habitat and Bird Conservation
Learn how Audubon Connecticut is working to stem the decline of forest birds through our forest conservation efforts across the state and with partners throughout the Atlantic Flyway
Sources That Offer a Selection of Native Plants
The nurseries and garden centers listed below are likely good local places to start to find native plants near the Lyme Forest Block area and in Connecticut. It's a good idea to visit their websites and call ahead to verify native stocks.
447 Winthrop Road
Deep River, CT
Holdridge Home & Garden Showplace
749 Colonel Ledyard Highway
Ledyard, CT 06339
Riggio's Garden Center
136 Westbrook Road
Essex, CT 06426
Ballek’s Garden Center
90 Maple Avenue
East Haddam, CT 06423
Ladd's Garden Center
671 Windham Road
South Windham, CT 06266
4 West Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
Broken Arrow Nursery
13 Broken Arrow Road
Hamden, CT 06518
2940 Redding Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Town & Country Nurseries
1036 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438
212 Grassy Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
518 Forest Road
Northford, CT 06472
|Search for garden centers who carry American Beauties Native Plants®|
Hart's Greenhouse & Florist
Four locations: Canterbury, Brooklyn, Norwich, and Preston, CT
Paul's & Sandy's Too, inc Hardware & Garden Center
93 East High Street
East Hampton, CT 06426
|Search for retailers who carry Summer Hill Nursery plants - a CT wholesale nursery that grows a large selection of natives|
Native Plant Sales
- Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District Native Plant Sale - Spring
- Menunkatuck Audubon Society Native Plant Sale - Spring
More About the Project
In 2016, Audubon Connecticut, in partnership with the State of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), recognized the Lyme Forest Block as a landscape-scale Important Bird Area (IBA). This 60,000-acre block includes wooded areas in six towns in southeast Connecticut (East Haddam, Colchester, Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme, and Salem) and overlays much of the Eightmile Watershed. The woodlands in this region contain habitat that is important to the Cerulean Warbler and Wood Thrush, the worldwide populations of which are declining drastically, and supports a variety of other woodland-nesting birds identified in Connecticut’s Wildlife Action Plan.
To strengthen the conservation of this area and halt bird population declines, the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project launched as a dedicated effort to engage people in the stewardship of a critical 1,200-acre area in and around the Lyme Forest Block IBA. Audubon, in collaboration with the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee (ERWSCC), the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Lyme, the Old Lyme Land Trust, the Salem Land Trust, the East Lyme Land Trust, the East Haddam Land Trust, the Colchester Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and other organizations, have joined forces to build awareness and promote stewardship of the Eightmile River, the Lyme Forest Block, and the bird species these habitats support.
This goal will be achieved through four program activities: 1) bird walks and presentations; 2) training workshops; 3) work days; and 4) a web page resource. By offering these education, training, and outreach activities, local landowners, community members, and visitors will gain an appreciation for natural resources, feel more connected with their lands, area preserves, and waterways, and actively participate in conservation efforts.
Together, the project partners and the Lyme Forest Block IBA community will bring about positive conservation results that will benefit the birds, other wildlife, and people throughout the area.
Questions: please contact Genevieve Nuttall, Audubon Connecticut Bird Conservation Programs Associate, by email.
Lyme Forest Block IBA - Bird Species of Concern
Thank You to Our Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project Partners & Funders!
- Audubon Connecticut
- Colchester Land Trust
- Connecticut College
- East Haddam Land Trust
- Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed
- Lyme Land Conservation Trust
- The Nature Conservancy
- Old Lyme Land Trust
- Salem Land Trust
- Town of Lyme