Audubon Greenwich offers lots of free and inexpensive nature programs

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: General

Audubon to host CT NOFA’s Organic Lawn & Land Care Workshop Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:00-9:00 PM Presented by CT NOFA with Camilla Worden, Dwight Brooks, Jenna Messier, and Michael Nadeau Through simple organic practices and building a healthy soil food web, every lawn can be organic AND the envy of the neighborhood. The National Audubon Society’s Bird-friendly Communities program in Connecticut is working to provide bird-friendly havens for birds living in and migrating through our neighborhoods and parklands. The NOFA Organic Land Care Program, a program of CT NOFA, has worked to extend organic agriculture principles to yards, gardens and playing fields since 1999. These two missions come together for a great evening event on Thursday, April 3, 2014 (6:00-9:00 pm) when Audubon Greenwich and the NOFA Organic Land Care Program host parents, and homeowners, and landscapers for an Organic Lawn & Land Care workshop at Audubon Greenwich. Attendees will learn from Jenna Messier, Michael Nadeau, Camilla Worden, and Dwight Brooks – each of whom are esteemed NOFA-accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. Attendees will learn why organic land and lawn care is important for ourselves and our planet; offer practical advice on how to have an organic lawn; and introduce you to exciting and beautiful lawn alternatives to spice up your yard. – 6:00 PM: Reception, bird-friendly garden info, NOFA organic land care book sales, meet the speakers, nature gift shopping – 7:00-9:00 PM: NOFA Class (includes Q&A) $20 for CT NOFA or Audubon members or $30 for future members. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP Required. To register please visit www.organiclandcare.net or call the NOFA OLC office at (203)308-2584. LOCATION: Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 ~ 203-869-5272 *If a homeowner is seeking a landscape professional, search by zip code for a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional at www.organiclandcare.net/aolcp-search. CT NOFA EVENT CONTACT: Stephanie Berluti / Stephanie@ctnofa.org AUDUBON EVENT CONTACT: Jeff Cordulack / jcordulack@audubon.org AUDUBON’S EVENT WEBSITE: http://greenwich.audubon.org/events/april-3-experts-teach-organic-lawn-land-care-ct-nofa-audubon-greenwich

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SPRING BIRDING BEGINS Wednesday’s & Saturday’s in April & May Morning bird walks are a spring tradition. Get out & enjoy two local ‘birding’ hot spots when wood thrush, orioles, tanagers, and other Neotropical migratory birds return to the US for the nesting season. Bring binoculars &/or camera. Loaner binoculars may be available. No charge or RSVP required. Questions? Call Ted Gilman at 203-869-5272 x230. Saturdays (7:00-8:45 am): April 5, 12, 19, 26 / May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Meet in Audubon Greenwich parking area on Riversville Road. Wednesdays (7:00-8:30 am): April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / May 7, 14, 21, 28 Meet in Fairchild Wildflower Garden parking area on North Porchuck Road.

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Saturday, April 5 Early Spring Hike to Mead Lake 2:00-3:45 pm Join us as we walk to Mead Lake at the time of spring thaw to seek out colorful tree buds, early flowers and any early emerging turtles, frogs, snakes, and insects, and returning wetland and water birds. All ages. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.

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Saturday, April 5 Sustainable Seafood? – A panel discussion with chefs and experts 6:00-8:00 pm Slow Food Metro North & Audubon present a discussion about the challenges of harvesting seafood sustainably and how consumer’s choices drive demand and fishing practices. Guests will learn what the best fish options are, who serves them, and how to cook them yourself. Learn all about our esteemed seafaring panelists online. $10 per person. RSVP required to greenwichcenter@audubon.org or Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239. EVENT WEBSITE: http://greenwich.audubon.org/events/sustainable-seafood-panel-discussion-local-experts

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Wednesday, April 9 Julie Zickefoose on ‘The Bluebird Effect’ Reception: 6:30 pm Presentation: 7:30 pm The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds has grown from forty years of working with, studying, drawing and helping birds; trying to fix them when they’re broken and mothering them when they’re orphaned. Lavishly illustrated with 320 of the author’s color paintings, life sketches and drawings, The Bluebird Effect is a visual delight. www.juliezickefoose.com. All ages. $5-10/person. RSVP requested to greenwichcenter@audubon.org or Jeff at 203-869-5272 x239.

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Saturday, April 12 Ponds and Vernal Pools – Search for Frogs, Salamanders & More 2:00-3:30 pm We’ll have a brief indoor talk and then walk to our nearby vernal pool and our teaching pond to look and listen for breeding wood frogs, spring peepers, spotted salamanders, and other pond life. All ages. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.

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Saturday, April 12 Springtime Sunset and Moonlight Walk 7:45-9:15 pm Join us as we seek out the sights, sounds, and smells of a spring evening visiting field, pond, forest, and lake in search of wildlife. We will also listen overhead and look up at the moon in search of silhouettes of night-flying springtime bird migrants. Ages 7 and up. Space limited & RSVP required to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.

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Saturday, April 19 Birding Class – Birding By Ear 9:30 am-12:00 pm Indoor discussion of how and why birds vocalize, introduction to useful bird sound recordings, and outdoor walk to practice Birding By Ear skills. Ideal for adults and interested youth. Registration required. $12 adults; No Charge for youth RSVP required to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.

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Saturday, April 19 Spring Wildflower Walk 2:00-3:30 pm Come walk with us to seek out our early spring wildflowers and learn about their life histories, ecological niches and insect pollination partners. Ages 5 and up. RSVP to Ted at 203-869-5272 x230.

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April 30, 2014 Conservation Knows No Party – the 2014 Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner @ The Belle Haven Club, Greenwich 6:30-10:30 pm On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Audubon Connecticut’s annual dinner will take place at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich where we will be honoring John W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. with the Katie O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award, and George E. Pataki, former Governor of New York State, and Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Senator, with the Environmental Leadership Awards for their outstanding commitment to Audubon and their many achievements in the field of conservation. In tribute to the work of these honorees, proceeds from the Awards Dinner will benefit the improvement and expansion of Audubon Connecticut initiatives including our 2014 Flagship Programs: Urban Oases for Songbirds, 21st Century Centers of Excellence, Shorebird Conservation, Important Bird Areas. If you would like contribute towards our conservation projects or would like tickets to attend this very special, non-partisan event, contact Tiffany Witmer at 203-869-5272 x231 / twitmer@audubon.org / or visit the event website: http://greenwich.audubon.org/events/environmental-leadership-awards-dinner

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Saturday, April 26 DOCUMENTARY FILM: ‘Unacceptable Levels’ In the Cole Auditorium in the Greenwich Library 6:00-9:00 pm Presented by Brown Saddle Films, Audubon Greenwich, Clean Water Action Connecticut, and other local groups concerned about the silent chemical pollutants that seep into our lives. This discussion and award-winning film by Ed Brown will help explain the complex challenges and solutions for adults and children. Learn more about common chemicals, how their effects can be more profound on children than on adults, and how the Conn. General Assembly’s Children’s Committee has proposed legislation, “An Act Concerning Children’s Products and Chemicals of High Concern,” which, if passed, could authorize studies that will guide recommendations to protect children. This event is suitable for adults and interested youth. Location: Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library (101 W Putnam Ave). Call Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239 with questions and RSVPs are appreciated to greenwichcenter@audubon.org.

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