May is Calling You to Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley!

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May is Calling You to Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley!

Spring Outdoors offers diversity this weekend as The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), Joshua’s Trust, CT Audubon Society, Town of Killingly, and Groton Open Space Association showcase a variety of ways that valuable conservation land can be enjoyed.

On Saturday, April 30th, starting at 9 a.m., you can “Walk the Woods for Wildlife” in the Friedman Memorial Forest on Bebbington Rd. in Ashford, CT. (Take Rte. 89 to Bicknell Rd., turn left onto Bebbington for .2 miles.) You’ll spend about 2 hours as Joshua’s Trust land stewards discuss and practice deliberately walking to maximize wildlife sightings while traversing a 2-mile loop with diverse ecosystems. Tips on how to move (or not) and how to see and hear more effectively will be included. No dogs please.

The Killingly Conservation Commission and Killingly Historical Society offer an easy way to discover many town-wide treasures during their “Back Roads ‘Undiscovered Killingly’ Bus Tour” on Saturday, April 30th, from 9 a.m. – noon. This tour will showcase plenty of conserved lands and includes history, scenic views, boat launches, and miles of walking trails.  Pre-registration is required before April 27 by contacting Darryl Guertin at 860-779-5311 or  The bus departs from Killingly Town Hall, 172 Main Street, at 9 a.m.

Start out bright and early on Sunday, May 1st at 8 a.m. with a “Beginners Bird Walk” at the CT Audubon Society Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center. If you are new to bird watching, this is a good weekend to start! Some of the colorful spring birds are back and the leaves aren’t out yet. Expect to see yellow warblers, blue-winged warblers, and black and white warblers. *Note:  Fees apply to this walk – $5 CAS members, $10 non-members.

A family-friendly “Sheep Farm Hike” finishes up the weekend at 245/255 Hazelnut Hill Rd. in Groton, and is perfect for families with children. The Sunday, May 1st walk from 1 – 3:30 p.m. features old foundations, a grist mill dam, colonial stone walls, meadows, forest, rocky ridges, 2 waterfalls, Fort Hill Brook and vernal pools!


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