Welcome to the Old Saybrook Land Trust
Old Saybrook, with its wealth of natural resources, is a beautiful place to live and to visit. The estuary of the Connecticut River has been both nationally and internationally recognized for its ecological significance, provides habitat for a number of rare and endangered species and is an important stopover for migrating waterfowl, as well as a critical spawning area for fish. Rich tidal wetlands fringe the town’s southern boundary along Long Island Sound, with two tidal river systems providing additional significant habitat. No less important are the forested uplands of the town, a complex of rocky outcrops interspersed with rich inland wetland habitat.
The Old Saybrook Land Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization. Our mission is to preserve open space and protect the town's valuable natural resources for the benefit of the general public.
Land Trust News
Slide Show and Presentation by Chris Cryder March 30, 4 pm to 6 pm, Grace Episcopal Church, Main Street, Old Saybrook. Free admission and refreshments. The OSLT Annual Meeting follows the program.
*******Feb. 8 hike RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 8, Same details as below******************
(From Chris Cryder)
Since November, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and The Old Saybrook Land Trust collectively have sponsored 3 hikes in the 1,000 acre forest known as “The Preserve” and we've had over 330 hikers from Old Saybrook and around the region learn about, and enjoy, the trails the 1,000 acre forest! To see the most recent article in The Day about the hikes and the conservation effort click here. These hikes have generally been leisurely hikes. But recently we have had the request for a longer, more rigorous hike. So, we are doing just that!
March hikes in the Preserve offered by the Trust for Public Land
Join the TPL, members of the OSLT, AsaP and others for one of two hikes in the 1,000 acre Preserve, Saturday, March 22, 10 am or noon. These are family-friendly hikes at a leisurely pace with time for questions and to take in the unique features of the coastal forest. The trails are clear, but can be rocky, and possibly snowy, so sturdy footwear is recommended. This is not a strenuous hike, but there are a few hilly sections.
Hikers will gather at the M&J Bus lot, across from Pasta Vita on Ingham Hill Road in Old Saybrook to ride a shuttle to the trail. This is a free event.
The property is not generally open to the public, but The Trust for Public Land has access with permission as they work with other local groups, and the OSLT, to make the permanent protection of this large tract of coastal forest a reality.
Click this link for an article about the purchase agreement: http://shorelinetimes.com/articles/2013/11/09/news/doc527bdce2c6686640562329.txt
For more information about the Trust for Public Land, visit their website: http://www.tpl.org/
Stewardship Work Parties
The OSLT sponsored a great kayak paddle trip in August. It was agreed that more paddling trips should be scheduled for 2014. Stay tuned for scheduling information as it becomes available.
Sound Waters Sail
A second annual educational and scenic sail with Sound Waters took place in August 2013 from Saybrook Point Marina. This was a great event, and we look forward to another informative and enjoyable evening next summer. Information will be available here as available.
Field notes from OSLT's "Nature Guy" and friends
January 2014 Notable Sightings
1/5 was our Christmas Bird Count-worst weather we have ever had in 14 years of doing this but we still got 75 species in freezing rain ,fog and sleet. Lots of Eagles everywhere and a great collection of ducks in South Cove, including Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, hundreds of Gadwall and Ruddy Ducks (the little guys with the pointy tails).
1/15 Seals are back! 16 today seen on the rocks at Town Beach. They should be there from now on, any sunny day at low tide. Eagles are everywhere, the best winter in years to see them. Great ducks still in South Cove. A very uncommon Red-Necked Grebe (not a Red-Neck Grebe that I posted once!) was seen right in front of mini –golf at the Point. Snowy Owls are still in around. One has regularly been seen at the boat ramp on Smith Neck Road in Old Lyme , returning to roost on one of the osprey platforms late afternoons.
November/December 2013 Notable Bird Sightings
November 2013 Notable Sightings
11/2- PEREGRINE FALCON- under Baldwin Bridge. I haven’t seen these guys in a while but I haven’t really looked. I know they were around all last winter into the late spring.
11/2- NORTHERN GANNETT- from Harvey’s Beach. Very distant views. Saw them again 11/3. They should be around now for awhile. They are following the large migrating schools of menhaden that are moving through the Sound. In years past, I have seen 75-100 at a time, very close to our shore in Old Saybrook, flying in lines very similar to the flight patterns of Pelicans .
11/3- JUNCO- First of season at Gardiner’s Landing. - HERMIT THRUSH-also at Gardiner’s Landing, thanks to Kristofer Rowe.
Others-GOLDEN-EYE, BRANT, GREEN-WINGED TEAL all seen from South Cove Causeway.
11/9-NORTHERN GANNETT- about 75 seen very far out at Town Beach.
11/10- Hundreds of ducks at South Cove, best seen at low tide from the public access at the end of Atlantic Ave. 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 30 GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, etc.
11/15-12/7-Great collection of ducks at Maynard’s pond today(Ingham Hill Road)-EURASIAN WIGEON(Photo by Hank Golet), AM. WIGEON,LESSER SCAUP,RUDDY DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, RING-NECK DUCK, GADWALL,PIED-BILLED GREBE, AM. COOT, BLACK DUCK, MALLARD. Public parking is available right across from Maynard’s Greenhouses on Ingham Hill Road. Walk back towards McDonalds and follow the power lines in to the back of the pond for better views. (please go quietly so you don’t flush them-This time of year all birds are trying to conserve their energy reserves.)
Rare birds presently nearby in CT.
12/8 SNOWY OWLS are being found all over New England. One was seen 2 weeks ago in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook and just this weekend one was spotted along Rt 9 in Essex. There are 1-2 birds at Hammonasett. Keep an eye out for these fantastic birds.(Photo by Hank Golet)
12/8 An extremely rare bird from South America, the FORK TAILED FLYCATCHER, is presently at the Hadlyme Ferry Landing Parking Lot adjacent to Gillette Castle. Some theorize that these rare birds sometimes show up because their “magnetic compasses” flip 180 degrees. (Photo by Anders Ogren)
Click here to see the monthly list of the birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, plants and other living things that live in or pass through Old Saybrook, and where to spot them.