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
Thanks to the 85 or so people who came out (and even missed some of the UCONN men's basketball game) to hear Chris Cryder's presentation during our Annual Meeting on March 30. We appreciated the use of the Grace Episcopal Church Hall, it was a perfect venue. Visit this site (oslt.org) and preserve1000acres.com for the lastest updates and information about the ongoing effort to permanently preserve this unique property.
This photo was taken by Judy Preston, and shows the audience listening to Kate Brown of the Trust for Public land provide and update on preservation efforts.
April hikes in the Preserve
The property is not generally open to the public, but The Trust for Public Land has access with permission as they work with local groups, including the OSLT, to make the permanent protection of this large tract of coastal forest a reality.
Public Forum April 25
Click this link for an article about the purchase agreement: http://shorelinetimes.com/articles/2013/11/09/news/doc527bdce2c6686640562329.txt
Photo proof that spring will come
Frogs taken 3/22/14 Town Park, by Laurel Friedmann
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.