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.
Land Trust News
Trust for Public Land Preserve Hike
Join the TPL and members of the OSLT board for a hike in the 1,000 acre Preserve, Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 am or noon. This is a family-friendly hike 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.
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.
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
Documented 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.