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2017 Trails Day – Barn Island Wildlife Management Area

June 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Barn Island Wildlife Management Area
Pawcatuck, CT 06379
David Kozak, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Birdwatching and wildlife viewing at Barn Island. (Photo by Sibel Güner)

Come explore the natural and cultural history of what the renowned conservation biologist the late Dr. William Niering called ‘the finest wild area in Connecticut. We’ll learn about Barn Island’s coastal forest and saltmarshes including some of the seminal saltmarsh restoration and research conducted here. We’ll also learn the story of Venture Smith (1729-1805), an original American hero, African captive and American slave who bought his freedom partly by farming land within what is today the Barn Island Wildlife Management Area.

Leader(s): David Kozak,Marta Daniels, public historian
Total Distance (miles): 2.5
Meeting Place: Barn Island Demonstration Garden Overlook Area on Palmer Neck Road 1,000 feet before State boat launch parking area.
Rain date: Sunday, June 4, 2017 – 2:00pm
Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

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