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Cheshire Offering Nature-Related Events Around Earth Day

April 20, 2011 by Special To The ...

With Earth Day is scheduled for the end of the week, nature enthusiasts in the area will have a wide variety of events from which to choose. The Cheshire Environmental Planning Department is offering the following activities for those interested:
State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni to Discuss Native American Archaeology in Connecticut
Native American Archaeology in Connecticut will be presented at the Cheshire Public Library on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni will speak about the Native American sites he has examined throughout the state. Dr. Bellantoni serves as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at the University of Connecticut. His duties are many, but primarily include the preservation of archaeological sites in the state. His research background is the analysis of skeletal remains from eastern North America. He has been excavating in Connecticut for over 30 years. This program is sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and the Cheshire Public Library.
Register in advance online at cheshirelibrary.org, or call (203) 272-2245, ext. 4.
Connecticut Songbirds
Go beyond the birdfeeder and learn how to support our winged neighbors in the public lecture: Supporting CT's Migratory Songbirds Through Rehabilitation, Reducing Negative Impacts, and Bird-Scaping. This program will be held on April 27, 2011 at 7p.m. at the Cheshire Public Library and will be conducted by Jayne Amico from the Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary located in Southington. This one hour program is chock full of information including beautiful photos and videos of birds receiving rehabilitation at the sanctuary.
Videos of various bird species receiving rehabilitation at this local facility can be viewed at http://www.therecoverywing.org/
Hosted by the Cheshire Environment Commission. For further information, please contact Suzanne Simone, Environmental Planner, ssimone@cheshirect.org, (203) 271-6670.
Casertano Trail Day
Please join the Cheshire Environment Commission on Saturday April 30th in conducting trail maintenance on this 89-acre parcel of open space property in west Cheshire. The highlight of this property is the uninterrupted view of the Meriden traprock ridge. Participants will be introduced to the property by a brief property walk at 9:00 a.m., followed by trail maintenance from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Tools, material and instruction will be provided.
Hosted by the Cheshire Environment Commission. Directions will be provided with registration. Please contact Suzanne Simone, Environmental Planner, ssimone@cheshirect.org, (203) 271-6670.
Bat Chat: The Ecology of Bats
Bat Chat will be presented at the Cheshire Public Library on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m.
The guest speaker, Geraldine Griswold, is Director of Administration and Development at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Connecticut. Griswold is a wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in bats.
Connecticut is home to eight different types of bats. Bats play an important role in our planet’s ecosystem. They are the number one controller of night flying insects worldwide. In addition, they are primary pollinators and seed dispersers.
Ms. Griswold often brings live bats to her presentations, depending upon conditions.
This program is sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and the Cheshire Public Library. Please register in advance online at cheshirelibrary.org, or call (203) 272-2245, ext. 4.

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