A nice peaceful day on Sherwood Island for our Purple Martins, several of whom have flying insects in their mouths, ready to feed their babies nestled in our very special bird houses–er, gourds.

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A slight disruption, however, as Tina Green brings one of the Gourd structures down to earth.


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Tina expertly supervises the extraction and categorizing of the baby chicks.







The chicks are put into special buckets, which are labeled with their nest numbers, and brought up to the Nature Center to be (painlessly) banded, registered and weighed–all in the name of science and conservation.

You can see Darcy Sledge’s incredible videos here:

https://youtu.be/0mzz0iYLFO4   Birds get banded
https://youtu.be/xBQTvl9NiS4     Birds get catalogued
https://youtu.be/CspaZvWJKho    Birds get weighed



















After all the work is done–it takes a long time!–everyone gathered for snacks and roll-ups from Roly Poly.






AND THANKS! To our wonderful DEEP wildlife biologists Laurie Fortin and Brian Hess–and their volunteers.

Not to mention THANKS to Tina and our Nature Center Interns.

And a special thanks also to Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation at CT Audubon Society, for helping our dream of bringing Purple Martins to Sherwood Island to become reality. In fact, we have a big event coming up next Sunday, July 14 featuring a slide show presentation on Purple Martins by Miley:


Purple Martins Presentation with Milan Bull

Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island.


We had a BEAUTIFUL day for the Nature Center’s 10th Birthday celebration Saturday.

The Friends of Sherwood Island, who collected funds and lobbied and pushed for the creation of the Nature Center were excited to host a Birthday Party at the Nature Center this Saturday afternoon.

The guests – the focus of our celebration – were the children who come to the Park and enjoy the Nature Center during the summer season when the Park and Nature Center are at their finest.

Their parents were greeted by our NEW electronic sign:



So in honor of the kids:

We had KITES, KITES and more KITES

–Kids made their own BIRD FEEDERS




–and they blew giant BUBBLES


–and painted SHELLS



–And played CORNHOLE and DISC GOLF



–And had free CUPCAKES, POPCORN, and ICEYs


AND they were able to actually plant a seed (nasturtium) into its own cup of dirt to take home and grow themselves.



–AND, most of all, learned about nature–both inside the Nature Center,



and outside, underneath the Park’s huge Cottonwood tree, with a wild and wonderful “Birds of Prey” demonstration from Earthplace’s Sammi Riccio.

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THANKS to Sherwood Island’s staff and families for their expertise and help!




All in all, a WONDERFUL DAY in the Westport Neighborhood!










Here’s what WE did on Sherwood Island!


CT TRAILS DAY 2019 at Sherwood Island State Park, Sat. June 1st

Events Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island


9:00 am Kayak Paddle with Michele Sorensen






10:00amWonder of Flight Interactive Air Show

Annual Wonder of Flight Interactive Air Show: informative and fun.The Air Show will include numerous giant scale radio controlled model planes, helicopters, gliders and drones, some with wing spans exceeding ten feet. The Air Show is hosted by the Country Squires, a group of remote controlled aircraft enthusiasts registered with Academy of Model Aeronautics.




12:30 amArchaeology Walk

Join us for an Archaeology Walk on the Sherwood Island History Trail.The walk will be led by Archaeologists Ernie Wiegand and Dawn Brown.

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Photos by Gene Borio

Photo by Erica Caldwell


2:00Nature Walk

Discover Sherwood Island! Go beach to beach and discover habitats, inhabitants, and special features (9/11 Memorial, model Airport, wetlands, pine forest) of this waterfront Gateway park.  With Louis Pietig.


Adam Goodman spotted it just about to take off–and got a video! You can see it on our facebook page here: