They followed trails by Land, by Sea and by Air–


To learn of Nature, Archeology and Aerodynamics–


To observe Birds, Biplanes and Bivalves–


Sherwood Island was filled with Trail-seekers this Saturday, June 4.

(PSST: Writers and Photographers: you can submit stories about your hike, and even photos here.)

Today, on National Trails Day, we should humbly (proudly!) note that CT had more events than any other state; and, I believe, Sherwood Island had more events than any other location. Certainly, it had the widest variety; to wit:


A Morning Bird Walk with noted photographer A.J. Hand

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What was really special about the walk was that every time we heard a bird call, Tina Green (in the pink, long-sleeved shirt), would reproduce the sound and tell us what bird was making it(!)



The Purple Martin nests–2 of which were donated by Phil Donohue–are always intriguing:





Sea Trails: Kayak the Sound with Michele Sorensen




And if you look in the distance below, past the geese and past the kayaks, you can see Cedar Point’s Regatta!




Air Trails: Experience the Wonder of Flight with the Country Squire Modelers






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Archaeology: Take a Walk through Ancient History with Cece Saunders


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Nature: Take a Walk through the Wonders of the Park with Louis Pietig







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CONGRATS and THANKS to all the CT Trails Day sponsors, including the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. And to all the Friends of Sherwood Island Board Members and Earthplace volunteers who helped make it all happen here on Sherwood Island:


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And THANKS to the Nature Center Staff:


The Interns and the Parks Dept’s Ronnie Tella:


Our Nature Center Director, John Curry:




Oh, and keep in mind that when we say Nature Center, we really mean it!



And a big THANKS to Parks Department Supervisor, Jim Beschle (here in discussion at the air field with big-time Sherwood Island supporter State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28th District)). (Long-time Supporter State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District) also attended the air show.)





For more info, see:


All our pics on Flickr!

— Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s site

–The National Hiking Society’s June 4 National Trails Day site.

–Our entry at the Long Island Sound Study’s site.

And yes, Connecticut had the most events of all 50 states–by far!

PS: Writers and Photographers: you can submit stories about your hike, and even photos here.


From Left, Sheila O’Neill, Erica Caldwell, (Park Supervisor Jim Beschle), Don Lord, Cathy Talmadge, Gene Borio, Liz-Ann Koos, Alison Rivard, Chris Schofield, Luise Bianco, Michele Sorensen, Nicole Dienst, Julie Wheeler, Craig Patton. Missing: David Bliss

Local politicians showed their support at the Friends of Sherwood Island Annual Meeting. 

Below, 1st Selectman Jim Marpe (D-4th District) (with new Friends’ board member Cathy Talmadge, Board of Trustees, EarthPlace in Westport and Tony McDowell, Executive Director of EarthPlace in Westport)

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State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd District)  and State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District),

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd District)

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State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26th District),


The meeting was well-attended.

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The MUCH-appreciated Louis Pietig was given the “True Friend” award. Sarah C. Crosby, Ph.D., Director of Harbor Watch, Earthplace gave a wonderful talk on “Salt Marsh Development and Persistence with Sea-Level Rise.”

 AND 5 New Board members were elected!

One of whom, Julie Wheeler, took the opportunity to check out the Osprey!


And we all could see the Purple Martins were doing just fine in their new homes.


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In amidst all the rainy days lately, theCountry Squires Modelers had a bright sunny one for their clean-up!
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You can see more pics from their clean-up day on Flickr here.
The Country Squires Modelers is Southern Connecticut‘s oldest radio control aeromodeling club. Their home base (and full “airport”) is right here on Sherwood Island!

From Left: Louis Pietig, State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport), State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport), Nancy Ferriello and Erica Caldwell


Friends Louis Pietig, Nancy Ferriello and Erica Caldwell were thrilled to chat with our local reps (and long-time Sherwood Island supporters) Gail Lavielle, Jonathan Steinberg and Tony Hwang in Hartford!

From Left: Louis Pietig,Erica Caldwell, State Senator Tony Hwang (R-134) and Nancy Ferriello


Here’s Tony Hwang’s Press Release:

Celebrating CT State Parks at State Capitol


Sen. Tony Hwang on Mar. 9 joined with the Friends of Sherwood Island and environmental advocates from across Connecticut to mark State Parks Day at the State Capitol.


Discussions focused on ways to preserve, protect and enhance Connecticut’s state parks, including the state’s oldest state park, Sherwood Island State Park.


This year, Sen. Hwang is part of a first-of-its-kind effort to amend the state Constitution to better ensure protection of state-owned forests, parks, farmland and other conservation lands.


Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.  On the web: , , , , .

PS:  Thanks also to State Senator Toni  Boucher (R-26) for her continuing, outspoken support of Parks! One of Ct’s biggest asset and attractions!