We still want people to visit the special places at Sherwood Island where events were scheduled for June 6-7…..but not as an organized group event due to the need for social distancing. Please think of the upcoming annual Trails Day as a “Do It Yourself” Trails Day when the time is convenient for you. Over the next month, the Friends of Sherwood Island will be posting some tips, ideas, and directions for the various trails at Sherwood Island so that you can “Do It Yourself” … and stay safe!
Events Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island
See below for details of our great trails, including:
Kayak Paddle, Archaeology Walk, Butterfly Walk, Bird Walk and Nature Walk
☼Saturday, June 6th
Take A Bird Walk around Sherwood Island, led by birding expert, Aiden Kiley. Meet him at the Nature Center then explore the varied habitats and spot species of birds attracted to the island. The walk will begin at the Nature Center. On the walk among the birds, various types of habitat will be examined, starting with the man-made Purple Martin houses and then natural types of habitat found in the woods, marshes and beaches.Bring your binoculars!
See Sherwood Island from the water! Join us for a morning paddle, as we explore the shoreline of the park. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or other paddlecraft, as well as a pump/bailer.A life vest and whistle/horn are required by CT state boating regulations. Your life vest must be worn for this event. A waterproof VHF radio or cell phone is recommended.A kayak cart with thick wheels for sand is recommended, as it’s a long carry over the beach.We will help each other.
The event begins promptly at 9 am (high tide is at 12:37) and ends at 12:00 pm, so plan to arrive by 8:45.We will do a safety check & demonstration on the beach for life vest fit, seaworthy vessel, and emergency gear. We’ll paddle into the salt marsh behind the park while the tide is rising. Then we will paddle the length of the Sherwood Island shoreline, west to the entrance of Mill Pond, and return to our launch point on the open beach. Your guide will point out birds along the way, and show you how to safely exit and enter your kayak from deep water just off the beach. Michele is a retired Coastal Kayak Instructor with eighteen years teaching experience. Optional: Bring waterproof binoculars for spotting birds, and/or a waterproof camera.Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the Nature Center’s front porch for a post-paddle fête.
Join us for an Archaeology Walk on the Sherwood Island History Trail.The walk will be led by Archaeologist Dawn Brown and Ernie Wiegand. The walk will include points of interest, terrain, and an examination of the traces of past inhabitants of Sherwood Island, from 1000 B.C. to the 1940s. The leaders will share their findings from recent excavations, including Native American, early settlers, and onion farmers. Along the trail, various sites will be described and examined, and various artifacts, maps, old photos, and recent recoveries will be used to bring the island’s past inhabitants to life.
Leaders: Dawn Brown and Ernie Wiegand (Prof., Norwalk Community College)
Join butterfly hobbyist Michele Sorensen to explore the gardens and natural areas around the Nature Center in search of caterpillars, skippers, moths and butterflies. We may see Mourning Cloak, Pearl Crescent, Question Mark, Monarch, Cabbage White, Orange or Clouded Sulphurs, tiny Gray Hairstreaks & Blues, and Black or Tiger Swallowtails. Likely Skippers are Peck’s and Silver-spotted. Last year Common Buckeyes were everywhere, as were Monarchs. It will be fun to see which ones predominate this season. Michele is part of the Friends of Sherwood Island Garden Team, which has planted dozens of perennials and shrubs in the park to attract butterflies. She will point out plants that are good nectar or host plants for your home garden.
Bring binoculars and a camera or smartphone. You’ll learn how to report your findings on iNaturalist so scientists anywhere can see how these insects are doing.
Children are welcome. We recommend age 4 and up, as butterflies are small, and don’t stay still, so they can be difficult for younger ones to spot. Leader: Michele Sorensen
Discover Sherwood Island! Go beach to beach on a Fun Walk along Long island Sound- discover habitats, inhabitants, birding locations, viewing platforms, a purple martin enclave, and other special features of this waterfront Gateway park. Other park points of interest include Connecticut’s 9/11 Memorial, model aircraft Airport, Trail heads, wetlands, and a pine forest.(Why not come early and bring your lunch to enjoy the hospitality and picnic tables on the front porch of the Nature Center.)