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Westport's Sherwood Island State Park Offers Events For Trails Day

Sherwood Island State Park in Westport will host three special events for Connecticut Trails Day.
Sherwood Island State Park in Westport will host three special events for Connecticut Trails Day. Photo Credit: State of Connecticut

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Fans of the beach can enjoy Connecticut Trails Day weekend with special events planned at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The park will offer a special event each day.

A bird walk, is scheduled for 8;15 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Join leader Tina Green, president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association, as she walks the trails to look for late migrant and breeding species of birds in the park.

The diverse habitat of Sherwood Island supports varied species, including yellow warbler, great horned owl, nesting osprey, great egret, and shore birds.

Participants should meet at the Nature Center and bring binoculars, water and bug repellent. Be sure to wear long pants and comfortable shoes. It will be an easy walk, with a total distance of 1 mile.

Registration is highly recommended at: tina@renaissancestudios.com or by calling 203-247-2660.

At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, the "Archaeology of Sherwood Island Walk/New History Trail" will be led by archaeologist Cece Saunders.

The walk will include points of interest and terrain as you examine the traces of past inhabitants of Sherwood from 1000 to the 1940s. Saunders will be sharing findings about Native American and early settlers found in recent excavations.

Along the trail, various sites will be described, examined and various artifacts, maps, old photos and recent recoveries will be used to bring the island's past inhabitants to life.

The easy walk will cover a total distance of 1.5 miles. Participants should meet at the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center.

Also on Sunday, June 8, from 2 to 3 p.m., a beach walk will be led by Louis Pietig. This park walk will include brief descriptions of the various aspects of Sherwood Island State Park, including history on how it became the First Connecticut State Park property, a Habitats and Inhabitants review, the model airport with a possible flyover, the Pine Grove, a reflection at the Sept. 11 Memorial and some historical notes as well as a birds of Sherwood Island identifier sheet.

The easy walk will cover a total distance of 2.25 miles. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen. The meeting place is the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center.

Sherwood Island State Park is located at the end of the Sherwood Island Connector at Exit 18 on I-95 in Westport.

For more information, contact Mary Ann West of the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park at 203-554-3964 or mwestwrites@gmail.com.

For information on Sherwood Island State Park visit friendsofsherwoodisland.org or for more information on other Connecticut Park activities visit www.ctwoodlands.org .