Amphibian Hike, Blinnshed Loop
Sunday, June 6, 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Join Yale ecologists Kealoha Freidenburg and David Skelly on a Connecticut Trails Day hike to search for frogs, toads, salamanders and newts. Please wear boots and bring a dip net if you have one. The trail features extensive wetlands and old logging roads through the woods.
To keep everyone safe this year registration is required. Each hike will be limited to 15 hikers. We will run two hikes—one at 1:00 and one at 1:30 to accommodate more hikers.
Registration opens on May 20th. Visit the CFPA registration page here:
Meet in the parking lot of The Country School at the intersection of Opening Hill and Blinnshed Roads.
The hike will run rain or shine. No dogs, please. Masks are required.
If the hike fills up, take a look at the other Connecticut Trails Day hikes. Or, take a virtual tour of the Blinnshed Loop here.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker is a common bird in the Land Trust forests. Its name is somewhat odd since the pinkish color on the breast area is seldom visible, but the red cap is prominent. Look for zebra-stripes on the back and flashes of white on the wings when it’s in flight. The male has the red all the way to the bill, but females only have a red crown and brown before their beak. The call is a quick quirrrr, and a ch-ch-ch-chirrrrrrr! Thirty years ago the Red-bellied Woodpecker would have been a rarity in Connecticut, but today it’s one of our most common birds.
Painting © Michael DiGiorgio