Connecticut's Historic Gardens website has a terrific blog post about the Caroline Ferriday Monarch Butterfly Way Station (a joint project of the BLT and The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden). Click this link to read it and view the lovely photos and learn also about upcoming gardening workshops to be held at the Bellamy-Ferriday.
June 7th, a beautiful day at the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden: Nearly 100 people participated in the festive opening of the Carolyn Ferriday Monarch Butterfly Way Station. This is a joint venture of the Bethlehem Land Trust and the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden. Attendees learned about the life cycle, habitat, and migration of the Monarch, got an up close look at all stages of its development, and helped to release dozens of these beautiful creatures in the garden and preserve, where we hope they will flourish and reproduce. Before and after the release, visitors enjoyed refreshments, which were provided by the Soroptimists, and activities in the craft room, where creative types decorated butterfly masks and fans in charming and imaginative ways.
Mary Havermale photos.
Treat the bluebirds to dinner
Mealworms are the specialty of the house at the Hawvermales', whose property includes the Pratt Preserve easement. Baby bluebirds love them, as does the Carolina wren seen on the right here, an uncommon visitor to this area. Feeders and dried mealworms are available at the Washington Supply. Mary Hawvermale comments that during the breeding season "I could actually call the bluebirds when I was filling the dish."
A bear comes to breakfast
On the morning of May 24, 2013, a black bear visited the bird feeders on the Baker property, which is downstream from the Two Rivers Preserve, on Arrowhead Lane. The bear particularly enjoyed the suet cage, and spent some time lying on its back, tossing the cage around like a toy. Lynn Baker reports that "this was great entertainment until the dog got wind and barked (from inside the house), and the bear then lumbered down the path to the Weekeepeemee River behind the house, with the suet cage in its mouth."
A huge surprise
I was walking my Springer Spaniel, Charlie, in the Bellamy Preserve one Thursday morning. We were walking up from the stream and as we came around the bend, Charlie stopped and pointed. He was a little ahead of me. Then I caught up to him, I saw why. There was a bull moose resting on the path. He was the largest animal I'd ever seen close up. His rack was so big, I couldn't imagine how he could hold his head up.
I snagged Charlie's collar immediately as the moose rose to his feet. I began to back away, dog in tow, while the moose moved slowly in the other direction. He looked back once or twice as he meandered away. I walked out to the hay field and crossed it with the dog leashed, thinking to veer away from the moose and be out in the open. To avoid encountering the moose in the woods, I decided to walk on Munger Lane all the way back to the cemetery, where I had parked.
He was a magnificent animal and I feel lucky to have sighted him. I didn't have my camera; but Amber Williamson had the sighting above on Long Meadow Lake. NANCY McMILLAN
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