NORTHWEST CT’S BIRDS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Co-sponsored by Kent Memorial Library, Kent Land Trust, Sharon Audubon Center and Kent Greenhouse & Gardens

Press Release 4/26/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – Sadly, our modern, human-dominated landscape has been characterized by rapid deterioration of ecosystems and loss of native habitat. Bird populations have declined over 40% since the 1960s. Climate change threatens nearly half of the birds in our country. The Monarch Butterfly population is at its lowest since scientists began tracking it in the 1970s.

However, bird-friendly spaces in our local communities can be part of the solution and make a meaningful difference to the health of our natural environment.

Join us at Kent Greenhouse & Gardens on Saturday, May 4 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (rain or shine) as Sharon Audubon Center’s Director Eileen Fielding discusses the variety of birds using common NWCT backyard habitat types. You will learn how we can make our home landscapes more welcoming and beneficial in order to attract and protect birds, pollinators and wildlife. Take a guided walk through the Kent Greenhouse for hands-on learning about native plants that provide shelter and food. Learn about the Kent Land Trust’s efforts to improve bird habitat in Kent including within state-identified Important Bird Areas, and find out where you can visit to observe birds and otherwise get involved!

Northwest CT’s Birds in your Backyard is free & open to the public. Donations always accepted. Please register. For more information or to register call the Library at (860) 927-3761, email kmlinfo@biblio.org; stop by the Library, or visit the Library’s online calendar at kentmemoriallibrary.org. The Kent Greenhouse & Gardens is located at 30 South Main Street in Kent.

The Kent Land Trust protects over 2650 acres in Kent and surrounding areas through conservation easements and land ownership of nature preserves, nine of which have public trails. Thanks to community participation and support, the Land Trust promotes sound land management and environmental stewardship through fun and educational programs and scientific research. For further information please contact the Kent Land Trust at (860) 488-9185 or info@kentlandtrust.org.

Audubon Sharon comprises four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwest Connecticut, and is a property of the National Audubon Society. Visitors to the main center at 325 Cornwall Bridge Road in Sharon can enjoy trails, live animal exhibits, nature programs, and conservation-themed events through the year.

The Kent Greenhouse & Gardens is a full service Garden Center and Landscape Design business operating in Kent, CT. One of NW Connecticut’s primary landscape resources for over 40 years, Kent Greenhouse has been building and supporting captivating landscapes and gardens since the 70’s. Visit their website at www.kentgreenhouse.com.

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut. Visit kentmemoriallibrary.org for more information.