Natural Beauty

Winter Scenes Inspire on a Day of Service

On January 21, 2019 members of the town of Washington hosted a town wide “Washington Gives” event to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. The community event offered various volunteer and donation opportunities to help the community in Washington, CT and beyond. Steep Rock Association invited volunteers to take photographs …

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SQUIGGLING AND SQUIRMING our way through SPRING

SQUIGGLING AND SQUIRMING our way through SPRING

It’s that time of year again when thrushes and warblers serenade forest dwellers, buds burst, and a rejuvenated environment even teases of summer with an occasional tree frog sounding off.  For Steep Rock Association, these cues trigger a certain stewardship action being the monitoring of our critically-important vernal pools. A balmy rain-soaked night has aroused …

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Bushwhacking 101 : Nature Preserve Monitoring

Bushwhacking 101: Nature Preserve Monitoring Have you ever seen those yellow “Steep Rock Nature Preserve” property signs dotting the roads of Washington? Behind those signs is a collective 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness, scattered over 30 individual preserves. Some of that acreage is old growth hemlock forest while other parts are wetlands brimming with biodiversity …

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THE FUNGAL ARMS

THE FUNGAL ARMS

Essay and photos by Peary Stafford It’s January… and there’s precious little nature to study in Steep Rock.  Few birds, no insects and for sure no flowering plants.  But there’s always something and these desolate winter days, BK and I (OK, mostly I) have taken to investigating the fungal life of our beloved Land Trust. This particular …

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