Community Programs

The Berlin Land Trust organizes and promotes educational community programs throughout the year. In this section we will post information, photos and links about these programs and provide a continuing resource for the community to reference.

See our Calendar for all scheduled meetings and events.  

Program on April 25, 2019: Invasive Plants - Don't Let Them Take Over Your Property!

posted Apr 29, 2019, 10:33 AM by Blt BerlinLandTrust   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 10:36 AM ]

Many concerned citizens turned out for this latest BLT program. Discussion centered on these topics:

Why certain plants have been labeled 'invasive'.
Why letting an invasive plant get established on your property is not a good idea and how to prevent this from happening. 
How to identify 15 of the most 'notorious' CT invasive, how they function and options for control/eradication.

Attendees also received an illustrated guide about CT invasives developed by the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District specifically for landowners. 
Sponsored by Berlin Land Trust (Land Stewardship Series).

Check out all the program photos here. (Photo credits: Carl Vernlund)

Program on Jan. 3, 2019 - "Wildlife and Connecticut's Changing Landscape"

posted Jan 4, 2019, 11:07 AM by Blt BerlinLandTrust   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 11:21 AM ]

"Wildlife and Connecticut's Changing Landscape" will be presented by Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Berlin Peck Memorial Library located at 234 Kensington Road. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. 

Eastern Coyotes in CT

posted Mar 8, 2018, 6:02 PM by Blt BerlinLandTrust   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 7:12 PM ]

Berlin, Jan. 11, 2018
Photo album "Eastern Coyotes in CT"

Paul Colburn, a Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, presented a program about the Eastern Coyote on January 11th at The Hungerford Nature Center in Berlin. Over 30 residents attended the program.

In general, sightings of wildlife in suburban settings have become very common and the Eastern Coyote is one of the more frequently seen predators throughout the state. Coyotes resemble a small, lanky German shepherd dog, with wide, pointed ears, a long muzzle, distinct yellow eyes and an uncurled bushy tail which is carried low to the ground.

Colburn described the coyote as an opportunistic predator that has adapted to a variety of habitats including wooded suburbs, parks, beachfronts, and office parks. The coyote is an omnivore, dieting on small wild animals from mice to deer, some fruits, carrion and, when available, garbage. Some coyotes also prey on small livestock and poultry and reports of coyotes attacking small pets, typically less than 25 pounds in weight, have become more common in Connecticut.

Colburn stressed the importance of not allowing pets to run free. Cats should be kept indoors, particularly at night and small dogs leashed and under close supervision at all times. Although coyotes have displayed bold behavior near people, the risk of a coyote attack on a human is very low. However, this risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and associate the presence of people with food. Colburn also suggested teaching younger children how to recognize coyotes and to go inside the house (do not run) or to climb up on a swing or deck and yell if they are approached.

Photos taken at the program.

Additional information can be found at the BLT links below:

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