Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve continues to be a place of activity for our members. This year we held three bird walks with a total attendance of 23. We added a walk for National Trails Day, sponsored by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
No new species were sighted this year, so the count remains at 118 species at the preserve. Sandi Jones is making regular visits to the preserve and posting her observations on eBird. I appreciate birders who enter their sightings on eBird, and encourage others to visit the preserve and record their checklists.
We held six work days, with an attendance of 24. Our main focus this year has been on maintaining the trails. Larry Lunden, Andrew Smith, Cathy Delasco, Doug Beach and Chris Fisher spread 20 cubic yards of mulch, donated by the town of East Granby, on the Kinglet Woods Trail to even out the rooty ground. Roberta Gowing agreed to work on the butterfly garden, and with the help of Paul and Vicki Margiott cleaned out all the invading plants. Two of the officers from the East Granby Land Trust, Cathy Delasco and Michelle Clifford, joined the crew. Many thanks to our continuing crew, including Stan McMillen and Karen Walsh..
Chris made two major improvements to the preserve. He installed a new set of trail and overlook name signs to replace the older ones that had deteriorated, as well as a pair of all new map signs to make it easier to navigate the preserve. This was funded by a generous donation from Susan and Sammy Samuel, who live in the neighborhood, as well as funds approved by the directors of HAS. He also put a new deck on the bridge at Bluebird Hollow to improve footing.
Our two benches have deteriorated due to weather and are no longer useable.
Chris and Doug continue to keep the trails mowed and open for visitors.
Our goals in the coming year are to continue holding bird walks and work days. We will continue our habitat improvements in the shrub swamp and wet meadow.
Larry Lunden & Chris Fisher