Naromi Land Trust to hold meeting

The Naromi Land Trust in Sherman will host its 49th annual meeting July 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting, which will take place at Lake Mauweehoo Clubhouse on Leach Hollow Road, will celebrate the designation of the trust’s Wimisink Wildlife Sanctuary as an Important Bird Area.

Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe will give a presentation on IBAs, and a slideshow of Dennis Larkin’s photographs of birds will be shown.

Audubon Connecticut has recognized the sanctuary.

Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program is a global effort to identify and protect habitat that will protect sustainable populations of birds.

A pair of American bittern, an endangered species in Connecticut, produced three offspring at Wimisink in 2014.

Wimisink is also an example of a healthy fresh water wetland and hosts species restricted to this habitat type.

The overall goal of Audubon Connecticut’s IBA program is to identify a network of key areas in the state that support sustainable populations of birds in greatest need of conservation.

For official recognition as an IBA, the site must meet one or more of a set of standardized scientific criteria that were developed by a committee of bird experts from throughout the state.

Once an area is identified as an IBA, Audubon Connecticut works with the landowner, other conservation partners and the public to increase awareness about birds and the importance of the area to greatest conservation of species, improve habitat in the area and find funding to support these efforts.

Connecticut’s IBA program is part of a global effort by BirdLife International to identify the areas most important to birds and to focus conservation efforts where they will do the most good.

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