Victor DeMasi, a lepidopterist

Online Talk by Butterfly Expert on His Pollinator Meadow and the Species That Visit It

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In a live webinar presented by New Canaan Library, Victor DeMasi, a lepidopterist (butterfly expert), will will discuss his pollinator meadow in Redding and talk about some of the rare and common species he has seen there in 40 years of stewardship. — an announcement from New Canaan Library

New Canaan Land Trust and New Canaan Library have jointly organized the live, online event, scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31. Registration is necessary to take part in the event. You can register here. DeMasi will talk about life histories of some of our species and how a butterfly garden promotes a diversity of pollinators.

Monarch butterfly Darien pollinator path

Darien Pollinator Pathway Event with Wine, Cheese, Classes on Native Seeds and Floral Design

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Mark your calendars! The Darien Pollinator Pathway will be hosting a wine and cheese evening at the Gardener’s Center and Florist on Jan, 23. The event is free and open to everyone. It will feature two classes by the Gardener’s Center: a native seed planting class presented by Kris Barker, and a class in floral design using native flowers presented by Kate O’Keefe. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first class starts at 6.30 p.m. There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a magnificent bottle of wine donated by Sipstirs and a landscaping consultation with Kate O’Keefe.

Pollinator Pathway group starts

Darien Organizations Get Together to Create a ‘Pollinator Pathway’ to Protect Animals that Spread Pollen

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A collaboration of Darien residents and groups in town have joined a movement in other places to create a “Pollinator Pathway” through town to protect and encourage bees and other pollinators from the many threats they face. “It is well-documented that our pollinator population faces many threats,” says a news release from the group. Those threats include climate change and the use of pesticides as well as loss and fragmentation of natural habitat from development, particularly in the Northeast. The collaborators include Darien residents from various groups in town, starting with the Darien Nature Center, the Garden Club of Darien, the Gardener’s Center and Florist and Darien Library. The entire town is considered to be in Darien’s pathway, which allows it to “link” easily with the pathways starting up in Norwalk, Stamford and New Canaan as well as Weston, Wilton and Ridgefield.