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You Choose – Walk Or Watch

OLT Guided Hike & Eagle Watch at Housatonic Overlook 

The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided walk and eagle watch at the Housatonic Overlook area on Saturday, April 8th.  People should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the end of High Ridge Road (off Derby-Milford Road).  The walk should take approximately two hours.

This event will include a viewing of the Housatonic River, looking up and down the valley from atop Tucker’s Ridge, which is about 200 feet above the river, and a walk through the easy to moderately difficult trails in this area.  We will learn some interesting information about the Housatonic, one of Connecticut’s three major rivers that reach Long Island Sound, and yes, it is true, Orange has a coastline!

New this year, an Eagle Watch

Those who choose, can stay at the overlook and participate in an eagle watch.  We may see eagle activity this time of year as it is the right season to catch sight of a bald eagle soaring above the river.  However, we will need to wait patiently as eagles go about their business at their own pace.

You should bring your own binoculars or, if you have one, a spotting scope.  You may choose to bring a light-weight, folding cloth camp chair.  It is important that eagle watchers wear neutral, earthy-toned clothes which tend to blend in with the early spring brush.  Of course, we can’t make any guarantees, but our efforts should pay off!

The traditional hike

The hike will take us through a beautiful rocky, wooded landscape, typical of areas on “higher ground” around Connecticut.  Many of the trails are lined by Connecticut’s state flower – the Mountain Laurel.  It will be too early to see the Mountain Laurel in bloom, but it is a great time of year to be out in the woods for a walk.  Because it is early spring and the foliage is still light, we can better see the terrain, rock outcroppings, old stone walls and the location of a stage coach road from earlier times.

We will be joined by the Orange CERT Emergency Communications Team.  Team members will serve as trail assistants, while they get to know the area terrain and perform a simulated search and rescue communications exercise, such as would be needed to find and escort lost hikers out to safety.

Wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail.  We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread.  A hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful.

This unique hike is free, not difficult, and always a pleasure.  All are welcome.  Please plan to join us and bring a friend.  Only steady rain showers or severe weather will cancel. Please park along the end of road.

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.

 

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