Partner Event: One with Nature and exhibit of paintings by FRWA Board Member, Beckie Sahl.

Date: 1/3 – 1/29/22

Location: Avon Free Public Library

 

Upcoming Partner Event – FRWA Board Member, Ginny Apple, presents: Bald Eagle Recovery Story, hosted by the Wintonbury Land Trust.

Date: 2/2/22
Time: 6:00-7:15PM
Virtual Event

Bald Eagles were once so endangered many contemplated whether to replace them as America’s national symbol. Now they fascinate onlookers along the Farmington River in Bloomfield’s north end. Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple will discuss these magnificent birds of prey and their comeback story.

Follow the tickets link to register for free and receive login details in advance. Participate on any internet-connected device with a web browser. Part of the Nature Lecture Series co-sponsored by Wintonbury Land Trust and Bloomfield Leisure Services.

Upcoming Partner Event Series: “Unearthing History: The Discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian Site along the Farmington River in Avon, CT”

Five-part webinar series #2 open to all from March – October 2022

Series created by the Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library & Avon Senior Center

Sponsored by a grant from the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Committee

The Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library and Avon Senior Center is pleased to present a second five-part webinar series entitled “Unearthing History: The Discovery of a 12,500 year old Paleo-Indian Site along the Farmington River in Avon, CT” beginning on March 10th  held via Zoom through a link from the Library. It is available free of charge.  Sign up at:  www.avonctlibrary.info

This second series of five lectures is being held in response to the 2018-2019 excavation of a 12,500-year-old (10,000BC) Paleo-Indian site six feet below ground during a CT Department of Transportation construction project of the now completed bridge on Old Farms and Waterville Roads at Route 10 in Avon, CT.  The survey uncovered more than 20,000 artifacts and structures that are characteristic of the Early and Middle Paleo-Indian periods.  The site is named for Brian D. Jones, the late Connecticut State Archaeologist, who led the effort to dig deep based on earlier excavations in the area over the past few decades. As of this writing, this site is considered the oldest archaeological site of its kind in southern New England.

The “Unearthing History” webinar series will continue to explore many of the aspects of life and work on this continent over 12,500 years ago.  Experts in the field of early genetics, ice age animals, Paleo-Indian foodways and trade routes and ancient DNA will provide background and help in understanding the rich nature of this site.  The Society, Library and Senior Center, with cooperation by the Town of Avon, have taken the lead to provide educational events for the public on all aspects of the site for as long as the analysis takes to develop.  They thank the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Committee for financial support of this year long series.

According to Dr. Lucianne Lavin of the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT, site of a slightly later Paleo-Indian site, the last Ice Age in this region began to melt away about 17,500BP (Before the Present).  As it receded, a lush new land was exposed that provided for animal life to return about 13,500BP in the form of tundra-grazing animals such as mastodons, mammoths, horses, giant beaver, caribou, and more.  The ancient communities of the Paleo-Indians are thought to have begun to arrive in the northeast after that time in search of those animals for food. They were the first settlers of what is now Connecticut and southern New England.  (Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples, by Lucianne Lavin, 2013, Yale University Press)

The first webinar entitled “What Genetics Teaches Us About the Peopling of North America” will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00pm.  It will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Raff, anthropological geneticist at the Univ. of Kansas.  She studies genomes of contemporary humans and their ancestors for insights into prehistory with a focus on the initial peopling of North America. Presentation is based on her May 2021 Scientific American cover story “Journey into the Americas” and her new book, Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas being released Feb. 2022.  

The second webinar entitled “Ice Age Animals of New England” will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 7:00pm.  It will be presented by Dr. Sarah Sportman, Connecticut State Archaeologist & Dr. Nathaniel Kitchel, Dept. of Anthropology, Dartmouth.  They will present the Pope Mastodon (found in Farmington on the grounds of Hill-Stead Museum) and the Mount Holly (VT) Mammoth, among other animals of the Ice Age.

The third webinar entitled “Paleo-Indian Foodways with Trade & Network Exchange” will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00pm.  It will be presented by Dr. Jonathan Lothrop, Curator of Archaeology, The New York State Museum. His focus is on the Pleistocene (Ice Age) into the Holocene period where Natives colonized 11,000-8,000BC.  His research is on their technology, settlement and subsistence. He is a consultant on the Brian D. Jones site analysis.

The fourth webinar entitled, “aDNA – Ancient DNA” will be held in September, date to be announced. It will be presented by Christina Balentine and Samantha Archer, PhD candidates & research scholars at UCONN Dept. of Anthropology. They will present a broad spectrum overview on how & where aDNA is found and how it is analyzed.

The fifth webinar entitled “Update on the Scientific Analysis of the Brian D. Jones site in Avon, CT Since its Discovery in 2019” will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 pm.  Held during Connecticut Archaeology Month, it will feature Dr. David Leslie, Senior Prehistoric Archaeologist of Archeological and Historical Services (AHS), Storrs, CT. He will provide an update on the site in Avon as AHS begins the fifth year of analysis of the artifacts and structures found there.

Partners in this series include the Farmington River Watershed Association, Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington, CT and the Avon Land Trust.  Special thanks to a planning committee of experts for assisting with developing this ongoing series:  Dr. David Leslie, Archaeological and Historical Services; Marc Banks, PhD, LLC, Archaeologist; Nancy Najarian, Institute of Native American Studies; Beckie Sahl, Farmington River Watershed Association; Howard Wright, Renbrook School Science Department Head.  Representing the three creating organizations are:  Terri Wilson, Avon Historical Society; Tina Panik, Avon Free Public Library; Jennifer Bennett, Avon Senior Center.  

To watch the webinars from the 2021 series on YouTube, visit:  www.youtube.com/user/afplct

To register to attend the 2022 events, please visit:  www.avonctlibrary.info 

FRWA’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Date:   Friday, November 19, 2021

Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM,
Films starts at 7:00 PM

Location: Canton Town Hall Auditorium
4 Market St, Collinsville, CT

Live-stream: Or join virtually from the comfort of your own home! More details here

Get your tickets today!

 

9/25- 34th Annual Farmington River Clean-Up

Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:00AM to 11:30 AM

Sites will be available in Avon, Granby, Simsbury, Collinsville, Canton, and beyond.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Gloves and bags will be provided.

For large group registry contact Aimee Petras at apetras@frwa.org

7/31 – Downspout Disconnect Event at the Bristol Farmer’s Market

Visit us at the Bristol Farmer’s Market (across from Bristol City Hall on North Main Street) and learn how you can help reduce stormwater pollution, on Saturday, July 31, 10AM – 1PM. All BRISTOL RESIDENTS are eligible for a FREE downspout kit, on a first come first serve basis. The kits can be used to direct roof drainage away from driveways into pervious areas, which helps to reduce stormwater and stormwater pollutants from discharging directly to the City’s stormdrain and on to our rivers.  

Visit our booth on Saturday, July 31st from 10AM – 1PM!

7/17 – Downspout Disconnect Event at the Bristol Farmer’s Market

Visit us at the Bristol Farmer’s Market (across from Bristol City Hall on North Main Street) and learn how you can help reduce stormwater pollution, on Saturday, July 17, 10AM – 1PM.

 

Cancelled due to forecasted weather – 7/6 – Rain Garden Tour and Downspout Disconnect Workshop

Tour our Rain Garden at the Rockwell Park (by the playground and skate park 238 Jacobs St, Bristol) and learn how you can help reduce stormwater pollution.

All BRISTOL RESIDENTS are eligible for a FREE downspout kit, on a first come first serve basis. The kits can be used to direct roof drainage away from driveways into pervious areas, which helps to reduce stormwater and stormwater pollutants from discharging directly to the City’s stormdrain and on to our rivers.  Planting native plants on your property and directing downspouts into rain gardens or rain barrels also helps beautify our neighborhoods and helps prevent flooding! 

Join us at Rockwell Park on Tuesday, July 6th, 4:30 – 6:30 PM!

6/26 – Rain Garden Tour and Downspout Disconnect Workshop

Tour our Rain Garden at the Page Park ski hut (by the playground at 651 King Street) and learn how you can help reduce stormwater pollution.

All BRISTOL RESIDENTS are eligible for a FREE downspout kit, on a first come first serve basis. The kits can be used to direct roof drainage away from driveways into pervious areas, which helps to reduce stormwater and stormwater pollutants from discharging directly to the City’s stormdrain and on to our rivers.  Planting native plants and directing downspouts into rain gardens or rain barrels also helps beautify our neighborhoods and helps prevent flooding!

Join us at Page Park in Bristol CT, on Saturday, June 26th, 10AM-12PM!

6/29 – River-Friendly Landscaping

Aimee Petras, Programs Director at FRWA and Master Gardener, will present the River-Friendly Landscaping program that covers landscaping tips for a healthier watershed. Aimee will discuss our #1 water quality problem – stormwater pollution and its impacts – and our best tools to reduce stormwater pollution: green infrastructure. She will address how to make your home more water friendly, and things you can do to help improve the water quality of our local waterways. We will also discuss low impact design concepts that are in use in our communities, including permeable pavement and bioswales. 

Aimee has tips to help you manage your outdoor spaces that benefit you, the river, and the wildlife. Join us for our free, live virtual program on Tuesday, June 29, 6:30-7:30 PM. Come with questions! Free virtual event – Registration required: Register here!


 

Past Events:

Organic Lawn Care Workshop – 6/14/21

View Recording

 


 

Bat Talk with Maureen Heidtmann, Master Wildlife Conservationist 5/11/21
View Recording


 

Beaver Talk with Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist 4/1/21

View recording


 
Eagle Talk with Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist 3/4/21


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