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Norwalk Land Trust To Discuss Wildlife, Contamination On Island

The Norwalk Land Trust recently voted to delay a vote on acquiring new land.
The Norwalk Land Trust recently voted to delay a vote on acquiring new land. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Amy Jenner and Peter Reid of the Weston-based Wildlife in Crisis will be the featured speakers at the 2016 annual meeting of the Norwalk Land Trust, when the nonprofit will also discuss contamination on a 3-acre island.

The meeting will take place Monday, Jan. 11, in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall at 125 East Ave. at 6:30 p.m. 

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge. 

Wildlife in Crisis, a nonprofit like the Norwalk Land Trust, provides care for more than 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals a year.

The Jan. 11 meeting will start with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 7 p.m. and the presentation by the speakers at 7:30 p.m. 

Also, the Norwalk Land Trust announced plans to remediate contamination detected on Hoyt Island, a 3-acre wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary on Long Island Sound. 

The presence of asbestos was confirmed—by Katie Miller of the Stratford-based environmental consultants HRP Associates--in the ruin of a small house on the island that was destroyed by fire years ago. 

Transportation to and from the island was provided by Gary Wetmore of G&C Marine Services of Norwalk at no charge. 

Hoyt Island was deeded to the land trust in 1979 by the late Countess Eleanor Czapski. Earlier this year, the island was found to be the habitat of the northern diamond terrapin, a species of special concern in Connecticut. A bald eagle was also spotted overhead while Miller was on the island.

For more information on Wildlife in Crises, click here.

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