While some along the shoreline spent New Year's Day sleeping off the excesses of the night before, a large crowd of nature lovers braved the cold temperatures to show up for the Hammonasset Beach State Park's "First Walk."
Attendees were treated a guided tour and talk that featured both the geology and history of the park lands. Afterwards, they were treated to clam chowder from Lenny & Joe's, minestrone soup, donuts, hot drinks and the company of other like-minded people.
This is one of several events planned this month and next at Hammonasset, according to Michele Poulin Kiley from Friends of Hammonasset:
- The first Sunday of the month (Jan 6), Ranger Russ is coordinating a "round-up" of invasive plants and creating a bird habitat at the Park rotary. BYO: loppers or pruning saws, clippers and gloves. Reception to follow with hot coffee, cider, chili, chowder for volunteers, and light music at the Nature Center.
- The following Sunday (Jan 13), Ranger Russ is leading a Seal Watch walk.
- On Sunday the 27th, join us for a Workshop on Afocal digiscoping. In this workshop you participants will learn how to combine the use of a simple point-and-shoot digital camera with a telescope/spotting scope for wildlife photography.
To find out more, follow the Friends of Hammonasset Facebook page at Check http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Hammonasset/ . Or follow them on Twitter: @FoHammonasset. You can also visit their website at Hammonasset.org.
Want to become a member? You can do that online, here.