Friday, November 4th was a perfect Autumn evening for neighbors to join together from New Canaan, Wilton and Norwalk for another great Silvermine Social. The Silvermine Community Association hosted the event and provided plenty of hors d’ouvres. Although Jim Fowler was under the weather, his daughter came to speak about the planned Fowler Preserve which will give access to a huge open space in Silvermine for all to enjoy.
The Silvermine Fowler Preserve is a “go” thanks to community support!
The Silvermine Community Association is raising awareness for the Fowler Preserve, a project to acquire 6.35 acres of open space adjacent to the 41 acre Hicks Meadows – Kelley Uplands Audubon Sanctuary. The Fowler Preserve, will be named for Jim Fowler, renowned naturalist of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom fame and probably the most beloved regular guest, with his animals, on the Johnny Carson Show. Fowler and his wife Betsey have lived in New Canaan since the 1980’s but have now moved to Rowayton. In an effort to ensure the land is preserved, the Fowlers have forged a deal with the New Canaan Land Trust land the Trust for Public Land to conserve it. Together, the campaign needs to raise $1.3 million to acquire the parcel off of Silvermine Road and will forever protect the Still Pond which hosts abundant wildlife, including important birds such as the Eastern Wood Peewee, Red-eyed Vireo and Northern Flicker. The acquisition protects a migratory bird route with diverse habitats including meadows, woodlands, wetlands and a pond.
The Fowler Preserve will not only be a refuge for diverse wildlife but it will also become a gateway to public land in Silvermine. It will become the entry point to a 41-acre Nature Preserve, benefitting residents who wish to enjoy nature and the great outdoors close to their homes. In addition, Jim Fowler will be very actively involved with creating nature trails and educational programs there. Jim is known for his long-standing work as a spokesperson for preserving the natural world and wildlife around us. The fund-raising campaign will look for state, city and trust funding as well as contributions from the public.
Persons or organizations interested in supporting this effort should contact either Art Berry at NewCanaanlandTrust@gmail.com.
About the Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Nearly ten million people live within a one-half mile walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.