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Norwalk Land Trust Hears From Wildlife In Crisis Co-Founder

(from left) John Moeling, president of the land trust; Peter Reid, co-founder of Wildlife in Crisis; and board members Lee Levey, Midge Kennedy and Vickie Bennett
(from left) John Moeling, president of the land trust; Peter Reid, co-founder of Wildlife in Crisis; and board members Lee Levey, Midge Kennedy and Vickie Bennett Photo Credit: contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Peter Reid, co-founder of the nonprofit Wildlife in Crisis, was the featured speaker at the Norwalk Land Trust's annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, at City Hall.

The Weston nonprofit rehabilitates 5,000 birds and animals a year.

He told the meeting that in a densely populated state such Connecticut, habitat preservation is crucial to the survival of wildlife. “Every little bit is important,” Reid said.

The nonprofit land trust was established in 1973. Today, it oversees 27 parcels of land, totaling 89 acres. According to the organization's website, preserving land provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • homes for wildlife;
  • natural water filtration – cleaner air, cleaner water, erosion mitigation;
  • native plant growth and food creation for wildlife- birds, butterflies and bees;
  • a place to learn about nature – outdoor classroom for youngsters, a walk in the woods for adults; and
  • tree diversity – moderates climate, reduces water runoff, converts pollutants.

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