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Take Action at Norwalk Earth Day Events

The organizers of Earth Day celebrations in Norwalk want to see environmental action, and the events they have planned offer opportunities for just that.

While Earth Day is Friday, April 22, an easy place to start is the trail clean-up being held by the Norwalk River Watershed Association at 9 a.m. Saturday. The trail, off Broad Street near the Route 7 overpass, suffered heavy flooding in February. “Parts of the trail they’ll be working on were under two feet of water, so there’s lots of debris to be cleaned up,” said David Park, a Norwalk River Watershed Association board member and Norwalk River Valley Trail Committee representative. For the more adventurous, the Norwalk-based Sound Kayakers Club is holding an Earth Day Tour paddle on the Sound from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, starting from Greenwich Point in Greenwich.  Club leader Michele Sorensen said it’s important to take some kind of action to mark Earth Day. “It’s too easy to forget to pay attention to the environment,” Sorensen said.  For young ones, local author Jill Dunn will give a reading of her book, “I Want to Go Green, But What Does That Mean?” at 11 a.m. at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children . Dunn seeks to empower kids. “I always tell them they’re in charge of the adults in their lives,” she said. “They can do things like help make sure their parents bring the reusable grocery bags into the store when they go shopping, and make sure they recycle.”  Later in the day, a menagerie from Stamford-based Animal Embassy will visit the museum from 2 to 4 p.m. “We usually like to bring the larger, more enigmatic species to an event like this,” said Jennifer Balbes, Animal Embassy’s administrative manager.  The group’s director and founder, Chris Evers, will speak about the animals and their habitats, followed by a hands-on opportunity to meet the animals up close. The animals on show will likely include species such as a spectacled owl, a large African tortoise, a Nile monitor lizard and an American alligator. Sound scary? Balbes said they’re not. “They’re all beautiful,” she said.

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