CT Trails Day 2017 Walk
Join us for a leisurely evening walk along this old rail corridor as we look for wildflowers, discuss the many invasive plant species, and possibly see some nesting turtles. Eastern box, snapping, and wood turtles return every June to lay their eggs in the sandy surface of the Rail Trail, so with luck we might see them digging their nests. The trail is also home to deer, rabbits, groundhogs, foxes, skunks, raccoons, bobcats, and many other creatures, so you never know what you might see! Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a camera.
The Eastern Box Turtle (Pictured) gets its name from its ability to completely withdraw into its shell, closing itself in with a hinged plastron (a little flap). It is the only Connecticut turtle who can do this. But, it isn't until it is 4-5 years old that this flap develops. Before that, they are extremely vulnerable. From mid-May to late June, the females, who have at least reached the age of 10, will travel from a few feet to more than a mile within their home range to find a spot to dig a nest and lay their 3-8 eggs. Unfortunately, the Eastern Box Turtle is one of Connecticut's State Species of Special Concern.
Total Distance This Event Will Travel: 2.5 miles
This trail is stroller friendly
What to bring: Dress comfortable with walking shoes and a water bottle - insect repellent recommended
Location: Meet at the parking lot at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT (at the end of Halpin Lane, which is off of Prospect.)