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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

'One Book' Nature Hike at Roosevelt Forest in Stratford on Oct. 13

The event is free and open to the public.
An outdoor activity will be held in conjunction with "One Book, One Stratford," the community-wide reading event currently underway at the Stratford Library. 
"The idea of the  program is that everyone in town reads the same book at the same time, much like a town-wide book club," according to a statement. "The library has chosen Connecticut author Conor Grennan's acclaimed memoir, "Little Princes," as the town selection."
As a related program, the "One Book" Nature Hike will take place in Stratford's own Roosevelt Forest at 3 p.m. Oct. 13.  The hiking program is free and open to the public.
The nature hike, led by Dave Wright, master wildlife conservationist for the state of Connecticut for the past 10 years, will tour the Red Trail in Roosevelt Forest, the statement said.  Wright will contrast Roosevelt Forest with the Himalayas (the setting for "Little Princes") in a hike that will last 60 to 90 minutes.  Wright has led nature walks for Stratford for the past several years at various town locations. 
He has been a piping plover monitor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a bald eagle volunteer at Shepaug Dam during the winter months, the statement said. 
Wright has taught a number of nature related classes for Beardsley Zoo and currently is chairman of the annual Great Stratford Bird Festival.  
Also, Wright assists a number of area Nature Centers with animal and nature programming and is the president of the Trumbull Land Trust.  He holds a certificate in ornithology from Cornell University's Sapsucker Woods Lab. 
            The hike begins at 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Forest, 700 Peters Lane.  Complimentary water bottles will be available for all participants, the statement said. 
For more information, call the Stratford Library's Public Relations & Programming Office at 203-385-4162 or visit: www.stratfrodlibrary.org.  "One Book, One Stratford" is co-sponsored in part by HarperCollins and the John T. Friderichs Memorial Fund.

In the Photo:  Conservationist Dave Wright.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


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