Chris Schipper, Chairman of the New Canaan Conservation Commission, gave SLOBs an inspiring presentation about New Canaan's Bristow Bird Sanctuary at the January general meeting. The park, established in 1924, is the third oldest bird sanctuary in the country. It was named for Helen and Alice Bristow, two serious New Canaan birders. Located adjacent to Mead Park on Old Stamford Road, the park is made up of 17 acres and is home to at least 80 bird species. It has walking trails, a duck pond and many streams and brooks. In preparation for its upcoming Centennial Celebration in 2024, Bristow has undergone several significant improvements including upgraded walkways and boardwalks, new benches, a stone border at the duck pond, new gates and signs and new bird houses. SLOBs spent 84 volunteer hours helping the sanctuary prepare for the celebration by lining the trails with logs, spreading wood chips, planting ferns and mulching.
Thank you to Chris Schipper for reminding us all of the beauty of the Bristow Bird Sanctuary, a true gem in our community.