Sunset lectures at Sherwood Island

The Friends of Sherwood Island State Park in Westport will host a series of lectures on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Nature Center. The lectures and lemonade and cookies are free, and entrance to the park is free after 5:30.

The lectures include:

June 30: "Piping Plovers and Least Terns: Endangered Species" presented by Laura Saucier, DEP Wildlife Division.

July 7: "Horseshoe Crabs: Their Connection to Your Health and the Long Island Sound Ecosystem" presented by Jennifer Mattei, associate professor of biology at Sacred Heart University and chairwoman of Project Limulus.

July 14: "Biology and Control of Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut" presented by Chris Vann, DEP Wildlife Division.

July 21: "Dinosaurs in Connecticut" by Meg Enkler, environmental education coordinator at Dinosaur State Park.

July 28: "Connecticut Parks: Back to the Future" by Dan Esty, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; hosted by the Friends and Green Village Initiative.

The nature center, opening now for its third season, was built by the state Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the Friends of Sherwood Island.

It is between the East Beach and the salt marsh nature trail and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

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