Posted by Leo Karl on Feb 01, 2018
Today we enjoyed a visit from New Canaan Nature Center Executive Director Bill Flynn, to bring us up to date on “The State of the Center.”  After describing a brief history of the Center and bringing us up to date on the latest news, Bill opened his mysterious green box and produced Socrates [Sox], a mature great horned owl who tolerated the audience while he explained how Sox had arrived at the Nature Center, the various types of owls, their lack of smell, their OK eyesight, their incredible hearing and their prowess as hunters.  It was a fun and informative presentation! 

New Canaan Nature Center Executive Director Bill Flynn and his pal Sox

Today we enjoyed a visit from New Canaan Nature Center Executive Director Bill Flynn, to bring us up to date on “The State of the Center.”  Bill has been with the Nature Center for many years, but just about one year in his current leadership position.  The Iowa born University of Colorado graduate explained his odyssey from an Ohio and Southern California bachelor educator/naturalist to married [Anna] father [20 month old Henry] resident of the Nutmeg State. 
 
He briefly explained that what is now the Nature Center was donated to the Town by Miss Susan Dwight Bliss on September 30, 1959.  Under terms of the deed the land must be used as a nature center, bird sanctuary and arboretum.  The NCNC currently runs a pre-school, summer camp, community programs, and fund raising events.  The Town owns the land and buildings, cuts the grass and plows the snow.  The NCNC provides daily upkeep and decides how the facilities are used [consistent with the deed]. 
 
Bill was distressed to announce that after 26 years the State has withdrawn a $127,000 Links grant which has been used to pair classes from NC elementary schools with their Norwalk counterparts and expose them to the wonders of the natural world.  The Nature Center stepped up to find funding to finish out this school year, but the future of this wonderful program is in jeopardy.
 
He then opened his mysterious green box and produced Socrates [Sox], a mature great horned owl who tolerated the audience while Bill explained how Sox had arrived at the NCNC, the various types of owls, their lack of smell, their OK eyesight, their incredible hearing and their prowess as hunters.  It was a fun and informative presentation!