Wilton concert to spotlight endangered butterfly

WILTON, NY (NEWS 10) – If you live in Wilton, you know the woods have their share of things to do. This month, that hasn’t changed just because the weather has cooled. This October, come enjoy a bonfire and stay a while and learn about an endangered butterfly that needs help.

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is hosting a day of concerts around the campfire from 1-4pm on Saturday, October 22. The Red Spruce Band and Thomasine Winslow will be coming to perform at the reservation.

Winslow and Red Spruce arrive with a message, planning to highlight their own involvement in protecting the Karner blue butterfly, an endangered butterfly species native to parts of New York and New Hampshire, where it serves as the official butterfly of the state The DEC lists the butterfly as endangered, due to agriculture, urbanization and firefighting activity. Winslow will perform a new single, “Karner Butterfly Blues,” for the first time, based on information about the butterfly gathered during last year’s campfire concert.

Music and a bonfire will be at the center of the festivities, but there’s always more to do to warm up, including a soda pop, a marshmallow roast and a family scavenger hunt. The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is located between Route 50 and Ruggles Road in the town of Wilton.

The annual concert is completely free to the public, supported by Community Arts Grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as support from the state legislature. The cannery can be contacted at (518) 450-0321 for more information.

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