Twenty-five people joined Stay at Home in Wilton for a guided plant walk around Schenck\u2019s Island on May 31 with Donna Merrill, executive director of Wilton Land Conservation Trust. She noted that, \u201cmany Wilton seniors are land trust members and recall the founding of the organization in 1964 when the character of our town was still defined by the wooded acres and pure streams of our rural past.\u201d Schenck\u2019s Island is one of 11 meadows the land trust protects, helping to preserve the town\u2019s insect and songbird population. Jackie Algon, Wilton Pollinator Pathway Steering Committee member, gave an example of the decline in insect populations when she said the monarch butterfly population is 10% of what it was in the 1970s. She emphasized the need to establish pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and the other pollinating insects and wildlife in town. Residents can do their part, she said, by planting a window box or container garden; they can also contribute by reducing the chemicals sprayed on their yards and by using native flowers, shrubs and trees. Native plants provide a natural habitat and food source for wildlife while invasive plants threaten the environment and can be linked to endangered species like the monarch butterfly. If Wilton preserves early succession habitats such as leftover farmland, and residents help by participating in the pollinator pathway principles, then the town\u2019s natural habitats and wildlife are protected. Several seniors on the walk were early residents of Wilton and remember the farmlands, forests and wetlands. Anne Goslee Jovovic lived at 6 Godfrey Place in 1948 and said, \u201cWe kids all learned how to swim in the Norwalk River directly at the end of Godfrey Place.\u201d She remembers when the Ogden House location was called the \u201cpine forest\u201d and Stop & Shop was farmland with a large barn and farmhouse owned by Mr. Husted. Ernest Schenck owned a large farmhouse and property nearby that he and his wife Grace purchased in the early 1900s for farming and grazing livestock. They owned the property until the town purchased the \u201cisland\u201d in 1961. \u00a0 Karen Birck, new to Stay at Home in Wilton\u2019s Board of Directors, said \u201cSchenck\u2018s Island is one of Wilton\u2019s treasures.\u201d A popular place for walks, hikes, and fishing, it supports three ecosystems: meadows, forests and wetlands. All are within walking distance of Wilton Center, and all are connected by walking trails. Stay at Home in Wilton organizes monthly walks all year long at no charge. Coming up are walks on \u00a0June 28, July 19 and August 16. To join in, call Janet Johnson at 203-762-2600.