Phyllis Kriksciun, one of the founders of Protect Your Environment of Stratford passed away on July 23,
2014. A memorial fund to Protect Your Environment was set up by her family.
Many families living in Lordship
knew Mrs. Kriksciun from her time teaching fifth grade at Lordship School and her dedication to environmental causes.
She led elementary school students on tours of the Great Meadows Marsh and shoreline areas to introduce them to the coastal
environment and the importance of preserving it.
Her knowledge and wisdom concerning the ecology of Stratford's wetlands
and beaches has been instilled in hundreds of Stratford students.
The idea of Protect Your Environment was created by three women walking along the seashore:
Phyllis Kriksciun, Jackie Powers Blanchard and Elinor Epler. Tours for school children began in 1967 and have continued
until the present.
in Mrs. Kriksciun's name is presented by Protect Your Environment to two students from Lordship School who have shown a special
interest in preserving our environment.
|Dawn at Great Meadows Marsh September 2012
MESSAGE FROM THE PYE PRESIDENT:
On Monday, February 8, The Stratford Town Council
will vote on a resolution honoring PYE’s long-time President, Marcia Stewart.
encourage all PYE members to please attend the town council meeting and to speak in support of the resolution.
The public forum for voicing our support begins at 6:45pm, with a sign-up sheet at the front
microphone podium, in the council chambers at Stratford Town Hall.
The PYE Board of Directors looks forward to seeing you there.
Richard Heiden, President
Protect Your Environment of Stratford
(See resolution document below)
|Clcik to enlarge letter:
|'Marcia Stewart Way' request letter
Annual PYE Membership Drive
Protect Your Environment wishes to thank everyone who joined or renewed membership
to PYE at the Lordship School on Election Day. We thank you for your continued support.
PYE List of Committments to the Environment of Stratford
Looking forward to the next 43 years
As newly elected officers of Protect Your Environment of Stratford (PYE), we are pleased to take this opportunity
to reaffirm PYE’s dedication to its mission statement “To preserve and protect the environment.”
As a grassroots organization of concerned citizens, founded in 1969, PYE members will continue to
actively monitor environmental issues and to educate ourselves and the public about the challenges ongoing and new to Stratford’s
Our 43 year record repeatedly demonstrates that it is only
through vigilance and activism that we can preserve and protects Stratford’s myriad wonderful and irreplaceable natural
resources, for ourselves and for future generations. We look forward to our next 43 years.
Richard Heiden, President
Bowe, Vice President
Click here for Species list which rely on the GREAT MEADOWS MARSH
The Stratford Tidal Marsh located at is vital to the survival of migrant
bird species which, though they may not breed there, depend on it as a virtual oasis in their semi-annual migrations to and
from their northern breeding grounds.
The Great Meadows Unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge host Ecological significance
- Critical colonial water bird habitat
- Largest complex of unditched high marsh in Connecticut
habitat for rare plant and animal species
Any rapid and widespread
decrease of these oases will result, ultimately, in the decrease of the migrants. The Stratford marsh,
serves as a winter haven for numerous species including several of our increasingly rare birds of prey. These birds depend
on it as a refuge and source of food nearly as much as the summer residents that breed there. The Great
Meadows marshland constitutes for this winter population an equally vital counterpart to their own summer breeding grounds.
Any of any their habitat would result in their eventual destruction.
MEADOWS MARSH41°09′36″N 73°08′06″W / 41.160°N
73.135°W / 41.160; -73.135