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September 24, 2019 – Swallow Spectacle Paddle – Tuesday – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, September 24 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Leader  David Zomick Swallow Spectacle Paddle Tuesday Eve September 24th   4:30 PM Pilgrim Road boat launch We will paddle leisurely  in  Lord  Cove &  around Goose & Calves  Islands &  be in  place by dusk for the breathtaking  tree swallow display. Must have:  PFD;boat light/ headlamp/flashlight  . Optional: food, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera etc. bathroom access is extremely limited.  Be prepared to return in darkness. Rain cancels. Directions :  Use 2 Pilgrim Landing Rd., Old Lyme, use 2 Pilgrim road as…

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September 25, 2019 – Glastonbury Great Pond – Wednesday – 8 am

Wednesday, September 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader:  Annette Pasek Woodland, water and shrub habitats may produce common CT birds as well as migratory species. 451 Great Pond Rd off Route 17 Contact Annette for more information at 860-490-8357 or

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September 28, 2019 -Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 1 – Saturday – 8am

Saturday, September 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Jon Ward The first of four morning walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon’s oldest sanctuary. This premier northern Connecticut birding site tends to be very wet. Wear boots. Meet at Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, South Windsor Contact Jon for more information at 860-416-3958 or  

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September 28, 2019 – Smith Richardson Preserve – Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, September 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Patrick Comins Visit the Connecticut Audubon Society Smith Richardson Preserve with its spectacular fall stopover habitat for land birds. Meet at the corner of Sasco Creek Rd and Hedley Farms Rd in Westport. For more information, contact Patrick at 203-259-0416 X107 or  

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September 29, 2019 – Stellwagen Bank Pelagic, MA – Sunday – 7:15 am

Sunday, September 29 @ 7:15 am - 5:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tom Robben Sail a one-day, six-hour trip in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank, located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. Meet at the dock in Gloucester  Pre‑register with Tom. Check out the details at or contact Tom at 860-922-1098 or robben

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October 5, 2019 – Glastonbury Meadows – Saturday – 7:15 am

Saturday, October 5 @ 7:15 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders: Bill Asteriades & Andrew Dasinger A morning walk through one of the best birding locations in Hartford County. Contact Bill or Andrew for reservations and directions: Bill at or Andrew at

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October 5, 2019 – Gulf of Maine Pelagic, ME -Saturday 1 pm – (2 days)

Saturday, October 5 @ 1:00 pm - Sunday, October 6 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Tom Robben Search for Skuas on a 100-mile ferry ride across the Gulf of Maine from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth. Stay at a hotel in Canada and bird on return trip. Pre-register with Tom. Passport required.  Two day trip. Details at Contact Tom at 860-922-1098 or

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October 8, 2019 – Connecticut Bird Atlas

Tuesday, October 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Chris Elphick Connecticut Bird Atlas:  halfway done, but a long way to go… Fall of 2019 marks the mid-way point for the Connecticut Bird Atlas. Chris will summarize what has been learned during the first full year of field work and will lay out what still needs to completed. Chris, an Associate Professor at UConn’s Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, is a leader on the Bird Atlas Team. St James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, W Hartford Social…

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October 12, 2019 – Greenstone Hollow- Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, October 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders:  Chris and Diane Fisher Enjoy the fall colors and look for fall migrants in the many habitats found at this beautiful and compact nature preserve. Ridge Blvd, E Granby – meet at Main entrance at the end of the guard rail For more information, contact Chris at 860-658-2903 or

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October 13, 2019 – Big Sit at Station 43 – Sunday – all day

Sunday, October 13

Trip Leader – Brian Kleinman A day of fun at Station 43 where we count all species we see and hear from a 17-foot circle located at the HAS platform on the southwest end of the marsh. Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor. For more information, contact Brian at 860-655-7464 or

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October 15, 2019 – Winter Birding in Connecticut

Tuesday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Frank Gallo Winter Birding in Connecticut – Join Frank Gallo, author of the new book, Birding in Connecticut, for a virtual journey to a variety of Connecticut’s best winter birding locales, from hot spots to lesser-known gems. Frank is a leading expert on finding birds in Connecticut and has led birding expeditions all over the world. He will have copies of his book for sale and will sign them after the talk. McAuley Residence Auditorium, 275 Steele Rd, W…

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November 9, 2019 – Long Island Tour, NY – 2 days

Saturday, November 9 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, November 10 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader -Peter Stephan Visit Jamaica Bay, Jones Beach, Lake Capri, Belmont Lake, Shinnecock Inlet, Montauk Point, and Shelter Island. Return on ferry. Call Peter for arrangements at 860-729-8374 or  

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November 12, 2019 – An Insider’s Look at the Rehabilitation of Native Birds

Tuesday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Katelyn Kaplan An Insider’s Look at the Rehabilitation of Native Birds – Katelyn Kaplan, Naturalist at the Roaring Brook Nature Center, will give an inside look at the avian patients that arrive into the Center’s rehabilitation clinic each day. The program will discuss emerging threats to native species, medical treatments the clinic provides, and how wildlife rehabilitation impacts species conservation. Katelyn has a BS in environmental sciences, is a federally and state certified wildlife rehabilitator, and was the Center’s…

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November 19, 2019 – Shorebirds: A Profile Incredible

Tuesday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Wayne Petersen Shorebirds: A Profile Incredible – This presentation will examine the natural history of shorebirds and will specifically consider shorebird classification, adaptations, nesting ecology, migration, and conservation all within an ecological context. Specific reference will be made to the importance of local regional sites to international shorebird conservation. Wayne is Mass Audubon’s Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. He has led tours, lectured, and conducted birding workshops across North America for more than 40 years.…

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December 1, 2019 – Hammonasset State Park – Sunday – 8 am

Sunday, December 1 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Ernie Harris Hammonasset Beach State Park is the state’s premier birding location. Look for Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, and Horned Larks. Eat lunch at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. Meet at Meigs Point Nature Center, Madison For more information, contact Ernie at 860-603-2655 or  

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December 10, 2019 – Holiday Pot Luck Supper

Tuesday, December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Continuing a fun tradition, please wear your favorite bird tee-shirt or hat, with a holiday theme if you can! Following dinner we’ll have the annual photo sharing session from members and our tea cup auction. Bring silverware, plate, a dish to share and something for the tea cup auction. Contact Mona Cavallero for details on photos. Fun begins at 6:30 pm St James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, W Hartford  

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December 15, 2019 – Christmas Bird Count – all day

Sunday, December 15

Event Coordinator:  Jay Kaplan Area 1   S Windsor: Paul Desjardins Area 2   Inland S Windsor: Patrice Favreau Area 3   Glastonbury: Andrew Dasinger Area 4   Manchester: Maggie Peretto Area 5   Wethersfield/Rocky Hill: Steve Kotchko Area 6   Hartford: Jay Kaplan Area 7   Newington: Sylvia Halkin Area 8   Avon/Farmington: open Area 9   W Hartford: Brian Toal Area 10 Bloomfield: John Weeks Area 11 Windsor: Gil Kleiner Area 12 E Hartford: Blair Wlochowski Please contact Jay for more information at 860-693-0157 or

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