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Canceled – May 9, 2020 – Freja and Bolton Notch – Saturday – 7 am

Trip Leader – Ernie Harris This walk in Bolton visits two beautiful parks that border the Hop River Trail in Bolton Notch. Bring insect repellent. Head east on I-384, bear left onto Rte 44 where Rte 44 and Rte 6 separate. Take a quick left after passing under the bridge to head west on I-384.…

Canceled – May 9, 2020 – East Rock Park – Saturday – 7 am

East Rock 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden

Trip Leader – Paul Desjardins This is one of the best spots to find migrating warblers, as it is the first large land mass birds see after crossing Long Island Sound. 915 Whitney Ave, Hamden – meet at Eli Whitney Museum parking lot. For more information, contact Paul at 860-623-3696 or paul.desjardins2@gmail.com  

May 12, 2020: Annual Meeting Held Via Zoom for members: Banquet postponed to October

Tuesday, May 12: Annual Meeting and Evening Program will be held virtually.  Members will be emailed login information for the meeting.  Questions?  email sffaulkner@comcast.net The Annual Meeting features the election of Officers and Directors, the Treasurer’s Report, presentation of awards, and the President’s update on the organization. The annual banquet, usually held in May, will…

Canceled – May 16, 2020 -Machimoodus State Park – Saturday – 7:30 am

Trip Leaders – Alberta & Rob Mirer This state park is an area new for most HAS members. It has woods, a hemlock ravine, grassy fields, and early successional habitat along the Salmon River. Kayak rentals are available after the trip. Parking lot on the west side of Rte.151 (Leesville Road) For more information, contact…

Canceled – May 16, 2020 – Mt Auburn & Plum Island, MA – Saturday – 7:30 am

Trip Leader – Jon Ward The cemetery is a famous warbler hotspot and has beautiful park-like grounds. Plum Island is one of the best year-round birding locations on the east coast. Bring lunch. Enjoy dinner in Newburyport before leaving for home. Meet at Mount Auburn Cemetery entrance, Cambridge, MA. For more information, contact Jon at…

Canceled – May 17, 2020 – Nepaug – Sunday – 7:30 am

Trip Leader – Jamie Meyers This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best. Commuter parking lot, Route 179, Canton;  Just north of the intersection of Route 202 and Route 44. For more information, contact Jamie at 860-693-4497 or sunnyctredbird@gmail.com  

Canceled – May 23, 2020 – Fisher Meadows – Saturday – 7 am

Trip Leader:  Brian Toal Take an easy morning stroll, suitable for all levels of birders, around the pond. Habitats include fields, woodlands, and shrub land. Old Farms Rd, Avon – Fisher Meadows parking lot at main entrance For more information, contact Brian at 860-677-7156 or brian.toal@sbcglobal.net  

Canceled -May 23, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow – Saturday – 8 am

Trip Leader – Larry Lunden Enjoy a morning walk at a Hartford Audubon sanctuary with shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats. Ridge Blvd, E Granby – Main entrance at the end of the guard rail. For more information, contact Larry at 860-232-2416 or killdeer431@comcast.net

Canceled – May 31, 2020 – Station 43 – Sunday – 7:30 am

Trip Leader – Paul Cianfaglione The trip focuses on finding wetland birds such as Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrow and Wood Duck.  Boots and insect repellant are advised. Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor For more information – contact Paul at 860-836-3443 or pgcianfaglione@gmail.com    

Canceled – June 6, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow/Trails Day – Saturday – 8 am

Trip Leaders – Sarah Faulkner and Larry Lunden Celebrate CT Trails Day with a leisurely 2-hour bird walk on trails through mixed woodlands and fields, across wetlands and near ponds. Wear boots and bring insect repellant. Ridge Blvd, E Granby – meet at main entrance at the end of the guard rail. For more information, contact…

Canceled – June 9, 2020 – Pot Luck Picnic and Bird Walk

Dear Hartford Audubon Members, With sadness I’m writing to let you know that we’re canceling the June 9th Potluck Picnic we hold every year at Northwest Park.  The Park has canceled all events, and although we considered relocating the picnic it seems premature for us to return to a social event.  So, I wish you…

UPDATED – PLEASE READ -June 13-14, 2020 – Summer Bird Count – Saturday-Sunday

Hartford Summer Bird Count Update from Jay Kaplan, Compiler: Please note that the Summer Bird Count (SBA) will take place on the second weekend of June.  This count can be done individually and does not require birding in groups.  Additional information will be forthcoming after the conclusion of the ongoing spring census. Jay Kaplan, Compiler…

September 8, 2020 Monthly Meeting: Rays of the Sun-A Hummingbird Sampler

“Rays of the Sun” – A Hummingbird Sampler Speaker: Chris Wood Chris will present an illustrated discussion on hummingbirds, one of birders’ favorite families. Called “rays of the sun (huitzitzil)” by the Aztecs, who also thought them reincarnations of brave warriors, they have long captured affection for their colors, boldness, and diversity. Chris Wood has…

Hawk Watch at Booth Hill – September 11 at 9 am

Sep 11            Hawk Watch at Booth Hill          Fri 9 am Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions, except that there is no maximum number of participants but you must pre-register.  Please contact trip leader Paul Carrier to pre-register or if you have any additional questions: CarrierGraphics@sbcglobal.net      860-689-6590 T Booth Hill, CT Rt 20, West Hartland From Granby…

Great Pond Simsbury Bird Walk – September 12 – Saturday – 8 am

Sat, Sept 12, Great Pond, Simsbury. Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions, subject to the COVID-19 restrictions for a maximum of 8 participants.  You must pre-register. Please contact trip leader to register and if you have any additional questions: Jon Ward          jward88787@aol.com           860-416-3958 T Location:  156 Great Pond Rd, Simsbury Between Laurel…

Hawk Watch at Booth Hill – September 16 – Wed 9 am

Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions, except that there is no maximum number of participants but you must pre-register.  Please contact trip leader Paul Carrier to pre-register or if you have any additional questions: CarrierGraphics@sbcglobal.net      860-689-6590 T Booth Hill, CT Rt 20, West Hartland From Granby center follow Rt 20 west for 14.8 miles Park on…

Hawk Watch at Booth Hill – September 19 – Saturday 9 am

Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions, except that there is no maximum number of participants but you must pre-register.  Please contact trip leader Paul Carrier to pre-register or if you have any additional questions: CarrierGraphics@sbcglobal.net      860-689-6590 T Booth Hill, CT Rt 20, West Hartland From Granby center follow Rt 20 west for 14.8 miles Park on…

Hawk Watch at Booth Hill – September 20 – Sunday 9 am

Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions, except that there is no maximum number of participants but you must pre-register.  Please contact trip leader Paul Carrier to pre-register or if you have any additional questions: CarrierGraphics@sbcglobal.net      860-689-6590 T Booth Hill, CT Rt 20, West Hartland From Granby center follow Rt 20 west for 14.8 miles Park on…

Glastonbury Great Pond – September 23 – Wednesday – 8 am

 Sep 23              Glastonbury Great Pond         Wed 8 am Please contact the trip leader for any questions: Annette Pasek                   apasek@cox.net               860-490-8357 T Entrance is just beyond 451 Great Pond Rd, Glastonbury on left  From Rt. 17 – use south entrance to Great Pond Rd and drive in 0.2 mi.  Park on south side away from…

September 26, 2020 -Glastonbury Meadows – Saturday – 7 am

Glastonbury Meadows 1918 Main St/, Glastonbury

Sep 26, 2020 –  Glastonbury Meadows  –  Saturday 7 am Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please contact Bill for reservations and directions and any other questions you may have: Bill Asteriades     bill.asteriades@gmail.com      860-690-1152 Andrew Dasinger              amdasinger@gmail.com  860 652-5925 A morning walk through one of the best birding locations in Hartford County which includes…

September 26, 2020 – Station 43 Beginners Walk #1 – Saturday – 8 am

Sep 26  Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #1 Sat 8 am Subject to COVID-19 restrictions for a maximum of 8 participants.  You must pre-register. Please contact trip leader to register and if you have any additional questions: Jon Ward                  jward88787@aol.com       860-416-3958 T 990 Main St, South Windsor Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St…

September 30, 2020 – Lewis Farm Sanctuary – Wednesday, 8:30 am

Sep 30, 2020 –  Lewis Farm Sanctuary  – Wednesday 8:30 am Subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact Abby Wolcott to make reservation or if you have any additional questions. Abby Wolcott              abwol81@cox.net          860-436-7667 T 1035 Hill St, Suffield Park off road on WEST side only (by sign for Sanctuary)  Use caution: poor sight line for…

October 3, 2020 – Smith Richardson Sanctuary – Saturday, 8 am

Oct 3, 2020 –  Smith Richardson Sparrowdise  –  Saturday 8 am Being held subject to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please contact trip leader for any questions: Patrick Comins     pcomins@ctaudubon.org    860-977-4469 T Smith Richardson Sanctuary, 39 Sasco Creek Rd, Westport Meet at the corner of Sasco Creek and Hedley Farms Roads Signs indicate each of the preserve’s…

October 10, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow – Saturday, 8 am

Oct 10, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow –  Saturday 8 am  Subject to the COVID-19 restrictions for a maximum of 10 participants.  You must pre-register.  Please contact trip leaders to register and if you have any additional questions: Chris&Diane Fisher   ChrisF001@aol.com       860-967-5976 T 31 Ridge Rd, East Granby Park on north side of road All are…

October 11, 2020 – Big Sit at Station 43 – Sunday – Canceled

UPDATE:  Sun, Oct 11, Big Sit at Station 43.  CANCELED. If anyone is interested in leading this subject to the COVID 19 restrictions, we could offer it with a new leader, but a schedule change caused our prior leader to need to cancel.  Please contact Sarah Faulkner at sffaulkner@comcast.net if you’d like to lead it. ————————————————————————————————————————-…

October 13, 2020 Meeting – Program: Ducks in Love

Ducks in Love is a unique program which focuses on love in the waterfowl world, from breeding displays, to mate choice and family structure. Utilizing videos taken at Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, participants will get to view real breeding displays and learn the intricacies of the head bob, blowing bubbles, false drinking, and the dip and…

CANCELED – October 17, 2020 – Lewis Farm Sanctuary – Saturday, 10 am

Oct 17, 2020  –  Lewis Farm  Sanctuary  – Saturday 10 am 1035 Hill St, Suffield Park off road on WEST side only (by sign for Sanctuary)  Use caution: poor sight line for passing cars Join HAS leader and science teacher Sarah Faulkner for a leisurely bird and nature walk at Hartford Audubon’s Lewis Farm Bird…

CANCELED – November 7, 2020 – DelMarva Peninsula – Saturday 2-3 days

Because all the states are on the no-travel list…  this trip has been cancelled. Because Nov 7, 2020 –      DelMarva Peninsula   –    Saturday 2-3 days Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Contact Peter for arrangements Visit Bombay Hook, Chincoteague and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuges as well as Ocean City, Elliot’s Pond, Indian River Inlet…

UPDATE! November 10, 2020 – Monthly Meeting: Black Bears in Connecticut 

Nov 10, 2020 – Monthly Meeting  –  Tuesday 7 pm  –  this meeting will be held virtually via ZOOM. Speaker: Paul Colburn Black Bears in Connecticut  Paul Colburn, a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, will present  the habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction of the Black Bear. He will also share an overview of current local research efforts on…

November 17, 2020 – Wildlife Series – Looking for Owls

St. James’s Episcopal Church 1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford

November 17, 2020 – Wildlife Series –   Tuesday 7:00  –  8 pm Speaker:  Gina Nichol Meeting will be held via Zoom due to  Covid restrictions and a link will be provided to members.  Please reach out to Fran D’Amico for more information if you wish to attend.   information provided below. Looking for Owls Looking for…

UPDATE!: December 8, 2020 – Holiday VIRTUAL Slideshow/Meeting (7-8:30 PM)

UPDATE!: December “Pot Luck” Photograph Show Will Go On!  12/8/2020     7 PM to 8/8:30 PM ​ The December potluck and silent auction, always a favorite activity, is unfortunately canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. However, we’re still going to hold the photography sharing program! We have a wonderful Holiday Photography Program on Tuesday night, December…

UPDATED: December 20, 2020 – Christmas Bird Counts – Sunday – All Day

TO ALL HARTFORD AREA BIRDERS: The 2020 Hartford Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on Sunday, December 20th. Our Count is now scheduled on a Sunday to allow for better (and safer) access to numerous areas along the Connecticut River because hunting takes place on Saturdays, but not on Sundays in those areas.  December…

January 1, 2021 – Big January – Starts Friday – runs all month

Jan 1 , 2021 – Big January  –   Fri through All Month All of Hartford County Give yourself something to look forward to in January!  Everyone is encouraged to join with other HAS members for a friendly competition to find the most bird species in Hartford County this month. See www.hartfordaudubon.org for more details. Sarah…

Hartford County – 2021 Big January of Birding!

January is upon us – time to get birding for real! The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) is pleased to announce our fifth annual Hartford County Big January of Birding birdwatching challenge.  Especially in this time of COVID-19 social isolation, birdwatching can bring tremendous joy.  The purpose of the activity is to encourage folks to get outside during…

January 9, 2021 – Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #2 – Saturday 9 am

Jan 9, 2021  –  Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #2  – Saturday 9 am 990 Main St, South Windsor Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St  Park in front of stucco house. The second of four morning walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon’s oldest sanctuary. Station 43 is an excellent birding area year ‘round…

January 12, 2021 Monthly Meeting – The importance of Inland Wetlands for Birds and Other Wildlife

January Member’s Meeting Program will be this Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00.  to be held via ZOOM Please join Jim Arrigoni from the CT Audubon Society for his talk about the “Importance of Inland Wetlands for Birds and Other Wildlife”.  Wetlands provide critical habitat for biodiversity and also provide ecological services for human communities such as…

Canceled – January 16, 2021 – Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA – Saturday – 2 days

This trip below has been canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. See you in January 2021. Jan 16      Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA Sat 2 days Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details Barrow’s Goldeneye, Snowy Owl, alcids,  sea ducks, and Northern rarities are the targets of this perennial favorite trip. Be prepared…

January 19, 2021: Wildlife Series – Following Peregrine Falcon Recovery

January 19, 2021 – It will be held via a virtual ZOOM Meeting.  Tuesday  7:00 –  8  pm Speaker: Tom French 30 Years Following Peregrine Falcons to Recovery and Beyond – Tom’s work with Peregrine Falcons in Massachusetts, chronicles the loss of nesting Peregrines in the state in 1955 through their current recovery to over 30 nesting…

February 6, 2021 – Cape Cod Tour, MA –  Saturday – 2 days

Feb 6, 2021 –  Cape Cod Tour, MA  – Saturday –  2 days Meet and Stay at The Cove, Orleans, Massachusetts Contact Peter for reservations and details This is New England late winter birding at its finest. We shoud see Alcids and Waterfowl. Call Peter for information and reservations. Peter Stephan             stephraf@aol.com          860-729-8374 T…

February 7, 2021 – Hartford County Boat Launch Tour – Sunday 8 am

Feb 7, 2021 –   Hartford County Boat Launch Tour  – Sunday 8 am 12 South River St, Enfield Donald Barnes Boat Launch This is a  morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope. Paul Cianfaglione   pgcianfaglione@gmail.com  860-836-3443  Trip may be subject to Covid…

February, 9, 2021 Monthly Meeting – Survival by Degrees

Feb 9, 2021 – Monthly Meeting  –  Tue 7:30 –  9 pm Social Time at 7pm Speaker: Kenneth Elkins St James’s Episcopal Church,1018 Farmington Ave, WH Survival by Degrees Survival by Degrees – Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century. Audubon’s scientists are plotting a future for birds.…

February 27, 2021 – Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #3 – Saturday 8 am

Feb 27, 2021 –   Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk #3  – Saturday 8 am 990 Main St, South Windsor Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St  Park in front of stucco house. The third of four morning walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon’s oldest sanctuary. Station 43 is an excellent birding area year…

February 27, 2021 – Birding With Your Phone – Saturday – 10:30 am

“Birding With Your Phone” workshop on February 27th with Ken Elkins will be held over ZOOM Ken will teach about how to use eBird as well as a variety of birding apps on your phone.  We ran the workshop for the first time last year, and it was very successful and popular.    If you’re interested…

March 9, 2021 Monthly Meeting – Magee Marsh – The Warbler Capital of the World

Mar 9, 2021 – Monthly Meeting –     Tue 7:30  – 9 pm Social Time at 7pm Speaker: Matthew Bell St James’s Episcopal Church,1018 Farmington Ave, WH Magee Marsh – The Warbler Capital of the World Magee Marsh – The Warbler Capital of the World – Join Matt as he talks about his experiences…

March 16, 2021 – Wildlife Series – Weather’s Impact on Migration

Due to Covid 19,  this program will be held at St. James Episcopal Church,  1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford 06117 for this year. Weather’s Impact on Migration Mar 16, 2021 –  Wildlife Series –  Tuesday  7:30 – 9 pm Speaker: Patrick Comins Weather’s Impact on Migration – Ever hear about morning “fallouts in spring? Ever…

March 20, 2021 – Woodcocks at Nod Brook – Saturday 7 pm

Mar 20, 2021  – Woodcocks at Nod Brook  –   Saturday 7 pm 82 Hopmeadow St (Rt 10), Simsbury Back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park See the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip. Short distance (0.25 mile).  Lasts about 1 hour…

March 21, 2021 – Silver Sands State Park – Sunday – 8 am

Mar 21, 2021 –  Silver Sands –   Sunday 8 am Silver Sands State Park, 1 Silver Sands Pkwy, Milford Meet in main parking lot Contact Maggie to verify this date.  This is a good trip to try for sea ducks and sparrows while hoping for a Rough-Legged Hawk. Dress warmly. Flat shoreline walk approximately 2…

March 27, 2021 – Sachuest Point, RI – Saturday – 8:30 am

Mar 27 , 2021    Sachuest Point, Rhode Island Sat 8:30 am 769 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown, RI Sachuest Point Visitor Center Parking Lot GPS Coordinates 41.479909, -71.243489 If you are looking for colorful, easy to see birds, then Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. The refuge is home to the…

April 10, 2021 – Great Pond, Simsbury – Saturday – 8 am

Apr 10, 2021 –   Great Pond, Simsbury –    Saturday  8 am 156 Great Pond Rd, Simsbury Between Laurel Ln and Old Farms Rd Meet in parking lot at end of entrance dirt road An easy walk over a newly widened road leads to Great Pond where we will see waterfowl, shorebirds, migrating warblers…