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EVENT CANCELED: March 17, 2020 – 30 Years Following Peregrine Falcons to Recovery and Beyond

In accordance with the Governor’s recommendation that all non-essential gatherings be canceled to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Hartford Audubon Society is canceling our March 17th Wildlife Series program with Tom French about peregrine falcons.  We hope we can reschedule Tom for a future date.  In the meantime, we wish everyone good health, lots…

March 21, 2020 – Woodcocks at Nod Brook – Saturday – 7 pm

Trip Leader – Brian Toal See the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip. 82 Hopmeadow St (Rte 10), Simsbury – meet at back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park. For more information, contact Brian at 860-677-7156 or brian.toal@sbcglobal.net  

CANCELED -March 22, 2020 – Silver Sands State Park – Sunday – 8 am

Trip Leader – Maggie Peretto This is a good trip to try for sea ducks, sparrows, and owls while hoping for a Rough-Legged Hawk. Dress warmly. Silver Sands State Park, Milford – meet at Main Parking Lot. For more information, contact Maggie at 860-604-4903.

CANCELED: March 28, 2020 – Sachuest Point, RI – Saturday – 8:30 am

Trip Leader – Paul Desjardins View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds hard to see in CT. Also visit Trustom Pond, Ninigret, and locations showing rarities. Bring lunch. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, RI – meet at Visitor Center parking lot For more information – contact Paul at 860-623-3696 or paul.desjardins2@gmail.com  

Canceled – April 11, 2020 – Great Pond, Simsbury – Saturday 8 am

Trip Leader – Jon Ward Great Pond is the largest part of a beautiful state forest and a neat place for a morning walk. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving. Great Pond Rd, Simsbury – meet at Great Pond parking lot in Massacoe State Forest For more information,…

Canceled – April 14, 2020 – Magee Marsh – The Warbler Capital of the World

Speaker: Matthew Bell Magee Marsh – The Warbler Capital of the World – Join Matt as he talks about his experiences at Magee Marsh and “The Biggest Week in American Birding,” one of the largest birding festivals in the world. This spectacle of The Biggest Week is one all birders should have on their bucket…

Canceled – April 18, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow – Saturday – 8 am

Trip Leaders – Chris and Diane Fisher Search for residents and the migrants and breeders of early spring in the many habitats of this beautiful and compact 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 chrisf001@aol.com

Canceled – April 21, 2020 – Mystery Program

Speaker: Chris Fisher Mystery Program– Chris Fisher, who has previously given us programs on Africa, Galapagos Islands and Birding the Yucatan Peninsula has agreed to create a new program for this date. It does not yet exist and may be on his and Diane’s travels to Costa Rica, Alaska or New Zealand. We’ll have to…

Apr 25 – May 24, 2020 Annual Spring Census

Event Coordinator – Jamie Meyers Contact Jamie for more information at 860-693-4497 or sunnyctredbird@gmail.com The HAS Spring Bird Census is On!  Our Census leader, Jamie Meyers, has extended the dates to run from Saturday, April 25 and run through Sunday, May 24.  Everyone is invited to participate while observing social distancing.  We’re following the ABA guidelines…

Canceled – April 25, 2020 – Laurel Marsh – Saturday – 8 am

Trip Leader – David Funke The trail follows sections of the Hockanum River and butts up against the Manchester Landfill at times. Forest, meadow, wetlands and sections of Hop Brook will provide a diversity of bird species. Middle Turnpike West Between I-84 and Cheney Tech – meet at Laurel Marsh Trail parking lot, Manchester. For…

Canceled – April 28, 2020 – Audibles and Edibles – Tuesday -7:30 am

Kat Conte & Ernie Harris Trip Leaders:  Kat Conte and Ernie Harris Visit open fields, and a woodland trail with a slight incline. It can be wet on this 2-mile loop with a nice mix of plants and birds.  Meet at Burnt Hill Park, 150 East St, Hebron – First parking lot. For more information, contact Ernie at…

Canceled – May 2, 2020 – Quarry Park – Saturday – 7 am

Trip Leader: Larry Lunden Enjoy a morning trip exploring Quarry Park and the Connecticut River floodplain in the Rocky Hill area. Wear sturdy shoes, and if the spring has been wet, bring waterproof boots. Corner of Old Main St and Marshall Rd, Rocky Hill – meet at small dirt parking lot, GPS 270 Old Main…

Canceled – May 3, 2020 – Gay City State Park – Sunday – 7:00 am

Trip Leader – Ernie Harris Look for migrants and other birds in a variety of habitats. Gay City has tall trees, wetland ponds and an interesting history. Gay City State Park main entrance, Route 85, Hebron – First parking lot on right For more information, contact Ernie at 860-603-2655 or pdlqlt@mac.com  

Canceled – May 3, 2020 – Werner’s Woods – Sunday – 7 am

Trip Leader – Jay Kaplan This is a one-mile walk through the diverse habitats of Werner’s Woods, a state owned wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the Center. On a good morning, more than fifty species can be seen or heard. Park at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton For more information, contact Jay at 860-693-0157 or jaybrd49@aol.com…

Canceled: May 5, 2020 – Magee Marsh, Ohio – 7 days

Trip Coordinator:  Roberta Gowing Magee Marsh is on the southern shore of Lake Erie, near Toledo. Warbler viewing from the mile-long boardwalk is fantastic: many birds, many species, great low and close views. Tell Roberta of your possible interest.  You may contact her at 860-644-1151 or robertagowing@sbcglobal.net    

Canceled – May 7, 2020 -Tanager Hill – Thursday – 7:45 am

Tanager Hill Old Bridge Rd., Simsbury

Trip Leaders:  Doug Beach, Jon Ward and John Weeks Tanager Hill and the adjacent Owen-Mortimer property provide over 100 acres of spectacular birding habitat on Talcott Mountain. This morning two-mile walk ascends over 200 feet. East Weatogue Street, Simsbury – Parking lot is 0.3 mile south of Terry’s Plain Rd For more information, contact Doug…

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  

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.…

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

STILL PLANNED and dependent on hotel availability: May 23, 2020 – Watertown, NY – 3 days

STILL PLANNED and dependent on hotel availability: May 23, 2020 – Watertown, NY – 3 days Trip Leader – Peter Stephan Visit Perch River Marsh, Cape Vincent, Fort Drum, Ferd’s Bog and Moose River Plains with stops along the way when Peter hears birds. Call Peter for arrangements at 860-729-8374 or stephraf@aol.com  

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…