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Holcomb Farm

Holcomb Farm 113 Simsbury Rd., W Granby

Holcomb Farm offers a variety of habitats unique in Granby: meadows, active farm fields, hedgerows, and both deciduous and pine forest. There is a moderate, but brief, climb. Wear boots.

Greenstone Hollow

E Granby 27-1 Ridge Blvd., East Granby

Enjoy a morning walk at a Hartford Audubon sanctuary with shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.

Trails Day Hike – Bird Walk at Greenstone Hollow Preserve

Trails Day Hike – 2019 Bird Walk at Greenstone Hollow Preserve Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hartford Audubon Society’s Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve for this year’s Trails Day.  The 2-hour, leisurely bird walk will start at 9:00am at the preserve’s entrance.  We’ll travel about 1…

Station 43

S Windsor 990 Main St., South Windsor

The trip focuses on finding wetland birds such as Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrows, Wood Ducks and more! Wear boots and insect repellant.

Summer Bird Count

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in COA’s 22 annual Summer Bird Count. Species and numbers are counted on this 2-day tally within our Christmas Count circle. Bird one day or both and help collect breeding bird data and track species trends for Connecticut.

Picnic at Northwest Park – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Still on!

Northwest Park 145 Lang Rd., Windsor

Northwest Park Member Picnic:  We’re ON!!  The weather is a little iffy, but at the moment we’re expecting the afternoon and early evening on Tuesday to be clear for our annual potluck picnic.  Please join us at 5:00 pm for an informal birdwalk in this wonderful park — we always see terrific birds.  Then, join…

Chatham Waters Pelagic – Sunday, June 16, 2019 – 7:15am

Sunday, June 16, 2019 – 7:15am NEW:  Chatham Waters Pelagic Leader: Tom Robben Meet at the dock in Harwich Port, MA. Joint trip with NECWA. Sail a one-day eight-hour trip in the rich ocean waters off Chatham, MA, east of Cape Cod.  Details will be provided at Pre-register with Tom. Contact Tom Robben at if you…

September 7, 2019 – Hawk Watch at Booth Hill – Saturday – 9 am

Trip Leader:  Paul Carrier View Broad-winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day. Route 20, W Hartland Call Paul for directions at 860-689-6590 or contact him via email:    

September 10, 2019 – An Update on Ospreys

Speaker: Julie Victoria Ospreys 2019 – Ospreys have been monitored in Connecticut since 1969. Julie will be updating us on the continuing research. After 32 years of working with birds as a DEEP Wildlife Biologist, Julie has recently retired and continues to consult as a wildlife biologist. St James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, W…

September 11, 2019 – Hawk Watch at Booth Hill – Wednesday -9 am

Trip Leader:  Paul Carrier View Broad-winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day. Route 20, W Hartland Call Paul for directions at 860-689-6590 or contact him via email:

September 14, 2019 – Great Pond – Simsbury – Saturday – 8 am

Trip Leader:  Jon Ward Great Pond is the largest part of a beautiful state forest. This is an easy morning trip to see birds and have fun with people.   Great Pond Rd, Simsbury / Great Pond parking lot in Massacoe State Forest Contact Jon for more information at 860-416-3958 or

Sunday 9/15 and Monday 9/16, 2019 – Booth Hill Hawkwatch

Trip Leader:  Paul Carrier View Broad-winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day. Route 20, W Hartland – Coming west on Rte 20, Booth Hill is  in West Hartland a little less the .4 mile from Milo Coe Road. If you get to West St…

Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Swallow Spectacle Paddle – Tuesday – 4:30 PM

Leader  David Zomick Swallow Spectacle Paddle Sunday, September 22   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…

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

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  

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

Oct.5-6 pelagic trip from BarHarbor ME to Yarmouth CA has been cancelled, because the ferry will NOT be running on those dates. 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…

October 8, 2019 – Connecticut Bird Atlas

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…

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

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

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

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…

October 15, 2019 – Winter Birding in Connecticut

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…

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

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  

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

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…

November 19, 2019 – Shorebirds: A Profile Incredible

McAuley Residence Auditorium 275 Steele Rd., West Hartford

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…

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

HAS-Hammo trip tomorrow- postponed from 12/1  to 12/8 due to weather.  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…

December 10, 2019 – Holiday Pot Luck Supper

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…

December 15, 2019 – Christmas Bird Count – all day

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…

January 1 – 31, 2020 – January Big/Birding Event – all month!

The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) is pleased to announce our fourth annual Hartford County Big January of Birding bird watching challenge.  The purpose of the activity is to encourage folks to get outside during the month of January and see as many species of wild birds in Hartford County as possible!  The competition is free…

January 14, 2020 – Butterfly Gardens Are for The Birds

Speaker: Margery Winters Butterfly Gardens Are for The Birds – Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat. Margery is the Assistant Director and instructor at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton and manages their native plant gardens. St…

January 18, 2020 – Cape Cod Tour, MA – 2 days

Trip Leader – Peter Stephan This is New England late winter birding at its finest. We should see Scoters and Gannets. Stay and meet at The Cove in Orleans – Call Peter for reservations and details – 860 729-8374 or

February 1, 2020 – Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA – Saturday -2 days

Trip Leader – Fran D’Amico Take a favorite trip to view seabirds that come south to New England in the winter. Irruptions can also bring unusual birds. Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details at 203-237-2734 or

CANCELLED: February 9, 2020 – Hartford County Boat Launch Tour – Sunday – 8 am

This trip has been cancelled. Trip Leader – Paul Cianfaglione This is a morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope.  Meet at Donald Barnes Boat Launch, South River St, Enfield. For more information, contact Paul at 860-836-3443 or  

February 11, 2020 – Birding Outer Cape Cod –

Speaker: Steve Broker Birding Outer Cape Cod – From Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham to Provincetown’s Race Point, Herring Cove, and Beach Forest, the Outer Cape Cod is one of the great places in America to look for and identify a broad diversity of bird species. Steve will share with birders the many rich…

February 29, 2020 – Workshop: Birding with Your Phone

Workshop: Birding with Your Phone              Sat   10:30 am – 12:30 pm  Sarah Faulkner, leader West Hartford Public Library, Noah Webster Meeting Room, 20 South Main St, West Hartford Join CT Audubon’s Ken Elkins for a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a number of birding apps on your phone.  Apps will include eBird, BirdGenie,…

March 8, 2020 – Exciting Daylight Savings Birding Challenge!

Please join the Hartford Audubon Society on Sunday, March 8th to celebrate the return of daylight savings time with a one-day bird-a-thon. * Bird by teams (2-4 people) – Teams should have names and are encouraged to “go crazy” with hats. tee-shirts, and decorations! * Bird in Hartford County from 6 am to 6 pm…

March 8, 2020 – Lewis Farm Bird Walk

Bob Winter will lead a bird walk at Lewis Farm / Hartford Audubon bird sanctuary. This Sunday, March 8th starting at 10 am. Get your double points for the Birdathon!!!

March 8, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow Bird walk

Larry Lunden will lead  a walk at Greenstone Hollow. Enjoy and get to know Hartford Audubon sanctuaries and also get your double points for the Birdathon. We hope to see you there.

March 10, 2020 – Our Forests and Their Birds

Speaker: Connor Hogan Our Forests and Their Birds – This talk will examine the dynamic relationship between forests and birds within the McLean Game Refuge and explore how management activities can shift population trajectories for both. In 2017 Connor became the Director of McLean Game Refuge where he oversees research, conservation, education, and recreation across…

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  

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  

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…