Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
P. O. Box 861
Litchfield, CT 06759-0861


MEETING CHANGES
Bad weather? Our meeting and event cancellations
or postponements are broadcast on WFSB TV Channel 3
 in Hartford and on radio station WZBG at 97.3 FM.

Meetings
Unless otherwise indicated, General Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month
in the Learning Cnter at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT.
When the first Monday of the month falls on a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday.
Refreshments are served at 7 p.m.  The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and the program follows.

The April and October meetings are Potluck Dinners starting at 6:30 p.m.
The June meeting is the Annual Meeting and Dinner held at a local restaurant; it begins at 6 p.m.
Our August meeting is the annual Picnic at Boyd Woods Sanctuary; it begins at 6 p.m.
Board of Directors Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every other month
at 7:15 p.m. in the Education Room at the Litchfield Community Center.

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The Beautiful Art of Birding”
Plus, Potluck Supper     
Monday, October 1 ~ 6:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Lesley Roy, artist, photographer, entrepreneur, and Commissioner
of Arts, Culture and Tourism for the City of New Haven,
will present a beautiful visual story of birds, including her artwork,
 reflecting local birds and those photographed during her travels
 in Costa Rica, Panama, and Brazil. This program is amazing!
This evening is also our fall potluck dinner —
hence, the earlier starting time! So bring a
dish to share and your own place setting.

Birding Events & Field Trips
WANT TO KNOW ABOUT NEWLY SCHEDULED FIELD TRIPS?
PLEASE GIVE US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
If you want to get emailed trip notices, special club announcements, etc.,
contact David Zomick at 860-584-2824 or dzsurtudo@gmail.com
You can also check our website, www.lhasct.org

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Birding through New York’s Central Park
Saturday, September 29 ~ 7:00 am
Litchfield Community Center
Join Gus Molitano and Pam Hicks for a leisurely walk while birding through
New York’s Central Park. We will stop at Gus’s favorite spots for pastries
and a bite to eat. Meet us at the Litchfield Community Center at 7 a.m.
From there we will drive to a train station and then ride into the city.
There will be a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Leaders will send
 you an email with specifics. Rain cancels. Please let one of the leaders
know in advance if you plan to attend — contact Pam at 203-922-2684
or smilesmyles@yahoo.com, or contact Gus
at Cdb1865@snet.net or 860-3791185.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 3  ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
 and ask him to put you on his email list.

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Art Studio of Holly Hall
Saturday, October 6 ~ 10:00 am
Farmington Valley Arts Center
Come and see the beautiful artwork of LHAS member Holly Hall and other
artists during the Open Studio Day at the Farmington Valley Arts Center
in Avon. Holly believes there is a close connection between the humanities
and our love of the natural world. Her art expresses this and includes
many paintings and pieces dedicated to birds and the natural environment.

Meet at the Arts Center located
at 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon.
For directions, see the arts
center’s website, artsfvac.org.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 10  ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
 and ask him to put you on his email list.

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 Sparrow Search
with Western CT Bird Club     
Saturday, October 13 ~ 8:00 am
Bent of the River parking lot.
LHAS members are invited to join Russ Naylor on his annual Southbury
Sparrow Search with the Western Connecticut Bird Club. He will visit
Audubon Center Bent of the River in Southbury, the Southbury Training
School Farm (a recognized IBA), and a few other nearby areas.
He and his fellow “featherquesters” will sleuth out sparrows and other
mid-fall migrants. Meet in the Bent of the River parking lot.
Directions: Take Route 6 west through Woodbury to Route 67 in Southbury.
Turn right onto Route 67 west. Go approximately 3 miles to Route 172
 (South Britain Road); turn left onto 172. Go about 1.5 miles to South Britain
 General Store. There, turn right onto East Flat Hill Road. Go about 0.5 mile
 to Bent of the River entrance on the left. Rain date: Sunday, October 14.
For more information, call Russ Naylor at 203-841-7779.

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Walk and Explore Deer Pond Farm
Sunday, October 14 ~ 7:45 am
(carpool)
Litchfield Community Center
Deer Pond Farm is the newly opened Connecticut Audubon sanctuary
 at 57 Wakeman Hill Road in Sherman, CT.  The carpool will meet at the
Litchfield Community Center at 7:45 a.m. for a guided walk
 of this beautiful property featuring 10 acres of trails.
For more information, contact Michael Audette
 at mga911c4@gmail.com or 860-388-7874.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 17  ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
 and ask him to put you on his email list.

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   Birding at Cape May, NJ
Friday–Sunday, October 19–21
We are on for another great time at Cape May! Birding is scheduled in
 great locations like the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and
well-known hot spots in lower Cape May County. Also on the tour is a brief
stop at one of the biggest birding exhibitions on the East Coast.
Lodging once again will be at the Hyland Motor Inn in the town of
Cape May Courthouse. Ten rooms have been reserved for Friday
and Saturday nights at $194 (total) and are based on double occupancy.
If you want to attend, have a roommate in mind,
will carpool with someone or have room in your car, or need questions
answered, contact Dave Tripp by email at dtrippjr@gmail.com.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 24  ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
 and ask him to put you on his email list.

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Hike at Tunxis WMA
Sunday, October 28 ~ 9:30 am
 Tunxis WMA, West Hartford
Join Gus Molitano for a hike at Tunxis Wildlife Management Area.
Meet at the Riverton General Store (2 Main St., Route 20) at 9:30 a.m.
We will hike in a northerly direction. Wear sturdy shoes and bring hiking poles,
 insect repellent, lunch, water, etc. Hike should finish mid to late afternoon.
All weather permitting! For more information, contact Gus
at cdb1865@snet.net or 860-379-1185.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 31  ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
 and ask him to put you on his email list.

Junior Audubon Calendar
Junior Audubon provides an opportunity
for grade-school children to learn about nature,
the environment, and the creatures that live there.
It is sponsored by the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society and it is FREE.
Children of all ages and their parents have enjoyed
Junior Audubon activities, but we plan events
for children in grades 2 through 5.
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

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Spider Search     
Sunday, October 28 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
Route 254 in Litchfield
Look for these creepy-crawlies! Spiders play an important role in our
 ecosystem and are not as creepy as you might think! Come learn a bit
more about our spiders as part of your Halloween celebration!
Take home a spider web of your own.
Meet at the Boyd Woods Audubon
Sanctuary on Route 254 in Litchfield.

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Fairy House Building     
Sunday, November 11 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
Route 254 in Litchfield
It’s time to visit our fairy village at Boyd Woods
 and get it ready for winter. Fairies like to live in quiet
places away from roads, rock walls, and major trails.
Boyd Woods is a great place for them to live.
Join us to make fairy houses out of natural
materials that we find in the forest.
Meet at the Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
on Route 254 in Litchfield.

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Please let us know if you are joining us
so we can be sure to have enough supplies.
BUT don’t let that stop you from joining us at the last minute!
 Email: lhasjunior@gmail.com. Phone: 203-706-0474.