Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
P. O. Box 861
Litchfield, CT 06759-0861
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.
Unless otherwise indicated, General Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month
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.
Plants for Birds
Program plus Potluck Dinner
Monday, April 2 ~ 6:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Learn about Audubon's Plants for Birds database from Katie Blake,
manager of the Bird-Friendly Communities program at Audubon Connecticut.
A frequent presenter on Plants for Birds, Katie participated in
the pilot program that shaped this native-plants database.
Before her presentation, we will enjoy a Potluck Dinner:
Bring your own place setting and a dish to share.
And please note the 6:30 p.m. start time!
Birds, Birds, Birds!
Monday, May 7 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
One of our very own expert birders and former
LHAS President Fran Zygmont will talk about birds.
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.,
Birding at Newburyport & Cape Ann
Friday - Sunday, February 23-25
Newburyport and Cape Ann, MA
Dave Tripp will escort LHASers around the Newburyport, Amesbury,
and Salisbury niches in search of wintering northern birds. In the past
this trip has seen rare birds like Great Gray Owl, Boreal Chickadee,
Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Harris’ Sparrow. The more
uncommon birds encountered are Snowy and Short-eared Owls,
“white-winged” Gulls, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Shrike.
An added bonus is a day trip to Gloucester and Rockport on Cape Ann,
which may add Razorbills, Thick-billed Murres, Harlequin Ducks,
Black Guillemots, and more gulls and waterfowl.
In the past, we stayed at the Fairfield Inn at Amesbury,
but they are no longer offering discounted rates for birders.
So check websites like Kayak or hotels.com to find the best rate.
Birds of Connecticut Exhibit
Saturday, March 3 ~ 12:00 pm (carpool)
Yale Peabody Museum
It's the Year of the Bird, so let's learn more about our state's feathered fauna!
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's Birds of Connecticut Hall
has 722 mounted specimens depicting more than 300 species that occur
regularly in the state. Special displays explain speciation, hybridization,
plumage change, and odd plumages. Time permitting,
we'll also visit some of the other museum exhibits.
Carpooling is recommended. Meet at the commuter lot on Route 118
just off Route 8 (exit 42) at noon so we can arrive at the
museum around 1 p.m. If you plan to meet us at the museum,
Admission fee: $13 ($9 for seniors 65+).
Please let Diane Edwards know IN ADVANCE if you will attend.
Shorebirding with Angela
Sunday, March 18 ~ 8:30 am
Angela's January shorebirding trip was a big success
Once again, let's see what birds are showing up at the shore.
We will meet in Stratford (exit 30 off I-95 north) at the Dunkin Donuts on
Route 113/Lordship Boulevard at the corner of Honeyspot Road.
We will check out the local hot spots including Long Beach,
Stratford Point (if open), and the Birdseye Boat Launch.
It probably will be cool and windy, so come prepared!
To register or for more information, including how to carpool,
contact Angela Dimmitt IN ADVANCE: 860-355-3429
Welcome Spring! Walk
Saturday, March 24 ~ 2:00 pm
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
Although the calendar tells us it's spring, the warm days we're longing for
don't come quickly enough. Despite the lingering chill, the natural world is
waking up and signs of life can be seen and heard in the forest and
wetlands at Boyd Woods. On sunny days Mourning Cloak butterflies take flight.
As ice melts, Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers appear on the pond.
Colorful bluebirds flutter about, looking for a place to raise a family.
Tiny magenta blooms burst from the tips of hazelnut twigs. Wandering about,
carefully observing, we'll find proof that spring really has arrived at our sanctuary.
This easy 2-hour walk will begin at the Boyd Woods Audubon
Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Trails may be wet so boots are recommended.
No dogs allowed!
For more information contact Debbie Martin
Saturday, April 14 ~ 7:00 pm
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
The meadows and clearcuts at Boyd Woods provide the perfect place
to hear and see the amazing courtship performance of the American Woodcock.
We'll walk through the woodlands, stopping beside a vernal pool to make
a wish and toss an acorn in (an annual Woodcock Walk tradition!).
We'll pass Margery's Bird Pond (will we hear any frogs?) before reaching
the woodcock viewing area at the Monarch Meadow. If anyone is interested,
we can also carpool a short distance to Wigwam Brook Sanctuary
to enjoy another woodcock show and visit with our resident beaver family.
Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Dress warmly.
Boots are recommended as trails are often wet in spring.
Meet at the Boyd Woods parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs allowed! Rain date: April 21.
Contact Debbie Martin for more information
Birding for Early Spring Migrants
Sunday, April 15 ~ 7:00 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Join Fran Zygmont to walk around a few trails at White Memorial to
search for early spring migrants. This is open to all levels of birders,
with a focus on beginners. Fran will point out the key things to look
and listen for to identify each species on the walk.
Meet at the museum parking lot.
For more information contact Fran by email at
(leave a message; he usually doesn't answer
if he doesn't recognize the caller's number).
Earth Day Walk
Sunday, April 22 ~ 10:00 am
Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than a ramble through this
scenic state park! Our parks preserve land for wildlife and nature-based recreation.
We will stroll beside the brook and along park roads, including a woodland path
built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. We'll learn about the history
of the park and work done by the CCC. There will be lots of birds
and wildflowers, as well as picnic tables, outhouses, and good parking.
Directions: Follow Route 341 west from the intersection of Route 341
and Route 7 in the center of Kent. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road.
Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook
and Fuller Mountain Roads. Look for park signs.
Meet in the parking area near the park office building.
Please let Diane Edwards know IN ADVANCE if you plan to attend.
Explore the Upper Bantam River Preserve
Saturday, April 28 ~ 9:00 am
Litchfield Municipal Parking Lot
Get a sneak preview of Litchfield Land Trust's newest preserve.
Birding will be the focus for this walk, but we'll discover what else this
beautiful property has to offer. We'll meander through the woods
and along the Bantam River. This 75-acre preserve is totally
undeveloped, therefore the walk is off-trail. Wear sturdy
shoes - waterproof suggested as there will be wet areas.
Meet in the parking lot behind the Litchfield Green.
We'll carpool from there.
Call or text Marie Kennedy at 914-393-6270.
Rain date: Sunday, April 29.
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
Animal Tracks and Signs Walk
Sunday, March 4 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
(Rain Date: March 25)
Whether it is snowy or muddy, animals leave tracks and signs.
Search around the feeders and pond at Boyd Woods to see who has been there.
Bring your phone to take photos and enter your finds into the iNaturalist
online database. Practice walking like your favorite animal.
Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Sunday, April 22 ~ 1:00-2:30 pm
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
(Rain Date: April 29)
Vernal pools are wetland wonderlands full of amazing species of frogs,
toads, salamanders, egg masses, beetles, bugs, assorted birds,
and possibly even a snake or turtle. Put on your water boots and get ready
to get a bit wet and dirty while we discover the wonders
of vernal pools with naturalist Donna Rose Smith.
Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary
parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
upcoming Junior Audubon activities.
Chestnut Tree Planting
at Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturday, May 5, 2012
sponsored by the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society