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.
To get added to our email notification list, send an email to berryledges@optonline.net.

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Meetings
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 Litchmield Community Center

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Potluck Dinner
Program: 'Wanderers On My Native Shores'
Monday, April 3 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Frank Mantlik, well-known to many of us as an avid birder, naturalist,
photographer, and leader of bird walks, will talk about how, when birders
 become proficient at identifying common birds, they find it challenging
 to search for rare or unusual species. Frank will discuss the hows and whys
of finding rare or uncommon birds in Connecticut, as well as common species,
recounting noteworthy "finds" of his past 30 or so years in the field.
He will also touch on the workings of the Avian Records
Committee of Connecticut. His photos will dazzle!

Before Frank's 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!

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   A "Big Day" of Birding
Monday, May 1 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Ever read the book or see the movie "The Big Year?"
starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson, the movie
follows the characters as they perform their birding Big Year.

LHAS's Dave Tripp, a team member of the Raven Lunatics,
will entertain you with tales about a Big Day (a one-calendar-day event).
He will explain everything you have to do to accomplish a
Big Day: what a Big Day is and how to do a Big Day. He will also share
stories about his experiences doing Big Days from New Jersey to Connecticut.

He may share some secrets about how the Raven Lunatics
(which also includes team member Fran Zygmont) took over the
longstanding Connecticut record of 186 species on one Big Day, as well as
besting the New England record for the most species recorded in one day.

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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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Hiking, Snowshoeing, or X-C Skiing
Dates & Times TBD
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
If you might be interested in winter hiking,
snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing,
let Diane Edwards know and she'll
contact you when the going looks good.
Call 860-485-9319

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  Woodcock Walk
Saturday, April 15 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Every spring several woodcock
faithfully perform their amazing courtship flights
over the forest openings at Boyd Woods.
Join us to witness this interesting display.

Bring binoculars and a flashlight.
Dress warmly and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Meet at the Boyd Woods parking area
on Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs allowed! Rain date: April 22.

For more information contact Debbie Martin,
barnowl524@hotmail.com or 860-819-7462.

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April 22     Earth Day Paddling Trip
Saturday, April 22 ~ 1:00 p.m.
Bantam River Bridge
North Shore Road, Litchfield
Let's celebrate Earth Day by paddling the
Bantam River and Butternut Brook in Litchfield.

Meet at the Bantam River bridge
on North Shore Road.
Please let Diane Edwards know
 in advance if you will be joining us.

For more information,
contact Diane at 860-309-5139

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, April 26 ~ 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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Walk at Kalmia Sanctuary
and Roraback WMA     
Sunday, April 30 ~ 7:45 a.m.
David Zomick will lead this walk at the LHAS Kalmia Sanctuary
and Roraback Wildlife Management Area in Harwinton.
Meet in the Kalmia parking lot.

Directions from the flagpole on Rt. 4 in Harwinton:
Go east on Route 4.
Take next right onto Locust Road.
Take second right onto Laurel Road.
Go to the end of Laurel Road.
Pass the Kalmia sign and the house on your right
and then turn right into the parking lot.

For more information contact David at

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, May 3  ~ TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.

For meeting time and location,
email Ray at turaco3000@gmail.com
and ask him to put you on his email list.

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   Wildflower Wanderings
Saturday, May 6  ~ 9:00  a.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Delicate, beautiful wildflowers are plentiful at Boyd Woods during spring.
On a similar walk at this time last year, we saw 24 species.
We'll also hear, see, and identify many songbirds, so bring your binoculars.
This will be an easy walk that allows time for picture-taking.

Meet at the Boyd Woods parking area
on Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs allowed! Rain date: May 13.

For more information contact Debbie Martin,
or 860-819-7462.

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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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Woodcock Walk
Saturday, April 22 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
(Rain date: April 29)
Come listen as the American Woodcock winds up for take-off
and see if you can track his course to the sky and back down to the ground!
Not an easy task at first! As darkness sets in, we will listen and see if we
can spot any owls that may be wandering about the woods.

Naturalist Donna Rose Smith, and possibly a few other assistants,
will be there to guide your steps through the night.
Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Check our website, lhasct.org, for other upcoming Junior Audubon activities.

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Check our website,www.lhasct.org, for other
upcoming Junior Audubon activities.

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Chestnut Tree Planting
at Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturday, May 5, 2012
sponsored by the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society