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 Litchfield Community Center

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  The Owls of Western Connecticut
Monday, November 6  ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Raptor expert Larry Fischer will give a talk on the owls found in our
state west of the Connecticut River. He will show slides of owls and owlets,
focusing primarily on species that breed in our backyards and back woodlots,
how common or rare they are, their habitat requirements and
nest site selection, and how to identify them. Larry, who was president
of the Western Connecticut Bird Club for 14 years, has federal and state licenses
 to handle and band raptors from Kestrels to Golden Eagles and Saw-whet Owls
 to Great Horned Owls. He has been banding for more than 35 years
and is a well-known lecturer on birds of prey throughout the Northeast.

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Members Night
Monday, December 4 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
See the insert in the latest  issue of
Chickadee Chatter for all the details.

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   "Isthmian Bird Treks:
Chasing Lifers in Panama"
Monday, January 8 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Details to come in the January/February 2018
 issue of Chickadee Chatter.

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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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 18 ~ time 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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Birding at Cape May, NJ
Friday-Sunday, October 20-22
Dave Tripp will be returning to Cape May after a record-setting year in 2016.
Not only did we see the most species in our history last year,
we also had the most participants! Lodging will be once again
at the Hyland Motor Inn in Cape May Court House.
Ten rooms have been reserved and are based on double occupancy.  
If you are interested in attending or have any questions,
contact Dave by email at dtrippjr@gmail.com.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 25 ~ time 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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Explore a New Trail  
Saturday, November 4 ~ 2:00 pm
Wigwam Brook Sanctuary
Lush wetlands and dense thickets make much of the 36-acre
Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary unwalkable. Recently, though, a new
"Bones and Bottles Trail" has been created, allowing visitors to explore an area
 that few realized belongs to LHAS. This is a woodland you've no doubt driven
 past numerous times, never giving any thought to the history and mysteries
hiding beyond the guard rails. Old stone walls show that this was once farmland,
 but what happened when a road came through? (Hint: the name of the trail holds a clue!)

We'll discover and discuss the effects that human activities have had on this
property over the years, as we walk along the easy 1-mile path.
 If time allows we'll check out John Baker's American Chestnut plantation,
look for birds in the wetlands, and say "hello" to our
resident beavers. Bring your camera and binoculars.

Meet at the Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot
 on Lipeika Road, just off Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs, please! Rain date: Nov. 11.
 For more information, contact Debbie Martin
 at barnowl524@hotmail.com or 860-819-7462.

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  Owl Prowl
with Larry Fischer
Saturday, November 11 ~ 5:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Following Larry's talk on owls at our Nov. 6 monthly meeting, LHAS
is teaming with White Memorial Conservation Center for Larry to lead an
Owl Prowl at White Memorial seeking out the local denizens.
Meet at the A.B. Ceder Room for a brief introduction and also
to meet White Memorial's own Barred Owl, Shakespeare.

This will be limited to 30 quiet participants ages 12 and up,
so please preregister by calling Gerri at 860-567-0857
or Angela at 860-355-3429.
Free, but donations will be accepted to defray
the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

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 Duck Ramble
Sunday, November 19 ~ 8:30 am
White Memorial Conservation Center
Greg Hanisek, expert birder, educator, and popular journalist,
has agreed to return as our annual Duck Ramble trip leader.
We will meet at the White Memorial museum parking lot.
Heavy rain cancels.
For more information, contact  Angela Dimmitt
 at 860-355-3429 or angeladimmitt@aol.com.

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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Fairy Houses     
Sunday, November 12 ~ 1:00 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 at Boyd Woods.

Meet at the Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
 on Route 254 in Litchfield.
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

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Christmas Bird Count (CBC) 4 Kids     
Saturday,  December TBD ~ 10:00 am
This international event is open to kids from 7-16 years old.
It is a half-day event to involve young people interested in birds.
The date and place should be finalized by the time you read this.
Adult mentors are needed to help the teams of young people out in the field.
There will be pizza and hot cocoa afterwards for all the participants.
(Note: "CBC" means "Christmas Bird Count")
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

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    Eagle Watch     
January TBD, Day TBD ~ 10:00 am
Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory in Southbury
Participants will meet at the Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory in Southbury.
Check www.lhasct.org for the date or send an email to
 lhasjunior@gmail.com to get on our email notification list.

To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

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