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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Annual Dinner Presentation
“Marshes: The Disappearing Edens”
Monday, June 5 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Torrington
Join us for our Annual Meeting & Dinner in Torrington.
Besides enjoying a yummy buffet dinner, you’ll be
 entertained and inspired by our presenter, William Burt.

He’s a naturalist, writer, and photographer
with a passion for wildplaces and elusive birds,
especially marshes and the shy birds that shelter there.

Based on his book (Yale University Press, 2007),
this presentation explores some of the best-known
and least-known North American marshlands, with
an eye to their lyric beauty and their lurking birds.

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“Summer Wildflowers”
Monday, July 10 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Our summer wildflowers, most noticeable along roadsides
and in meadows, all play a role in their environment.

They have interesting relationships with their
pollinators and various methods of seed dispersal.

Although many people eagerly seek out the first wildflowers
of spring, summer flowers are more often taken for granted.

Come learn more about the natural history
of these colorful members of our flora.

Our presenter this evening will be Carol Gracie,
 a wildflower lecturer, native plant writer, and
 photographer/illustrator who lives in North Salem, NY.

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

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, May 24 ~ 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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Evening Walk
Saturday, May 27 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
As singing birds settle in for the night,
we’ll stroll along the loop trail that surrounds the American
Chestnut groveand the old Christmas tree plantation.

Will we hear the strange “peeent” of a resident woodcock,
 the hoot of an owl,the slap of a beaver tail as we pass
the lodge, or the soothing calls of frogs and insects?

To add to the enjoyment of this relaxing walk,
a sweet treat will be served along the way.

It gets cool when the sun goes down, so dress warmly.
Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars and insect repellent.

Meet at the Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
parking area just off Route 254 on Lipeika Road in Litchfield.
No dogs allowed. Rain will cancel this walk.

For more information contact
Terri Bianci at joeb48@optonline.net
or 860-489-8821,
 or Debbie Martin
or 860-819-7462.

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Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, May 31 ~ 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 Over the North and South Summits
of Prospect Mountain
Saturday, June 3 ~ 9:00 a.m.
Prospect Mountain, Litchfield
It’s National Trails Day!
Join Marie Kennedy, Dean Birdsall, the Litchfield Land Trust,
and LHAS for a hike over Prospect Mountain.
Starting on the eastern side of the mountain,
we’ll hike to the north and south summits to admire
the views. We’ll watch and listen for breeding birds and learn
a bit of history as we traverse this wonderful mountain
owned by the Litchfield Land Trust.
It’s a moderate-to-difficult hike of about 2 hours,
suitable for families withchildren 5 years and up.
Meet at the kiosk on Cathole Road in Litchfield.
Heavy rain cancels.
For more information,
contact Marie at 860-567-5487

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Walk at Goshen Land Trust’s Newest Preserve
Sunday, June 4 ~ 7:30 a.m.
Mountain View Preserve, Goshen
The new 127-acre Mountain View Preserve, located 4 miles
north of the Goshen rotary on the east side of Route 63,
has views of the Berkshires and diverse flora and fauna.

Join Ann Orsillo for a three-hour (or so) walk here. Meet at
the United Church of Christ parking lot by the rotary.
Parking at the preserve is limited, so carpooling is a must.
Formore information, contact Ann
or 910-880-1518.

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Summer Bird Count
Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11
Captains are lined up and need your help.
Birders of any level of expertise can participate.
If you want to help, contact
Dave Tripp at dtrippjr@comcast.net
or 860-693-6524.

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Hike at Guilder Pond
South Egremont, MA
Friday, June 23 ~ 9:00 a.m.
Guilder Pond, South Egremont, MA
 (Rain Date — June 30)
Note that this is a Friday hike.
Meet Debbie Martin and Pamela Hicks at 9 a.m.
at the new Ocean State Job Lot in
Torrington (the former Kmart).

From there we can carpool to Guilder Pond,
where we will circle the pond and enjoy
a fabulous display of Mountain Laurel.

Bring a lunch and we can picnic in the
 pines after the hike. After lunch, there will be
an optional hike to the top of Mt. Everett.

The entire easy hike is a little over 4 miles.
Please let us know if you will attend.
Contact Debbie at barnowl54@hotmail.com
or Pam at 203-922-2684.

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Hike at Tunxis Wildlife Management Area
Saturday, June 24 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Tunxis Wildlife Management Area, West Hartland
This hike at Tunxis WMA begins on
Wilderness Road in West Hartland, CT,
and will take several hours.

We will startat 10 a.m.
and finish at approximately 4 p.m.
(this is a hike, not a walk).

After a pleasant walk of several hundred yards,
the trail forks: to the left it leads to the northeast
side of the Colebrook River Lake and is steep.

The right-handfork is a gradual rise, rocky in several places,
 and leads to Route 57 in Massachusetts.

Meet in Riverton, CT, across from the post office.
Bring water, lunch, snacks, and be sure
 to wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
For more information,contact
Gus Molitano at CDB1865@snet.net.

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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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