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.
To get added to our email notification list, send an email to

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.

Avian Ambassadors at
Our Annual Picnic
Monday, August 6  ~ 6:00 pm
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
Route 254 in Litchfield  
Jay Fields, an education specialist from Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy,
will show us some of the fascinating waterfowl that the conservancy cares for.
The conservancy maintains one of the largest, most diverse and most
endangered community of waterfowl in North America. Jay, along
with his “Avian Ambassadors,” visits schools, fairs, and other institutions
to educate the public about the need to protect waterfowl
and wetlands through research, education, and conservation.

His presentation will follow our picnic and brief
business meeting, all of which will take place at our
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary on Route 254 in Litchfield.
For the picnic, bring your own chair or blanket, food, beverage,
 and eating utensils, plus insect repellent.

All About Mushrooms    
Monday, September 10 ~ 6:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Learn about these fascinating fungi from micologist Mike Bok.
More details to come in the September/October
 issue of Chickadee Chatter.

Birding Events & Field Trips
If you want to get emailed trip notices, special club announcements, etc.,
contact David Zomick at 860-584-2824 or
You can also check our website,

Paddling Trip on Wood Creek Pond  
Saturday, July 21 ~ 10:00 am
428 Ashpohtag Road
This pond is surrounded by beautiful woods, mountain laurel,
and wild blueberry bushes. Bring your PFD (life vest),
water, and a picnic lunch. Meet at the state boat launch
at the pond, 428 Ashpohtag Road, Norfolk.

Please register for this event by contacting Marie Kennedy
at or 860-567-5487.

   Summer Saunter     
Saturday, August 18  ~ 9:00 am
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Route 254, Litchfield
Enjoy a sultry summer stroll at Boyd Woods Sanctuary. Dainty wildflowers
 and butterflies are a delight to see in the sunny meadows now.
Birds sing in the cool woods and beside the brook. Noisy frogs and soaring
dragonflies make Margery’s Bird Pond a hub of activity on a hot day.

This leisurely saunter will take about 2 hours,
but can be shorter if the day is extremely hot.
Bring water to drink, binoculars, and insect repellent.
Meet at the Boyd Woods parking lot on Route 254
 in Litchfield. No dogs allowed. Rain cancels.

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

Kayak/Shorebirding Trip
Friday, August 24 ~ 8:30 am (carpool)
Milford Point
Kayak the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh with Pamela Hicks, David Zomick,
and Angela Dimmitt. Steeped in local history, the marsh offers
an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas, and a chance
to paddle and unwind. Note that wind and weather conditions may
cause the water trip to be canceled, even on a sunny day.

If water conditions are not safe, we will simply
 go shorebirding, enjoy nature, and picnic.
We will meet promptly at 8:30 a.m. at the commuter parking lot
off Route 8 exit 39 in Thomaston, on Route 6 across
from the Dunkin Donuts, to ensure a put-in at 10 a.m.

If you would like to meet at the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh,
here are directions: From Route 1 in Milford, take Naugatuck Ave.
Turn right onto Milford Point Road, then turn right onto Court Street.
Follow until the end, arriving at the parking area.
We expect to be there by 9:30 a.m.

Visit for a map of the Wheeler Salt Marsh.
For more information, contact David at 860-513-8600

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

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