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

“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.

Picnic at Boyd Woods
Plus Live Animals from Sharon Audubon
Monday, August 7 ~ 6:00 p.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Rt. 254, Litchfield
Get out your picnic paraphernalia and join us at Boyd Woods Sanctuary
for our annual outdoor get-together. Besides enjoying the cameraderie
of your fellow LHASers, you'll be entertained by staff from Sharon Audubon
as they show us various species of live hawks, owls, turtles, and snakes.

Similarities and differences among these amazing critters will be discussed,
and several props will be on hand for viewing. Through this program,
you will better understand why raptors, reptiles, and their
environments should continue to be protected and respected.
For the picnic, bring your own chair or blanket, food,
beverage, and eating utensils, plus insect repellent.

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,

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
or Pam at 203-922-2684.

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

Summer Wildflower Walk
Saturday, July 22 ~ 9:00 a.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
An interesting, colorful wildflower program presented
by Carol Gracie, is sure to make you want to rush right out to see
some of these local beauties yourself. Our Boyd Woods Sanctuary,
with its meadows and recently clear-cut habitats, is the perfect
 place to discover many beautiful summer flowers in bloom.

Join Debbie Martin on this easy walk through these sunny areas,
and also through the woodlands around the pond to find wetland
and shade-loving species. Ferns, mushrooms,
and nesting birds will also be discussed along the way.

Bring your camera, binoculars,
insect repellent, and water to drink.
No dogs, please!
Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary
 parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Rain date: July 29.
Contact Debbie for more info at
or 860-819-7462.

    Summer Coastal Shorebirding
Saturday, August 5 ~ 8:00 a.m.
Milford/Stratford area
One of our home-grown experts, Fran Zygmont, will lead this
 shorebirding excursion to the Milford/Stratford area and possibly
Hammonassett in search of shorebirds, waders, and other birds.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the commuter parking lot off Route 8, Exit 39
 in Thomaston (exit for Bristol), across from Dunkin Donuts.
Bring sunblock, scope, field guides, and binoculars.
Heavy rain/storms cancel.
For more information,
contact Fran at 860-379-4461 or

    More Wildflowers!
A Walk at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary
Saturday, August 5  ~ 9:00 a.m.
Wigwam Brook Sanctuary
Rt. 254, Litchfield
Continuing our wildflower theme, we'll explore the fields and wetlands
to see what's blooming at Wigwam Brook. Over 30 species of lovely
flowers have been found in early August along the short, easy loop trail
that starts at the parking lot. These include Blue Vervain, Virgins Bower,
Fringed Loosestrife, Evening Primrose, Monkey Flower, and many more.
Shrubs, ripe with berries, attract many birds at this time,
and dragonflies hover over the wetlands.

Bring your camera, binoculars,
insect repellent, and water to drink.
Meet at the Wigwam Brook Sanctuary parking lot
on Lipeika Road, just off Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs, please!
For more information, contact Debbie
or 860-819-7462

    Full Moon Paddle on Bantam Lake
Sunday, August 6 ~ 7:00 p.m.
State Boat Launch in Morris
corner of Route 209 and Palmer Road in Morris
Let's hope for clear skies as we paddle with Diane and
Paul Edwards on Bantam Lake, under the light of a full moon.

Meet at the state boat launch at the corner
 of Route 209 and Palmer Road in Morris.
Rain cancels.
Please let Diane know ahead of time if you plan to go.
Contact her at 860-309-5139 or

    Birds and Butterflies Walk
Monday, August 14 ~ 8:00 a.m.
Bent of the River, Southbury
Join Donna Rose Smith for a two-hour walk at
Bent of the River Audubon Center,
185 East Flat Hill Road, Southbury.
Rain cancels.
For more information, contact
Donna Rose at 203-706-0474.

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

   Insect Safari     
Sunday, August 20 ~ 1:00 p.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Rt. 254, Litchfield
Sunny skies and the meadows and ponds
at the Boyd Woods Audubon sanctuary
 are ideal for finding a variety of butterflies,
dragonflies, and other insects.

We will search the field and forest on our mini safari.
Learn about the life cycle of these beautiful insects
and how you can attract them to your yard.
 Bring your net for this catch-and-release outing.

Check our website,, for other
upcoming Junior Audubon activities.

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