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

    Picnic at Boyd Woods
Plus Live Animals from Sharon Audubon      
Monday, September 11 ~ 5:30 p.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
(Rescheduled from our rained-out August meeting.)
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.
The picnic starts at 5:30; the program at 6 p.m.

    Freund's Farm and CowPots
Potluck Dinner
Monday, October 2 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Amanda Freund is a third-generation farmer on her family's dairy farm,
Freund's Farm, in East Canaan. Diversification and innovation have been
important to the continued operation of the farm. The family business
has evolved to include Freund's Farm Market & Bakery, the value-added
production of CowPots from their cows' manure, and most recently the
 installation of robotic milkers on their dairy farm. Amanda is joined
by her brother, sister, and cousin as the next generation at Freund's Farm.
She will describe how dairy farming has evolved to utilize the newest
 technology to better care for their cows and their land.
This evening is also our fall potluck dinner
- hence, the earlier starting time!
So bring a dish to share and your own place setting.

  The Owls of Western Connecticut
Monday, November 6  ~ 7:00 p.m.
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.

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,

'Swallow Spectacle' Paddle Trip on the CT River
Wednesday, September 13 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Pilgrim Landing in Old Lyme
Join David Zomick on the Connecticut River to see the "Swallow Spectacle."
We will paddle and bird leisurely around Lord Cove marsh,
 enjoying the coastal tidal scenery and birding. We will then be
 in place for the breathtaking display at dusk.

Bring your life jacket/PFD, binoculars, and flashlight
or headlamp, as we will be returning after dusk.
Also consider bringing food, water, sunscreen, insect repellent,
and camera. Be prepared to return in darkness.
Meet at Pilgrim Landing in Old Lyme. Rain cancels.

Directions: From the east - Take I-95 South to exit 70.
Turn right onto Lyme Street.
Then turn left on Halls Road/US-1; follow for 0.6 mile.
Turn right onto Route 156/Neck Road.
Pilgrim Landing will be on your left.

From the west - Take I-95 North to exit 70.
Turn left onto Route 156/Neck Road.
Pilgrim Landing will be on your left.

Preregistration is required.
To register, contact David Zomick
at or 860-513-8600.

'Swallow Spectacle' Cruise on the CT River
Thursday, September 21 ~ 5:30 p.m.
Witness the "tornadoes" of Tree Swallows - hundreds of thousands of them!
 - as they perform their aerial ballet over the river at dusk.
The folks at Connecticut RiverQuest will take us to a special spot on the
 river for the best views of the yearly spectacle. Many other migrating birds,
such as Bald Eagles and Great Egrets, may put in an appearance as well.

The cruise will last 3.5 hours. Bring a picnic supper and beverage.
RiverQuest will give LHAS members a chance to register for the cruise
 before registration opens to the general public September 7.
Cost: $40 per person. You must register directly
with CT RiverQuest at

Visit Our Table at WMCC's Family Nature Day
Saturday, September 23 ~ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Be sure to stop by - or perhaps help out - at the
 LHAS table at White Memorial's Family Nature Day.
We'll have activities for children and information to inspire adults.
If you can help staff our table for an hour or two,
 contact Carol Perrault at
or 860-589-8023.

Hawk Watch
Saturday, September 30 ~ 7:30 a.m.
Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
Hawk watchers at Lighthouse Point Park typically tally more birds
than at any other reporting site northeast of Cape May, NJ,
says National Audubon. And thousands of other migrating birds -
plus monarch butterflies - pass the point too,
 many of them stopping to rest and eat.

Join Diane Edwards and Marie Kennedy for a
day of watching this annual migration spectacle.
Meet for carpooling at the commuter lot on Route 118
in Harwinton, next to exit 42 on Route 8. Rain cancels.
For more information, contact Diane
at or 860-309-5139.

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 4 ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
email Ray at
and ask him to put you on his email list.

Coastal Shorebirding with Fran Zygmont
Saturday, October 7 ~ 8:00 a.m.
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

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray
Wednesday, October 11 ~ time TBA
Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.
For meeting time and location,
email Ray at
and ask him to put you on his email list.

'The Changing Landscape'
A Walk at Boyd Woods and Wigwam
Sunday, October 15 ~ 1:30 p.m.
Boyd Woods and Wigwam Brook Sanctuaries
This 2.5-mile walk will pass through areas of Boyd Woods and
Wigwam Brook Sanctuaries where the landscape has been changed either
by man or by nature. Clearcutting of woods. Plantings of conifers.
 Ponds, created in the 1960s. The introduction of invasive species.
A power line right-of-way that is cut back periodically.

Beavers that move in and out of a wetland.
Walking along, we'll discuss our visual perceptions of the
altered scenery and the impact or benefits to birds
and other wildlife, due to these changes.

After the walk there will be an optional
visit to our active beaver lodge. Bring apples!
After we feed our beavers, we'll have
dinner at a local pizza restaurant.

Please join us!
Meet at the Boyd Woods parking area
on Route 254 in Litchfield.
No dogs allowed. Rain date: October 22
 For more information contact Debbie Martin, or 860-819-7462.

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
and ask him to put you on his email list.

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

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
and ask him to put you on his email list.

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

Discovery Walk
Saturday, September 9 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
(Rain date: September 16)
The forests and fields of the
Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary
are full of opportunities for discovery.
We will look for birds, bugs, and flowers.
Nets and observation jars will be provided,
 but bring your own if you have them.
We will create a nature craft to take home.
Meet in the parking area at Boyd Woods Sanctuary,
off Route 254 in Litchfield.
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

Stream Study     
Saturday, October 7 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
(Rain date: October 14)
Find out what critters make their home in Wigwam Brook
and participate in a citizen science project.
We will meet at Boyd Woods Sanctuary
off Route 254 in Litchfield to do a stream survey.
Learn how a category of insects called macroinvertebrates
 tell a story about the health of the stream.
Bring your pond net if you have one.
Wear or bring your boots or water shoes for this event.
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

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