Meetings include a brief business segment, a summary of
recent trip reports and bird sightings, followed by a nature program.
Most meetings are held
at (unless otherwise specified):
St James's Episcopal Church,
1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT
see map below for location - parking is off road - in the back of the
church - enter from the Farmington Rd entrance.
begin at 7:30 p.m. preceded by social time starting at 7 p.m. with the
Christmas potluck supper - 6:30
May Annual Banquet/meeting – 6
Summer Club Picnic – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Phantasms & Fallacies: The Pitfalls in Bird Identification
Speaker: Julian Hough
How do some people find an inordinate amount of rarities? Why do large
groups of people misidentify some individual birds? This entertaining talk
answers these questions ‑ and more ‑ by looking at the connection between
our brain and the process of bird identification, and how we all are
susceptible to making mistakes.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
One Box at a Time:
Rebuilding American Kestrel Populations
Speaker: Tom Sayers
Sayers has made a huge difference to our local American kestrel
populations by diligently placing kestrel boxes to encourage kestrels to
nest and raise young. His talk will focus on how he started this process,
information about what influences successful kestrel nesting, the role of
the European Starling, and what he has learned about the birds using
banding, radio telemetry, and geo-locators on the birds.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Pot Luck Supper
Come join us in this fun event to celebrate the holiday season. A teacup
auction and showing of member photos will follow supper. Bring silverware,
plates, a dish to share and something for the teacup auction.
You will also
have an opportunity to show up to twelve photographs of your choice.
Contact Mona Cavallero for details on emailing photos before the meeting
Please plan on submitting photos by December 5th to allow preparation of
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
How to be a Successful Purple Martin Landlord
Speaker: Terry Shaw
Terry will give an overview of Purple Martin stewardship, including
facts about the birds, choosing an appropriate location and housing unit,
and the importance of nest monitoring.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Enhance Your HAS Experience
Speaker: Fred Nowak
Examine the tools available on the HASmember website designed to help
birders enjoy HAS, including Places map and HAS Trips database.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Speaker: Larry Fischer
This talk will focus on owl behavior, nesting habitat requirements, and
other interesting facts while showing close‑up photographs of the owls in
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
How Do Herons Target Underwater Prey Through the Reflective and Refractive
Surface of the Water?
Speaker: Holly Brown
In order to target underwater prey, herons that hunt in the
day must cope both with glare at the surface of the water, and with
refraction, changes in the angle of light as it passes from water to air.
Holly will talk about her research on behavioral and anatomical
mechanisms that may allow herons to compensate for glare, as well as how
herons may be able to use refraction to their advantage while hunting
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Banquet & Annual Meeting
Pond House, Elizabeth Park, W Hartford
1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT
The meeting starts after dinner, around 7:30 p.m. and features the
election of Officers and Directors, the Treasurer’s report, presentation
of the Member of the Year award and the Presidents address. Note:
Members may arrive for the meeting at 7:30 pm and not pay the $25 banquet
Babies” presentation will follow the Annual Meeting featuring the
downy young of wetland birds, along with photos of their parents. The
special photos of difficult to find birds are by the speaker.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Club Picnic /
Warming Shed, Northwest Park, 145 Lang Rd, Windsor
Come early to look for Orchard Orioles and Indigo Buntings before the 6:30
p.m. supper. Bring your own food, drink and utensils.
The picnic will conclude with a brief meeting.