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P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut
06127-0207

 

Or e-mail us at: hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com

 

FIELD TRIPS:

Field Trips are open to the public.  Beginners are welcome. 

There is no charge for most club trips.  Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel expenses and accommodations, when applicable.

Members and non-members can email us at: 
hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com.  Your inquiry will be appropriately routed to the trip leader in charge who will call you back to answer your questions. 

Note to Members
Please consult the membership booklet for more details on these trips. Please inform the leaders if you plan to join the group. Pouring rain generally cancels a trip, but it may not be raining at the trip site, so call.  

The Hartford Audubon Society Board would like to remind and encourage its members to take seriously the Aims of this organization to promote conservation of our natural resources and car pool whenever possible.    


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                         HAS Birding Trip Meeting Points



                                           2014 Trips:


                                        SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7,
2014
                                         Stellwagen Bank Pelagic Trip

Join us for a one-day 8-hour boat trip in and around the rich waters twenty miles east of Stellwagen Bank and Cape Cod. Meet at 7:15AM. The ship sails 8:00 AM and returns at 4:00 PM.  This year our ship will again depart from Plymouth MA, not from Cape Cod. Please go to this website  http://trips33.blogspot.com  to get full details on this 2014 trip, including the meeting point and how you can buy/reserve your tickets for the 110-foot ship. Do that soon, before the ship fills up. It is also essential that you email to robben99@gmail.com to register for this 2014 trip.  This is a joint trip with Krill Carson's NECWA organization, and we will have an outstanding team of leaders/experts onboard.
Leader: Tom Robben, 860-922-1098

                                           SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

                                             Swallow Spectacle Paddle Trip

Join David Zomick on the CT River to see the "Swallow Spectacle." We will first enjoy the Connecticut tidal scenery  while paddling/birding  around the Lord Cove marsh. We will then be in place for the breathtaking display at dusk, when thousands of swallows dive into the grass to roost. Bring  food, water, headlamp, flashlight,  sunscreen,  insect  repellent,  binoculars,  camera and light stick/glow  lights  for  front  and rear of your boat.    Life  jacket/PFD required.  Be prepared to return in darkness.   Meet at Pilgrim Landing in Old Lyme at 3:00 PM. Rain cancels.

Directions: From the west - Take I-95 North to exit 70. Turn left onto Rte 156/Neck Rd. Pilgrim Landing will be on your left. From the East - Take I-95 South to exit 70.Turn right onto Lyme St, then left onto Halls Rd/Rte 1. Go 0.6 mile, turn right onto Rte 156/Neck Rd. Watch for the sign for Pilgrim Landing, as the sign is small. Parking is very limited.
If you plan to attend, please contact: David Zomick at 860-584-2824 or jubiladodz@comcast.net

                                  
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Hawk Watch at Booth Hill, West Hartland

Come see Broad-winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut, with chances of seeing hundreds or thousands of birds. See other hawk species as well. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day watching migrating hawks. Meet at Booth Hill at 9:00 AM. Call leader for directions.
Leader: Paul Carrier 860-485-9654 or
860-689-6590   / carriergraphics@sbcglobal.net

 

 

Directions to Booth Hill:

 

From Hartford:

Take Route 44 west through Avon/Canton - into New Hartford. just past New Hartford, still on Route 44, look for Pleasant Valley road on the right. Follow this north for a mile or so and you will see an iron bridge on right. Keep going straight till it ends. Here take a right into Riverton on Route 20. Follow Route  20 up the hill till intersection with stop sign. Here take a left - still Route 20, we are a mile or so up on the right in a field by the road.
 
Look for parked cars. We will be there around 9 am.

From Simsbury area, pick up Route 20 and follow it north. Past Granby into East Hartland, continue on 20 north down big hill, then up big hill going south. (you are going around the Barkhamstead reservoir). At the top, go on till you see Milo Coe Rd. on right. We are just past this on left just where the woods turns into a field.  

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Station 43 Beginner's Bird Walk 1, South Windsor

This is the first of four bird walks designed for beginners, though all are invited. Station 43 is an excellent birding area year 'round, and on each walk we will look for seasonal birds. This area has produced good birds over the years, and you never know what might pop up. Wear high boots, as the area is inclined to be wet. Do yourself a favor, and mark your calendar with all four walks now. Join us at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St at 8:00 AM. Leaders: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or    rapreston@snet.net and Jon Ward 860-677-4197

 

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Hawk Watch at Booth Hill, West Hartland

Come see Broad-winged Hawks at their peak migration through Connecticut, with chances of seeing hundreds or thousands of birds. See other hawk species as well. Bring a chair, food and drink, and spend the day watching migrating hawks. Meet at Booth Hill at 9:00 AM. Call leader for directions. Leader: Paul Carrier 860-485-9654 or  or 860-689-6590  or carriergraphics@sbcglobal.net  (see directions and map posted under the 9/13 field trip)

 

 

                                       SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

                                                Great Pond, Simsbury

This walk never fails to get good birds. We have birded the pond for many years. If you haven't been there, we would like you to join us. If you have been there, come on back and enjoy. Even if we don't see much, we plan on having a great time, and the company is excellent! Great Pond is a neat place, and a beautiful State Forest. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd at 8:00 AM.

Leaders Roger Preston: 860-658-5010 or rapreston@snet.net and Jon Ward: 860-677-4197

 

                                        SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

                                              Glastonbury Meadows

Join us for a morning walk through the Glastonbury Meadows, one of the premier birding locations in Hartford County. Species that could be seen include Connecticut Warbler, Sora, and Virginia Rail. We are limited to 10 participants since the land is privately owned. Please contact Bill Asteriades to reserve your spot and find out the meeting location. We will meet at 7:15 AM.

Leaders: Bill Asteriades 860-659-1912 or bill.asteriades@gmail.com.  and Andrew Dasinger 860-652-8521 or amdasinger@gmail.com


 

                                            SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Birding and Maintenance Party

Lewis Farm, Suffield

Bring your gloves, binoculars and lunch and help the Sanctuaries Committee keep Lewis Farm beautiful and clear of brush. Meet at Lewis Farm  entrance at 8:30 AM.

Leader: Gil Kleiner 860-658-5670  or ctwarbler@att.net
 

 

                                          SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

                                         How to Teach About Nature Outdoors

This 1½ hour hike/program will give practical tips to help teachers of grades K-8 use the outdoors to teach interdisciplinary science/literacy/math. We will walk a 1.5 mile loop at the Mary Conklin Preserve in Canton, talking about the habitat and how to integrate it with curriculum, how to extend outdoor learning with your school environment and how to teach outdoor safety to your students. Meet at 9:00 AM. Directions from Hartford: Take Rte 44 north through Canton about a mile past the Rte 202/179 intersection, turn right onto Indian Hill Rd and follow it approximately 1 mile. Spaulding Rd will come in on your right. Just after this intersection, take the 2nd driveway  on the left. There is a large red mailbox and a Canton Land Trust sign next to the driveway. Enter the driveway onto the unpaved parking area directly on the right.  Leader: Sarah Faulkner: 860-543-1280 or sffaulkner@comcast.net 



                                   SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014

                                         Greenstone Hollow, East Granby

Come and see our newly refurbished nature preserve.  After several years of allowing the preserve to languish, we have cut trees and found lots of birds in this area. Here you can find shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond, and wooded habitats. Directions: At the intersection of Rtes 20 and 187 in East Granby, take 187(North Main St) north for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Ridge Blvd. The main entrance is on the right at the end of the guardrail. Meet at 8:00 AM.

Leaders: Chris and Diane Fisher 860-658-2903 or chrisf001@aol.com

 

        

                                    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014

                                          Glastonbury Meadows

Join us for a morning walk through the Glastonbury Meadows, one of the premier birding locations in Hartford County. Species that could be seen include Connecticut Warbler, Sora, and Virginia Rail. We are limited to 10 participants since the land is privately owned. Please contact Bill Asteriades to reserve your spot and find out the meeting location. We will meet at 7:15 AM.

Leaders: Bill Asteriades 860-659-1912 or bill.asteriades@gmail.com and Andrew Dasinger 860-652-8521 or amdasinger@gmail.com

 
                                            SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014

“Big Sit” at Station 43, South Windsor

Join other members of HAS for a day of fun at Station 43. We will count all species we see and hear from a 17- foot circle at the south end of the marsh during a 24-hour period. Can we beat last year’s count? Or set a new record? Look for details in The Crest or on our web site, www.hartfordaudubon.org

Coordinator: Jay Kaplan 860-693-0157 or jaybrd49@aol.com

 

                                SATURDAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11-12, 2014

                          Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

                                         Pelagic Ferry Trip

Please join us for a two-day 24-hour round trip (205 miles each way) on the new Novastar ferry (Google Novastar cruises) across the wide Gulf of Maine, as we look for Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Alcids, Gannets, Skuas and other mid-Autumn pelagic species.

Please go to this website, trips33.blogspot.com, to get full details on this new 2014 trip, including the Maine meeting point and how you can buy/reserve your tickets for the 528-foot ship. Trip starts 8PM Saturday and ends 7pm Sunday. It is also essential that you email to robben99@gmail.com to register for this bird trip, since extreme weather may postpone this trip one week.

  Please check the following website for more info;
   SeaBirding the Northeast Continental Shelf and Northwards

NOTE: YOUR VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED to board the ferry!!

Leader: Tom Robben, 860-922-1098

 

                                               

                                       SATURDAY, SUNDAY, and  MONDAY,                                            NOVEMBER 8, 9, and 10, 2014

                                         Delaware and Maryland

This trip will visit Blackwater Refuge, Bombay Hook and Ocean City, among other sites, searching for wintering waterfowl and sea birds. Past trips have produced Ross's Goose, Brown-headed Nuthatch, White Pelicans, and thousands of Snow Geese. We will begin our trip at the southern terminus and work our way back.Call leader for details and meeting place.

Leader: Peter Stephan 860-729-8374 or stephanraf@aol.com

 

                                          SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014

                                       Hammonasset Beach State Park

Meet at the Nature Center at Meig's Point at 8:00 AM to begin a search for Lapland Longspurs, owls, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and other winter species. Dress warmly for this morning trip. Bad weather and dangerous road conditions cancel trip.

Leaders: Adrian and Beth Nichols  860-526-7865 or nichols.adrian@comcast.net

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014

Christmas Bird Count

                    (Blizzard date: Refer to Newsletter)         

Look for details in November/December Crest Newsletter.

Chairs: Steve Davis 860-242-2135 and Jay Kaplan 860-693-0157

Regional Captains (subject to change)

                    1. Paul Desjardins                   

                    2. Patrice Favreau                     

                    3. Dave Lyons                           

                    4. Andrew Dasinger              

                    5. Steve Kotchko                     

                    6. Jay Kaplan

                    7. Sylvia Halkin        

                    8. Brian Toal

                    9. TBD - West Hartford

                   10. Mark Shapiro  

                   11.Gil Kleiner

                   12.Blair Wlochowski

 

 

                                          2015 PROGRAMS

 

                       

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015

Station 43 Beginner's Walk II, South Windsor

This will be a cold one, but don't let that discourage you from coming. We award a blue nose to anyone showing up if the temperature is below 10 degrees. Coffee hour is usually one hour earlier when it is that cold. Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk and Northern Shrike await us on this winter jaunt. Please note that we meet at 9:00 AM at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St.

Leaders:
Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston@snet.net and Jon Ward 860-677-4197

 

 

                           SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 19-20, 2015

                                     Cape Ann Newburyport,  MA

Barrow’s Goldeneye, Snowy Owl, alcids and sea ducks are the targets of this perennial favorite trip. Dress for the severe cold weather. Carpooling is encouraged and motel reservations should be made early. Contact  leader for motel, meeting time and place at least one week in advance.    

Leaders: Jim Moore 650-673-4672 or jmooreo6742@sbcglobal.net and Fran D’Amico 203-237-2734 or frandamico525@yahoo.com

 

                                     SATURDAY AND  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7-8, 2015

                                                                 Cape Cod, MA

This is New England late winter birding at its finest. A variety of fresh and saltwater habitats make this an ideal trip to see many species of waterfowl, alcids, winter gulls and the occasional vagrant. Past trips have turned up rarities such as Pink-footed Goose, Atlantic Puffin, Western Bluebird and Rock Wren. The Cape in winter is beautiful and quiet. Rain date will be 2/28 and 3/1.Call early for reservations.

Leader: Peter Stephan 860-729-8374 or stephraf@aol.com   

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015

Station 43 Beginner's Walk III, South Windsor

The ice should be mostly gone as the birds begin to return just in time for this walk. We may also have a few leftovers from winter. The water levels will be even higher, so don't forget your boots! Meet at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St at 8:00 AM. Leader: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 rapreston@snet.net

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015

Woodcocks at Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area, Simsbury

Come enjoy the unique mating display or "sky dance" of the American Woodcock. We will meet just a little before sunset and wait to hear and see this strange bird. This will be a relatively short outing but you can stay and listen to the birds after it gets too dark to see them. Meet at 7:00 PM  at the back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park, 82 Hopmeadow St (Rte 10) in Simsbury, 1.4 miles north of the intersection of Rtes 10 and 44. From the parking lot we will walk a  short distance into the wet fields of the Nod Brook WMA.

Leader: Brian Toal 860-677-7156 or briantoal@sbcglobal.net                           

 

Saturday, March  21, 2015 - COA aNNUAL mEETING

Middlesex  Community College

 The public is invited to this all-day conference, featuring well-known birding experts who will be speaking on birding and bird-related topic. For additional information, contact www.ctbirding.org. There is a registration fee.

 

                                                                

                                           FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

                                                Bogsucker Slog

Come join the Bolton Land Trust for its 3rd Annual Bogsucker Slog. Meet at 6:30 PM at the Gazebo, 206 Bolton Center Rd as we welcome spring in concert with the American Woodcock and its enchanting sunset dance. Bring kids for themed refreshments, music and a parade through Bolton Center to nearby habitat.

Leaders: Michael Tierney  860-944-4264 and Ernie Harris (phone# TBD)

                        

 

                                                SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

                                              Sachuest Point, Rhode Island

Sachuest Point is home to the largest wintering flock of Harlequin Ducks in New England with upwards of 60 birds possible. Other ducks and seabirds are common, and we may see Northern Gannets and Razorbills as well as many birds that are harder to find in Connecticut. Bring a lunch for this all-day trip. Meet at the Sachuest Point parking lot at 8:30 AM. Call leader for directions.

Leader: Paul Desjardins 860-623-3696 or paul.desjardins2@gmail.com
 

 

SATURDAY,  APRIL  4, 2015

Western Connecticut Shoreline

We will drive to Sherwood Island Park and work our way back toward New Haven. We will be looking for late wintering birds and early spring migrants. We previously have had gannets, rare gulls, and other surprises on this trip that falls between the two seasons. Dress warmly and bring lunch for this most-of-the-day trip. If you would like to carpool, meet at the Long Wharf Information Center, New Haven, at 7:15 AM, but please inform the leader that you are doing so. Otherwise meet in the parking lot of Sherwood Island Park in Westport at 8:00 AM.

Leader: Sara Zagorski at penguinsz@sbcglobal.net or 860-906-2150.

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

Greenstone Hollow, East Granby

Come and see our newly refurbished nature preserve.  After several years of allowing the preserve to languish, we have cut trees and found lots of birds in this area. Here you can find shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond, and wooded habitats. Directions: At the intersection of Rtes 20 and 187 in East Granby, take 187(North Main St) north for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Ridge Blvd. The main entrance is on the right at the end of the guardrail. Meet at 8:00 AM. Leaders: Chris and Diane Fisher 860-658-2903 or  chrisf001@aol.com

 

       

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015

Great Pond, Simsbury

What better way to start your spring count than a walk with us at our favorite spot? There should be a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving. Meet at the parking lot off Great Pond Rd at 7:30 AM.  Leaders: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston@snet.net and Gil Kleiner 860-658-5670 or ctwarbler@att.net

 

 

APRIL 25- MAY 17, 2015

Annual Spring Census

Three-Week Census Period

Chair, Jamie Meyers  860-693-4497

Captains subject to change.
Check The Crest or HAS Website for up-to-date information.

 

 Avon Brian Toal
Barkhamstead    Margaret Schuster
Bloomfield Linda Clancy
Bolton Ernie Harris
Burlington     Margaret Schuster
Canton       Jay Kaplan
East Hartford Debi Wheeler
Ellington      TBD
Enfield   Jim Deschamps
Farmington    Patsy Mason
Glastonbury Bill Asteriades
Granby John Weeks
Hartford   TBD
Manchester Dave Lyons
New Britain  TBD
Newington   Roy Zartarian
Portland      Joe Budrow
Rocky Hill 

TBD

Simsbury   Roger Preston
Somers Jan Collins
South Windsor TBD
Suffield Arthur Sikes
West Hartford Diane Tucker
Wethersfield Steve Kotchko
Windsor    Mike and Judy Whittlesey

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015

Birding and Maintenance Party

Lewis Farm, Suffield

Bring your gloves, binoculars and lunch and help the Sanctuaries Committee keep Lewis Farm beautiful and clear of brush. Meet at Lewis Farm entrance at 8:30 AM. Leader: Gil Kleiner 860-658-5670 or  ctwarbler@att.net

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015

Station 43 Beginner’s Bird Walk IV, South Windsor

This is a walk you don’t want to miss. Waterfowl, shorebirds, nesters and some passerines await your binoculars. It will still be wet, so remember your boots. After we get our 50 or more birds on this walk, we will adjourn to Dunkin Donuts to tally the four  walks, and a quiz will be held for the advanced birders! We do have fun, so join us at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St at 8:00 AM.

Leaders: Roger Preston 860-658-5010 or rapreston@snet.net and  Jon Ward 860-677-4197

 

                                                  SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015

                                   Quarry Park and Connecticut River Floodplain

We are looking for Bobolinks, sparrows, shorebirds, nesting songbirds, and other surprises on this morning trip exploring Quarry Park and the Connecticut River floodplain in the Rocky Hill area. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and if the spring has been wet, bring waterproof boots. Meet at the small dirt parking area for Quarry Park, at the corner of Old Main St and Marshall Rd.

From I-91 exit 24, take the Silas Deane Hwy (Rte 99) south to the first traffic light. Turn left onto Marshall Rd next to the Howard Johnson Motel and follow it to the end. The parking lot is across Old Main St - there is no sign. Approximate location: 270 Old Main St. Meet at 7:00 AM.  Leader: Larry Lunden 860-232-2416

 

                                                  SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

                                                   Gay City State Park, Hebron

Gay City State Park in Hebron is the location for this trip in a search for migrants and other birds in a variety of habitats. Meet at the main entrance at 7:00 AM. Directions from Hartford area: I-84 east to I-384 east. Take exit 5 off I-384 and bear right onto Rte 85 south. Travel for approximately 5 miles (watch signs, as Rte 85 takes several turns). Main entrance to Gay City State Park will be on your right. Enter Park and pass guardhouse; meet at first lot on right after guardhouse. Bring a lunch to picnic in the park, after  which we will visit a local farm habitat.

Leader: Ernie Harris  (phone# TBD) or    pdlqlt@mac.com

 

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015

Bartholomew's Cobble, Ashley Falls, MA

The Cobble is a beautiful preserve of about 200 acres along the scenic Housatonic River. The preserve is a great area for spring migrants and is well known for its profusion of wildflowers and ferns. This morning walk will explore several trails through forest and meadow to the top of Hulburt's Hill, with its magnificent views of the Housatonic Valley. Hiking boots are recommended. Entrance fee for adult is $5 and child 6-12 is $1. Meet at the parking lot off Weatogue Road at 8:00 AM.

Leader: Mike Thomas 860-653-3280

 

                                           SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015

                                           East Rock Park, New Haven

This is one of the best spots to see migrating warblers, often at eye level, as this is the first place birds see after crossing Long Island Sound. Meet at Ely Whitney Museum parking lot on Whitney Ave at 7:00 AM.

Leader: Paul Desjardins 860-623-3696 or paul.desjardins2@gmail.com
 

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015

Major Donnelly Land Preserve, South Windsor

This is a morning binocular walk of 2-3 miles on dirt, sometimes muddy trails. Varied habitats - forest, field, meadow - offer warblers, sparrows, raptors. Tick repellent highly recommended. Meet at paved parking lot next to Dairy Queen on Sullivan Ave (DQ address is 845 Sullivan). Park in the lot with the green sign for Donnelly Preserve. Meet at 7:15 AM. Leader: Patrice Favreau pfavreau@cox.net.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

Freja Park and Bolton Notch State Park, Bolton

This walk in Bolton visits two beautiful habitats that border the Hop River Trail in Bolton Notch. Bring repellent, etc. Meet at the parking lot down off I-384 -you bear left onto Rte 44 where Rte 44 and Rte 6 separate and take a quick left after passing under the bridge. You will now be heading west on I-384. Watch carefully for a sharp right turn down to the lot. Meet at 7:00 AM. Leader: Ernie Harris  pdlqlt@mac.com

 

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Mount Auburn Cemetery and Plum Island, MA

Visit this famous Cambridge, MA warbler hotspot, Mount Auburn Cemetery. It is not only good for birds; it is also a beautiful, park-like cemetery. Then it's on to Plum Island at Newburyport for more warblers and shorebirds. We will have dinner at Newburyport before leaving. This is a carpooling trip. Call for further information. Meeting time is 7:00 AM at the cemetery.

Leader: Jim Moore 860-673-4672 or jmoore6742 @sbcglobal.net

 

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015

Cromwell Meadows

This trip should offer an assortment of land bird migrants as well as nesting Osprey. This state owned facility is located off Rte 99. To get there from Middletown go north on Rte 9 for 1 mile and take exit for Rte 99. Go north on Rte 99 for 0.4 mile, left on South St for 0.9 miles and left through tunnel under Rte 9 to the parking lot. If coming from the north just look for the sign on your right in Cromwell just before you get onto Rte 9. Meet at 7:00AM.  Leader: Larry Lunden 860-232-2416

 

 

                                                  SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015

                                                Babcock Pond WMA, Colchester

Babcock Pond is a 1500 acre WMA in Colchester. It is heavily wooded yet encompasses a variety of habitats, which in turn provides for a rich variety of birdlife. We'll explore woods, fields, ponds and shrub land. Meet at 7:30 AM in the boat launch parking lot, on the south side of Rte 16, 3 miles west of Exit 18 off Rte 2, just past Miles Standish Rd.

Leaders: Alberta and Rob Mirer 860-891-8364 or twomirers@ comcast.net

                                                                                       

                                                   SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015

                                                      Guilford's East River

Come explore Guilford's East River watershed, one of the most intact tidal marsh systems in the state. We'll visit Guilford's East River Preserve, nearly one square mile of protected fields, marshes and forest at the tidal headwaters of the East River.  We'll begin at Audubon's Guilford Salt Meadows Sanctuary and look for migrant land birds, explore the lower part of the marsh at Neck Rd  in Madison, and search for Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows.  We'll also visit the Sachem's Head shorebird pools. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Audubon Guilford Salt Meadow Sanctuary on Meadowlands Rd off Clapboard Hill Rd - (exit 59 off I-95). We'll carpool from there, as there is limited parking at some of the stops.

Leader: Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon CT  203-264-5098 ext 305 or 267-6732 ext 308

 

                                             SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015

                                              Nepaug Trip, Canton Area

This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best. Meet at the commuter parking lot on Rte 179 in Canton, just north of the intersection of Rtes 202 and 44 at 7:30 AM.      Leader: Jamie Meyers 860-693-4497

 

 

                                                 SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

                                          Migrants of Machimoodus State Park

Machimoodus Park has some wide open areas that allow for excellent views of spring migrants. Prairie Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers, plentiful Indigo Buntings and Orchard Orioles, and a good mix of other species are likely. On the way back, we may check for Hooded Oriole  at nearby Hurd Park.  Meet at the Brownstone Intermediate School parking lot at 7:00AM, or look for us at Machimoodus Park parking lot at about 7:30 AM.  Leader: Larry Nichols cell: 860-304-5240 or email lvn600@hotmail.com

 

                                           SUNDAY May 24, 2015

Penwood State Park, Bloomfield

We'll explore this northerly section of the Talcott Mountain Range for a wide variety of migrants and resident breeders. Penwood is one of the best spots north of Hartford for the elusive Worm-eating Warbler. We'll be walking on semi-paved and well-cleared trails that are steep in some sections. Participants should be prepared to walk 3-4 miles. Meet at the main parking lot off Rte 185 at 7:00AM.

Leader: Brian Kleinman  H:860-653-2535  C:860-655-7464  or  snaketat@cox.net 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015

Fisher Meadow, Avon

Fisher Meadow is a great place to see spring migrants. This park offers a nice mix of habitats that include fields, woodlands, shrub land, and a large pond. Bird species such as Orchard Oriole, Yellow-throated Vireo and American Redstart all nest here, while Brown Thrasher and Osprey are typically seen during migration. Mourning Warbler has been seen here in the past. This is an easy stroll around the pond and should be enjoyable for all levels of birders. Meet in the Fisher Meadow parking lot off Old Farms Rd in Avon at 7:00 AM.

Leader:  Brian Toal 860-677-7156 or briantoal@sbcglobal.net

 

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

Greenstone Hollow, East Granby

Come visit our newest maintained sanctuary. Here you can find shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats. Directions: At the intersection of Rtes 20 and 187 in East Granby, take 187(North Main St) north for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Ridge Blvd. The main entrance is on the right at the end of the guardrail. Meet at7:30 AM. Leader: Larry Lunden 860-232-2416

                                                                    

                                            SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015

                                            Kent and surrounding areas

Join us for an exploration of north Kent - its forest, fields and meadows along the Housatonic River. Hope for Cerulean, Hooded, Worm-eating and Blue Winged Warblers and Orchard Oriole. Walk through grass for 4 hours or more. Meet at 7:00 AM in the Kent School parking lot, south side of Rt 341, 0.3 miles west of Rt 7 intersection in Kent center( west side of bridge crosses the Housatonic).

Leaders: Olaf Soltau  osoltau@aol.com and Ernie Harris  pdlqlt@mac.com

 

 

                                                   SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015

                                              Don't Be Afraid To Go Hiking!

This gorgeous 1 ½ hour hike on the Ted Wright Trail in Canton will go through some typical New England deciduous forest with some hilly terrain. The leader will stop along the way and talk about nature and ecology, as well as safety tips for parents and children while hiking. Topics will include what to do if you are lost, bug protection, plants to avoid and tips for watching birds and other wildlife. Location: Ted Wright Trail, Breezy Hill Rd, Smith Tree Farm property, Canton Land Trust. Directions: Take Rte 179 north in Canton to Barbourtown Rd, then left onto Breezy Hill. The trail head is at the top of the hill on the right, with a small parking area; meet at 9:00AM.    http://cantonlandtrust.org  

Leader: Sara Faulkner  860-543-1280 or sffaulkner@comcast.net

 

                              SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 13-14, 2015

                                              Summer Bird Count

Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in COA's 19th annual Summer Bird Count. Species and numbers are counted on this 2-day tally within our Christmas Count circle. Bird one day or both and help accumulate breeding bird data and track species trends for Connecticut.

Coordinator: Jay Kaplan 860-693-0157 or    jaybrd49@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

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