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Hammonasset Beach State Park Trip Report – 12/8/2019

By Mona Cavallero | December 9, 2019 |

Submitted by trip leader, Ernie Harris 7:55 AM – 10:40 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.5 mile(s) Checklist Comments: 18 degrees under mostly sunny skies to start with Hartford Audubon Trip led by Ernie Harris ,and three other HAS members 36 species Canada Goose  55 Mallard  9 American Black Duck  6 Common Eider  14 Bufflehead  2  …

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Station 43 Sanctuary Report – December 2019

By Mona Cavallero | December 3, 2019 |

I only took over stewardship of the sanctuary in September. It was a very pleasant fall. Jay Kaplan and a few others participated in the Big Sit in October from the platform. I mowed the path into the platform a few times before the hard frost and cut back the brush along the path and…

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Greenstone Hollow – 2019 Annual Report

By Mona Cavallero | December 3, 2019 |

Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve continues to be a place of activity for our members.  This year we held three bird walks with a total attendance of 23.  We added a walk for National Trails Day, sponsored by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. No new species were sighted this year, so the count remains at…

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Greenstone Hollow Work Party Report – 10/28/2019

By Mona Cavallero | October 30, 2019 |

Report contributed by Christopher Fisher We had a great work party Monday at Greenstone Hollow. We arrived to the two truckloads of mulch which the town of East Granby kindly delivered to the entrance. Four of us showed up to work.  It was a great day. Cathy Lescoe, the president of the East Granby Land…

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Greenstone Hollow Trip Report – Saturday, October 12, 2019

By Mona Cavallero | October 15, 2019 |

On Saturday, Oct 12, we had a beautiful morning for our Fall walk at Greenstone Hollow, the HAS nature preserve in East Granby. Seventeen hardy souls showed up by 8 am. and we both looked for birds and toured the sanctuary. We spent some time near the North and South Beaver Ponds before heading back…

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Glastonbury Meadows Trip Report – October 5, 2019

By Mona Cavallero | October 7, 2019 |

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the HAS field trip to Glastonbury Meadows began with thoughts of a banner day, often the case in early October after the passage of a cold front. The sky was pure blue and temps started in the 30s, with some patches of frost showing. Sure enough, soon after our 12-person group…

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Lewis Farm Preserve repair work done – Thanks to Bob Winter

By Mona Cavallero | July 22, 2019 |

The HAS Lewis Farm Preserve was hit by a microburst on July 6th that took down the tops of a number of large trees, blocked the entrance to the preserve, and dropped some large limbs on many of the trails.  A very special thank-you goes out to our property steward, Bob Winter, for his extraordinary…

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A tribute to Stephanie Lovell – Longtime Member of HAS

By Mona Cavallero | July 1, 2019 |

This June, Hartford Audubon lost a longtime beloved member, Stephanie Lovell. She was a member of HAS since 1995, President of the Society 2003-2005, Member of the Year in 2007, and led 54 trips for HAS.  She is remembered for being ardent in her birding and brooking no foolishness when on the prowl. She generously…

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Hartford Summer Bird Count Summary – June 8-9, 2019

By Mona Cavallero | June 24, 2019 |

The 2018 Summer Bird Count (SBC) was held June 8th and 9th, 2019 and featured delightful weather on both days of the weekend.  Observers totaled 38, two less than the previous year.  Party hours also decreased slightly to 127.5 from last year’s 135, and several key areas were lightly covered during the weekend.   The Summer…

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Annual picnic at Northwest Park on June 11th, 2019 – a fun time for all!

By Mona Cavallero | June 12, 2019 |

What a terrific annual picnic at Northwest Park on June 11th!  First a group of members went birdwatching and saw a number of species, then we had a delicious pot-luck supper, then held a short business meeting.  It was energizing hearing about recent bird trips and sightings, listening to the stewardship reports for our preserves,…

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Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve – Trails Day/Bird Walk – June 1, 2019

By Mona Cavallero | June 1, 2019 |

HAS’s Trails Day birdwalk at the Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve, led by Larry Lunden and Sarah Faulkner, was attended by 12 people on the gorgeous morning of Saturday, June 1st.  Highlights included hearing a blue-winged warbler, watching lots of red-winged blackbirds over the marshes, and being serenaded by many catbirds. Huge thanks to Chris Fisher…

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Greenstone Hollow Nature Preserve Trip Report -May 25, 2019

By Mona Cavallero | May 29, 2019 |

The day was clear and sunny.  The previous night was rainy, so we had some mud to walk through.  The leaves were out, so we practiced birding by ear.  Six of us gathered for the Greenstone trip. The roadside started us off with a variety of birds.  A Great Blue Heron flew over.  We heard…

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