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Field Trips

Join us on our next field trip and see what you've been missing. Most of our trips are free and open to the public, and beginners are always welcomed.

September 24, 2019 – Swallow Spectacle Paddle – Tuesday – 4:30 PM

Tuesday, September 24 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Leader  David Zomick Swallow Spectacle Paddle Tuesday Eve September 24th   4:30 PM Pilgrim Road boat launch We will paddle leisurely  in  Lord  Cove &  around Goose & Calves  Islands &  be in  place by dusk for the breathtaking  tree swallow display. Must have:  PFD;boat light/ headlamp/flashlight  . Optional: food, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera etc. bathroom…

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September 25, 2019 – Glastonbury Great Pond – Wednesday – 8 am

Wednesday, September 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Annette Pasek Woodland, water and shrub habitats may produce common CT birds as well as migratory species. 451 Great Pond Rd off Route 17 Contact Annette for more information at 860-490-8357 or

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September 28, 2019 -Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 1 – Saturday – 8am

Saturday, September 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Jon Ward The first of four morning walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon’s oldest sanctuary. This premier northern Connecticut birding site tends to be very wet. Wear boots. Meet at Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, South Windsor Contact Jon for more information at 860-416-3958 or  

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September 28, 2019 – Smith Richardson Preserve – Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, September 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Patrick Comins Visit the Connecticut Audubon Society Smith Richardson Preserve with its spectacular fall stopover habitat for land birds. Meet at the corner of Sasco Creek Rd and Hedley Farms Rd in Westport. For more information, contact Patrick at 203-259-0416 X107 or  

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September 29, 2019 – Stellwagen Bank Pelagic, MA – Sunday – 7:15 am

Sunday, September 29 @ 7:15 am - 5:00 pm

Trip Leader: Tom Robben Sail a one-day, six-hour trip in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank, located between Gloucester and Cape Cod. Meet at the dock in Gloucester  Pre‑register with Tom. Check out the details at or contact Tom at 860-922-1098 or robben

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October 5, 2019 – Glastonbury Meadows – Saturday – 7:15 am

Saturday, October 5 @ 7:15 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders: Bill Asteriades & Andrew Dasinger A morning walk through one of the best birding locations in Hartford County. Contact Bill or Andrew for reservations and directions: Bill at or Andrew at

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October 5, 2019 – Gulf of Maine Pelagic, ME -Saturday 1 pm – (2 days)

Saturday, October 5 @ 1:00 pm - Sunday, October 6 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Tom Robben Search for Skuas on a 100-mile ferry ride across the Gulf of Maine from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth. Stay at a hotel in Canada and bird on return trip. Pre-register with Tom. Passport required.  Two day trip. Details at Contact Tom at 860-922-1098 or

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October 12, 2019 – Greenstone Hollow- Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, October 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders:  Chris and Diane Fisher Enjoy the fall colors and look for fall migrants in the many habitats found at this beautiful and compact nature preserve. Ridge Blvd, E Granby – meet at Main entrance at the end of the guard rail For more information, contact Chris at 860-658-2903 or

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October 13, 2019 – Big Sit at Station 43 – Sunday – all day

Sunday, October 13

Trip Leader – Brian Kleinman A day of fun at Station 43 where we count all species we see and hear from a 17-foot circle located at the HAS platform on the southwest end of the marsh. Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor. For more information, contact Brian at 860-655-7464…

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November 9, 2019 – Long Island Tour, NY – 2 days

Saturday, November 9 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, November 10 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader -Peter Stephan Visit Jamaica Bay, Jones Beach, Lake Capri, Belmont Lake, Shinnecock Inlet, Montauk Point, and Shelter Island. Return on ferry. Call Peter for arrangements at 860-729-8374 or  

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Overnight trips: For any overnight trips, the leader must be contacted two weeks prior.

Weekday walks: Please check the website and HASnotes for field trip announcements.

Note: 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.

Attendees are responsible for their own meals, travel expenses and accommodations, when applicable.

Please check the website for any changes to field trip dates due to weather or other circumstances.

Members and non-members can email us at for further information or assistance. You may also contact the trip leader listed for a particular trip via email or phone.

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

Field Trip Reports

Lewis Farm Preserve repair work done – Thanks to Bob Winter

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

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

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!

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

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

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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