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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.

December 1, 2019 – Hammonasset State Park – Sunday – 8 am

Sunday, December 1 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Ernie Harris Hammonasset Beach State Park is the state’s premier birding location. Look for Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, and Horned Larks. Eat lunch at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. Meet at Meigs Point Nature Center, Madison For more information, contact Ernie at 860-603-2655 or pdlqlt@mac.com  

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December 15, 2019 – Christmas Bird Count – all day

Sunday, December 15

Event Coordinator:  Jay Kaplan Area 1   S Windsor: Paul Desjardins Area 2   Inland S Windsor: Patrice Favreau Area 3   Glastonbury: Andrew Dasinger Area 4   Manchester: Maggie Peretto Area 5   Wethersfield/Rocky Hill: Steve Kotchko Area 6   Hartford: Jay Kaplan Area 7   Newington: Sylvia Halkin Area 8   Avon/Farmington: open Area 9   W Hartford: Brian Toal Area 10…

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January 1 – 31, 2020 – January Big/Birding Event – all month

January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Event Coordinator –  Sarah Faulkner Jan 1–Jan 31      Big January A Contest to Find the Most Bird Species in Hartford County For more information – contact Sarah at 860-543-1280 or sffaulkner@comcast.net  

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January 4, 2020 – Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 2 – Saturday – 9 am

January 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jon Ward This will be a cold one, but don’t let that discourage you from coming. Meet at the corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor. For more information, contact Jon at 860-416-3598 or jward88787@aol.com

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January 18, 2020 – Cape Cod Tour, MA – 2 days

January 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader – Peter Stephan This is New England late winter birding at its finest. We should see Scoters and Gannets. Stay and meet at The Cove in Orleans – Call Peter for reservations and details – 860 729-8374 or stephraf@aol.com

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February 1, 2020 – Cape Ann & Newburyport, MA – Saturday -2 days

February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader – Fran D’Amico Take a favorite trip to view seabirds that come south to New England in the winter. Irruptions can also bring unusual birds. Contact Fran at least one week in advance for details at 203-237-2734 or frandamico525@yahoo.com

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February 9, 2020 – Hartford County Boat Launch Tour – Sunday – 8 am

February 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Paul Cianfaglione This is a morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope.  Meet at Donald Barnes Boat Launch, South River St, Enfield. For more information, contact Paul at 860-836-3443 or pgcianfaglione@gmail.com  

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February, 29, 2020 – Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 3 – Saturday – 8 am

February 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jon Ward The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level may be high on this morning walk. Wear boots.  Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor. For more information, contact Jon at 860-416-3958 or jward88787@aol.com    

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March 21, 2020 – Woodcocks at Nod Brook – Saturday – 7 pm

March 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Trip Leader – Brian Toal See the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip. 82 Hopmeadow St (Rte 10), Simsbury – meet at back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park. For more information, contact Brian at 860-677-7156 or brian.toal@sbcglobal.net  

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March 22, 2020 – Silver Sands State Park – Sunday – 8 am

March 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Maggie Peretto This is a good trip to try for sea ducks, sparrows, and owls while hoping for a Rough-Legged Hawk. Dress warmly. Silver Sands State Park, Milford – meet at Main Parking Lot. For more information, contact Maggie at 860-604-4903.

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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 info@HartfordAudubon.org 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

Greenstone Hollow Work Party Report – 10/28/2019

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

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

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

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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