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.

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

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

The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) is pleased to announce our fourth annual Hartford County Big January of Birding bird watching challenge.  The purpose of the activity is to encourage folks…

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April 25, 2020 – Laurel Marsh – Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, April 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – David Funke The trail follows sections of the Hockanum River and butts up against the Manchester Landfill at times. Forest, meadow, wetlands and sections of Hop Brook…

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May 9, 2020 – Freja and Bolton Notch – Saturday – 7 am

Saturday, May 9 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Ernie Harris This walk in Bolton visits two beautiful parks that border the Hop River Trail in Bolton Notch. Bring insect repellent. Head east on I-384, bear…

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

Saturday, January 4 @ 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…

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April 25, 2020 – Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 4 – Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, April 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jon Ward This is a walk you don’t want to miss but wear boots. After we get our 50 or more birds on this walk, we adjourn…

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May 16, 2020 – Mt Auburn & Plum Island, MA – Saturday – 7:30 am

Saturday, May 16 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jon Ward The cemetery is a famous warbler hotspot and has beautiful park-like grounds. Plum Island is one of the best year-round birding locations on the east…

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

Saturday, January 18 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, January 19 @ 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 –…

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April 28, 2020 – Audibles and Edibles – Tuesday -7:30 am

Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kat Conte & Ernie Harris Trip Leaders:  Kat Conte and Ernie Harris Visit open fields, and a woodland trail with a slight incline. It can be wet on this 2-mile loop…

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May 16, 2020 -Machimoodus State Park – Saturday – 7:30 am

Saturday, May 16 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders – Alberta & Rob Mirer This state park is an area new for most HAS members. It has woods, a hemlock ravine, grassy fields, and early successional habitat…

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

Saturday, February 1 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, February 2 @ 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…

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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


2019 HARTFORD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SUMMARY If nothing else, the Christmas Bird Count never fails to offer surprises with respect to bird species found and others missed.  This year’s Count…
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Hammonasset Beach State Park Trip Report – 12/8/2019

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…
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Station 43 Sanctuary Report – December 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…
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Greenstone Hollow – 2019 Annual Report

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…
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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…
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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…
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