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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.

April 18, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow – Saturday – 8 am

April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders – Chris and Diane Fisher Search for residents and the migrants and breeders of early spring in the many habitats of this beautiful and compact 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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April 25, 2020 – Laurel Marsh – Saturday – 8 am

April 25, 2020 @ 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 will provide a diversity of bird species. Middle Turnpike West Between I-84 and Cheney Tech – meet at Laurel Marsh Trail parking lot, Manchester. For…

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

April 25, 2020 @ 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 to Dunkin Donuts to tally the four walks.  Meet at Corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor. For more information, contact Jon at…

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

April 28, 2020 @ 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 with a nice mix of plants and birds.  Meet at Burnt Hill Park, 150 East St, Hebron – First parking lot. For more information, contact Ernie at…

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April 29, 2020 – Glastonbury Great Pond – Wednesday – 8 am

April 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Trip Leader – Annette Pasek Great Pond offers great treetop, pond, and mudflat visuals of migrants, including shorebirds. Meet at 451 Great Pond Rd off Route 17. For more information, contact Annette at 860-490-8357 or    

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May 2, 2020 – Quarry Park – Saturday – 7 am

May 2, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader: Larry Lunden Enjoy a morning trip exploring Quarry Park and the Connecticut River floodplain in the Rocky Hill area. Wear sturdy shoes, and if the spring has been wet, bring waterproof boots. Corner of Old Main St and Marshall Rd, Rocky Hill – meet at small dirt parking lot, GPS 270 Old Main…

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May 2, 2020 – Lower Greenwoods – Boneyard – Saturday – 7:30 am

May 2, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader: Mickey Nordell Spend the morning on an easy walk looking for migrants on MDC property along the West Branch of the Farmington River. Rte 44 to Rte 181, Barkhamsted – Kiosk on first dirt road on right For more information, contact Mickey at 860-212-7014 or    

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May 3, 2020 – Gay City State Park – Sunday – 7:00 am

May 3, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Ernie Harris Look for migrants and other birds in a variety of habitats. Gay City has tall trees, wetland ponds and an interesting history. Gay City State Park main entrance, Route 85, Hebron – First parking lot on right For more information, contact Ernie at 860-603-2655 or  

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May 3, 2020 – Werner’s Woods – Sunday – 7 am

May 3, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jay Kaplan This is a one-mile walk through the diverse habitats of Werner’s Woods, a state owned wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the Center. On a good morning, more than fifty species can be seen or heard. Park at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton For more information, contact Jay at 860-693-0157 or…

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May 5, 2020 – Magee Marsh, Ohio – 7 days

May 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Coordinator:  Roberta Gowing Magee Marsh is on the southern shore of Lake Erie, near Toledo. Warbler viewing from the mile-long boardwalk is fantastic: many birds, many species, great low and close views. Tell Roberta of your possible interest.  You may contact her at 860-644-1151 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

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 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

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

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

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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