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Beginning birders welcomed!

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.

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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March 28, 2020 – Sachuest Point, RI – Saturday – 8:30 am

March 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Paul Desjardins View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds hard to see in CT. Also visit Trustom Pond, Ninigret, and locations showing rarities. Bring lunch. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, RI – meet at Visitor Center parking lot For more information – contact Paul at 860-623-3696 or  

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April 11, 2020 – Great Pond, Simsbury – Saturday 8 am

April 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jon Ward Great Pond is the largest part of a beautiful state forest and a neat place for a morning walk. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving. Great Pond Rd, Simsbury – meet at Great Pond parking lot in Massacoe State Forest For more information,…

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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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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

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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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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