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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.

May 7, 2020 -Tanager Hill – Thursday – 7:45 am

May 7, 2020 @ 7:45 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders:  Doug Beach, Jon Ward and John Weeks Tanager Hill and the adjacent Owen-Mortimer property provide over 100 acres of spectacular birding habitat on Talcott Mountain. This morning two-mile walk ascends over 200 feet. East Weatogue Street, Simsbury – Parking lot is 0.3 mile south of Terry’s Plain Rd For more information, contact Doug…

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May 9, 2020 – East Rock Park – Saturday – 7 am

May 9, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Paul Desjardins This is one of the best spots to find migrating warblers, as it is the first large land mass birds see after crossing Long Island Sound. 915 Whitney Ave, Hamden – meet at Eli Whitney Museum parking lot. For more information, contact Paul at 860-623-3696 or  

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

May 9, 2020 @ 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 left onto Rte 44 where Rte 44 and Rte 6 separate. Take a quick left after passing under the bridge to head west on I-384.…

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

May 16, 2020 @ 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 coast. Bring lunch. Enjoy dinner in Newburyport before leaving for home. Meet at Mount Auburn Cemetery entrance, Cambridge, MA. For more information, contact Jon at…

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

May 16, 2020 @ 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 along the Salmon River. Kayak rentals are available after the trip. Parking lot on the west side of Rte.151 (Leesville Road) For more information, contact…

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May 17, 2020 – Nepaug – Sunday – 7:30 am

May 17, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jamie Meyers This roving trip to an excellent area always produces interesting migrants. Come see Nepaug at its best. Commuter parking lot, Route 179, Canton;  Just north of the intersection of Route 202 and Route 44. For more information, contact Jamie at 860-693-4497 or  

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May 23, 2020 – Fisher Meadows – Saturday – 7 am

May 23, 2020 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Brian Toal Take an easy morning stroll, suitable for all levels of birders, around the pond. Habitats include fields, woodlands, and shrub land. Old Farms Rd, Avon – Fisher Meadows parking lot at main entrance For more information, contact Brian at 860-677-7156 or  

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May 23, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow – Saturday – 8 am

May 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Larry Lunden Enjoy a morning walk at a Hartford Audubon sanctuary with shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats. Ridge Blvd, E Granby – Main entrance at the end of the guard rail. For more information, contact Larry at 860-232-2416 or

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May 23, 2020 – Watertown, NY – 3 days

May 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Trip Leader – Peter Stephan Visit Perch River Marsh, Cape Vincent, Fort Drum, Ferd’s Bog and Moose River Plains with stops along the way when Peter hears birds. Call Peter for arrangements at 860-729-8374 or  

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May 31, 2020 – Station 43 – Sunday – 7:30 am

May 31, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Paul Cianfaglione The trip focuses on finding wetland birds such as Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren, Least Bittern, Swamp Sparrow and Wood Duck.  Boots and insect repellant are advised. Meet at corner of Newberry Rd and Main St, S Windsor For more information – contact Paul at 860-836-3443 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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