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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 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 pdlqlt@mac.com  

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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 jaybrd49@aol.com…

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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 robertagowing@sbcglobal.net    

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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 paul.desjardins2@gmail.com  

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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 sunnyctredbird@gmail.com  

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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 brian.toal@sbcglobal.net  

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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 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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