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.

CANCELLED: February 9, 2020 – Hartford County Boat Launch Tour – Sunday – 8 am

Sunday, February 9 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

This trip has been cancelled. Trip Leader – Paul Cianfaglione This is a morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your…

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

Saturday, May 2 @ 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…

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

Saturday, May 23 @ 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…

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February, 29, 2020 – Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 3 – Saturday – 8 am

Saturday, February 29 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader – Jon Ward The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level may be high on this morning walk. Wear boots.  Meet at…

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

Saturday, May 2 @ 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,…

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

Saturday, May 23 @ 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…

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March 21, 2020 – Woodcocks at Nod Brook – Saturday – 7 pm

Saturday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Trip Leader – Brian Toal See the unique mating display or “sky dance” of the American Woodcock on a relatively short evening trip. 82 Hopmeadow St (Rte 10), Simsbury –…

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

Sunday, May 3 @ 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…

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May 23, 2020 – Watertown, NY – 3 days

Saturday, May 23 @ 8:00 am - Monday, May 25 @ 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…

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March 22, 2020 – Silver Sands State Park – Sunday – 8 am

Sunday, March 22 @ 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,…

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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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