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

Thursday, May 7 @ 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…

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June 13-14, 2020 – Summer Bird Count – Saturday-Sunday

Saturday, June 13 - Sunday, June 14

Event Coordinator:  Jay Kaplan Join Hartford Audubon members as we participate in the annual Summer Bird Count. Species and numbers are counted on this two-day tally within our Christmas Count…

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Holcomb Farm

May 21, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Holcomb Farm offers a variety of habitats unique in Granby: meadows, active farm fields, hedgerows, and both deciduous and pine forest. There is a moderate, but brief, climb. Wear boots.

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Please note: Hartford County Boat Launch Tour Cancelled. May reschedule soon – check back for updates

February 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a morning tour of eight area boat launches, from Enfield to Rocky Hill. Dress warmly and bring your scope

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September 25, 2019 – Glastonbury Great Pond – Wednesday – 8 am

September 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Trip Leader:  Annette Pasek Woodland, water and shrub habitats may produce common CT birds as well as migratory species. 451 Great Pond Rd off Route 17 Contact Annette for more…

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Lower Greenwoods (Bone Yard)

May 4, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Spend the morning on an easy walk looking for migrants on MDC property along the West Branch of the Farmington River.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Swallow Spectacle Paddle – Tuesday – 4:30 PM

September 24, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Leader  David Zomick Swallow Spectacle Paddle Sunday, September 22   4:30 PM Pilgrim Road boat launch We will paddle leisurely  in  Lord  Cove &  around Goose & Calves  Islands &  be…

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Greenstone Hollow

May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Enjoy a morning walk at a Hartford Audubon sanctuary with shrub, swamp, marsh, wet meadow, pond and wooded habitats.

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Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 3

March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

The ice should be mostly gone as birds begin to return. The water level may be high on this morning walk. Wear boots.

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September 28, 2019 -Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk 1 – Saturday – 8am

September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader:  Jon Ward The first of four morning walks designed for beginners at Hartford Audubon’s oldest sanctuary. This premier northern Connecticut birding site tends to be very wet. Wear…

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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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