Dear HAS Members,

There have been many discussions among HAS leaders about upcoming events and trips, and I wanted to give you all an update.  Following the public guidelines for social distancing and no assembly for groups of 10 or larger, we will not hold meetings -- see the list below.  However, IF we can distance ourselves appropriately, we can still hold some birdwalks with caution.  We've left the decision up to each leader and have some cancelations while some continued to be offered.

If there are changes to these plans, I'll email again.

If you do attend a birdwalk, we ask that everyone strictly follow these common sense guidelines:

  • Do not attend if you are feeling the slightest bit ill or have a cough
  • Do not attend if you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 even if  you have no symptoms
  • Stay 6' away from other people except for your own family members
  • Do not share equipment (such as scopes) except with your own family members
  • Do not share food or drinks
  • If it appears to be too crowded, go home or separate yourself from the larger group

HAS Events:

  • March 17: Wildlife Series -- CANCELED
  • March 21: Woodcocks walk with Brian Toal - will be held; please follow guidelines above
  • March 22: Silver Sands - CANCELED
  • March 28: Sachuest Point, RI - CANCELED
  • April 11: Simsbury Great Pond with Jon Ward -- will be held; please follow guidelines above
  • April 14: Member Meeting - CANCELED
  • April 18: Greenstone Hollow with Chris Fisher -- will be held; please follow guidelines above
  • April 21: Wildlife Series - CANCELED
  • April 25: Laurel Marsh walk with Dave Funke - will be held; please follow guidelines above
  • April 25: Station 43 Beginners Bird Walk with Jon Ward -- will be held; please follow guidelines above
  • April 25 - May 17: Spring Census, Jamie Meyers.  Still planned, but adjustments may be needed as conditions dictated by the national health emergency warrant.  We will have a clearer picture in the next couple of weeks.
  • April 28: Audibles and Edibles: CANCELED
  • April 29: Glastonbury Great Pond with Annette Pasek -- will be held; please follow guidelines above
  • Advance: May 12 Annual Banquet/Meeting: will not be held on that date; we are working on a rescheduling date.  We are not yet sure what to do about the Annual Meeting that is required in the Bylaws, but the good news is that our Board is all continuing for another year and we don't need an election in 2020.

Getting outdoors and enjoying nature is an important part of taking care of ourselves during this isolation period.  Thankfully birding is the ideal activity!  We encourage all our members to get outside, look at the birds (and report in eBird!), and take care of your own health.  I especially encourage you to visit our own HAS preserves at Greenstone Hollow, Lewis Farm, Station 43, and yes, even Tobacco Valley!

Wishing everyone health, safety, and great birding,
Sarah Faulkner
HAS President