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February 2020

February 29, 2020 – Workshop: Birding with Your Phone

February 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Coordinator: Sarah Faulkner Sat   10:30 am - 12:30 pm Join CT Audubon's Ken Elkins for a hands-on workshop to learn how to use a number of birding apps on your phone.  Apps will include eBird, BirdGenie, several "birding by ear" apps, a comparison of several bird field guide apps, and possibly more.  Participants will be asked to download some apps in advance of the session. Registration is limited: please email leader at to reserve a space.

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March 2020

March 10, 2020 – Our Forests and Their Birds

March 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Connor Hogan Our Forests and Their Birds - This talk will examine the dynamic relationship between forests and birds within the McLean Game Refuge and explore how management activities can shift population trajectories for both. In 2017 Connor became the Director of McLean Game Refuge where he oversees research, conservation, education, and recreation across the refuge’s 4,400 acres of varied habitats. St James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, W Hartford Social Time - 7 pm Meeting - 7:30 pm

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March 17, 2020 – 30 Years Following Peregrine Falcons to Recovery and Beyond

March 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Tom French 30 Years Following Peregrine Falcons to Recovery and Beyond - Tom’s work with Peregrine Falcons in Massachusetts, chronicles the loss of nesting Peregrines in the state in 1955 through their current recovery to over 30 nesting pairs. Tom provides many photos and stories of their nesting throughout the state. Their population is now limited by nesting sites. Since 1987, over 500 have been wild born in Massachusetts. McAuley Residence Auditorium, 275 Steele Rd, W Hartford Meeting -…

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

March 21, 2020 @ 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 - meet at back of the first parking lot of the Tower Office Park. For more information, contact Brian at 860-677-7156 or  

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

March 22, 2020 @ 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, Milford - meet at Main Parking Lot. For more information, contact Maggie at 860-604-4903.

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March 28, 2020 – Sachuest Point, RI – Saturday – 8:30 am

March 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader - Paul Desjardins View Harlequin Ducks and seabirds hard to see in CT. Also visit Trustom Pond, Ninigret, and locations showing rarities. Bring lunch. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, RI - meet at Visitor Center parking lot For more information - contact Paul at 860-623-3696 or  

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April 2020

April 11, 2020 – Great Pond, Simsbury – Saturday 8 am

April 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leader - Jon Ward Great Pond is the largest part of a beautiful state forest and a neat place for a morning walk. Expect a nice assortment of birds, with some about to leave and others arriving. Great Pond Rd, Simsbury - meet at Great Pond parking lot in Massacoe State Forest For more information, contact Jon at 860-416-3958 or  

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April 14, 2020 – Magee Marsh – The Warbler Capital of the World

April 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Matthew Bell Magee Marsh - The Warbler Capital of the World - Join Matt as he talks about his experiences at Magee Marsh and “The Biggest Week in American Birding,” one of the largest birding festivals in the world. This spectacle of The Biggest Week is one all birders should have on their bucket list! Matt works for CT Audubon where he leads Day Trips and Overnight Tours. St James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, W Hartford Social Time - 7…

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April 18, 2020 – Greenstone Hollow – Saturday – 8 am

April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trip Leaders - Chris and Diane Fisher Search for residents and the migrants and breeders of early spring in the many habitats of this beautiful and compact preserve. Ridge Blvd, E Granby - meet at main entrance at the end of the guard rail. For more information, contact Chris at 860-658-2903 or

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April 21, 2020 – Mystery Program

April 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Chris Fisher Mystery Program- Chris Fisher, who has previously given us programs on Africa, Galapagos Islands and Birding the Yucatan Peninsula has agreed to create a new program for this date. It does not yet exist and may be on his and Diane’s travels to Costa Rica, Alaska or New Zealand. We’ll have to let you know which direction we will be taken as we get closer to the date. It’s going to be magical. Stay tuned! McAuley Residence…

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Apr 25–May 17, 2020 Annual Spring Census – 3 weeks

April 25, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Event Coordinator - Jamie Meyers Contact Jamie for more information at 860-693-4497 or Avon: Brian Toal Barkhamsted: open Bloomfield: Linda Clancy Bolton: open Bristol: David Zomick Burlington: Margaret Schuster Canton: Jay Kaplan E Hartford: Debi Wheeler Ellington: open Enfield: Jim Deschamps Farmington: Jim Moore Glastonbury:  Bill Asteriades Granby: John Weeks Hartford: Open Manchester:  Open New Britain: Open Newington : Roy Zatarian Portland: Open Rocky Hill: Open Simsbury: Doug Beach Somers: Jan Collins South Windsor:  Paul Desjardins Suffield: Arthur Sikes…

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