Litchfield Hills

Audubon Society

A local chapter of the National Audubon Society


Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitat, for the benefit of the community, through conservation, education and research.

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Litchfield Hills Audubon CALENDAR—2018

LHAS—Meetings and Events

BIRD WALKS and EVENTS for 2018:


LHAS—Meetings and Events
LHAS—Meetings and Events

May 7 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: The Wonders of Bird Migration

Fran Zygmont, a long-time local and avid birder, will tell of travels of migratory birds to and from their wintering grounds. Why do birds migrate? Where do they go? Fran will answer these questions as well as explain how weather plays a part in migration. He will also cover some amazing facts and myths about bird migration you won’t believe!

April 14 . . . . Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

Woodcock Walk at Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary

The meadows and clearcuts at Boyd Woods provide the perfect place to hear and see the amazing courtship performance of the American Woodcock. We’ll walk through the woodlands, stopping beside a vernal pool to make a wish and toss an acorn in (an annual Woodcock Walk tradition!). We’ll pass Margery’s Bird Pond (will we hear any frogs?) before reaching the woodcock viewing area at the Monarch Meadow. If anyone is interested, we can also carpool a short distance to Wigwam Brook Sanctuary to enjoy another woodcock show and visit with our resident beaver family. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Dress warmly. Boots are recommended as trails are often wet in spring. Meet at the Boyd Woods parking area on Route 254 in Litchfield. No dogs allowed! Rain date: April 21.

For more information contact Debbie Martin at or 860-819-7462.

April 15 . . . . Sunday, 7:00 a.m.

Birding for Early Spring Migrants at White Memorial

Join Fran Zygmont to walk around a few trails at White Memorial to search for early spring migrants. This is open to all levels of birders, with a focus on beginners. Fran will point out the key things to look and listen for to identify each species on the walk. Meet at the museum parking lot.

For more information contact Fran by email at fzygmont@ or call his cell phone at 860-689-5001 (leave a message; he usually doesn’t answer if he doesn’t recognize the caller’s number).

April 22 . . . . Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

Earth Day Walk at Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than a ramble through this scenic state park! Our parks preserve land for wildlife and nature-based recreation. We will stroll beside the brook and along park roads, including a woodland path built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. We’ll learn about the history of the park and work done by the CCC. There will be lots of birds and wildflowers, as well as picnic tables, outhouses, and good parking. Directions: Follow Route 341 west from the intersection of Route 341 and Route 7 in the center of Kent. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook and Fuller Mountain Roads. Look for park signs. Meet in the parking area near the park office building.

Please let Diane Edwards know IN ADVANCE if you plan to attend. Contact her at 860-309-5139 or

April 28 . . . . Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Explore the Upper Bantam River Preserve

Get a sneak preview of Litchfield Land Trust’s newest preserve. Birding will be the focus for this walk, but we’ll discover what else this beautiful property has to offer. We’ll meander through the woods and along the Bantam River. This 75-acre preserve is totally undeveloped, therefore the walk is off-trail. Wear sturdy shoes — waterproof suggested as there will be wet areas. Meet in the parking lot behind the Litchfield Green. We’ll carpool from there.

Call or text Marie Kennedy at 914-393-6270. Rain date: Sunday, April 29.

June 4 . . . . Annual Meeting & Dinner

Monday, 6:00 p.m.

Program: Audubon in Action

We are honored to have as our guest speaker National Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold, who will let us know how Audubon is working across the country and internationally to protect birds and the places they need to survive and thrive. You will also enjoy a great buffet dinner at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility (formerly Cornucopia) in Torrington, socialize with your LHAS friends, and meet leaders from other Audubon chapters in our state.

July 2 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Butterflies and Moths: The Jewels in Your Backyard

You’ll be entertained and enlightened by naturalist John Himmelman’s presentation, featuring photos of these dazzling insects from around Connecticut. An author, illustrator, and popular lecturer, John is a cofounder of the Connecticut Butterfly Association and past president of the New Haven Bird Club.

April 25 . . . . Wednesday, Time TBA

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding. For meeting time and location, email him at

May 2 . . . . Wednesday, Time TBA

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.

For meeting time and location, email him at

May 6 . . . . Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Spring Birding with Russ at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary

Russ Naylor will lead us on a bird walk at the LHAS Wigwam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, but we will meet in the muse- um parking lot of White Memorial Conservation Center.

For more information, contact Russ at 203-263-2502.

May 12 . . . . Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Hike at Tunxis Wildlife Management Area, West Hartland

Meet at the Riverton General Store (2 Main St., Rt. 20) at 9:30 a.m., and we’ll go to Wilderness Road (which is off West Street, which is off Rt. 20 in West Hartland). We will hike in a northerly direction. Wear sturdy shoes and bring hiking poles, insect repellent, lunch, water, etc. Hike should finish mid to late afternoon. All weather permitting!

For more information, contact Gus Molitano at or 860-379-1185.

May 9 . . . . Wednesday, Time TBA

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding.

For meeting time and location, email him at

More details and to sign up, are provided in the May/June issue of the Chickadee Chatter.

photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon