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

August 6 . . . . Annual Picnic at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

Monday, 6:00 p.m.

Program: Avian Ambassadors

Jay Fields, an education specialist from Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, will show us some of the fascinating waterfowl that the conservancy cares for. The conservancy maintains one of the largest, most diverse and most endangered community of waterfowl in North America. Jay, along with his “Avian Ambassadors,” visits schools, fairs, and other institutions to educate the public about the need to protect waterfowl and wetlands through research, education, and conservation. His presentation will follow our picnic and brief business meeting, all of which will take place at our Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary on Route 254 in Litchfield.

For the picnic, bring your own chair or blanket, food, beverage, and eating utensils, plus insect repellent.

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.

July 1 . . . . Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

Boardwalk Dedication at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted

Join LHAS’s President, Jean Woolley, as she participates in the dedication of the new boardwalk at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted.

The friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS) on July 1 will dedicate a new boardwalk the group created in the Beaver Brook wetland and marsh.

The 240-foot boardwalk and observation deck in Peoples State Forest allows access into a unique wetland habitat area and rich ecological site.

Meet at 1 p.m. at Squires Tavern, 100 East River Road in Barkhamsted to form a carpool to the site.

The event will include a short ceremony, a walk on the boardwalk and will finish with a picnic.

July 21 . . . . Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

Paddling Trip on Wood Creek Pond in Norfolk

This pond is surrounded by beautiful woods, mountain laurel, and wild blueberry bushes. Bring your PFD (life vest), water, and a picnic lunch. Meet at the state boat launch at the pond, 428 Ashpohtag Road, Norfolk.

Please register for this event by contacting Marie Kennedy at or 860-567-5487.

August 18 . . . . Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Summer Saunter at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

Enjoy a sultry summer stroll at Boyd Woods Sanctuary. Dainty wildflowers and butterflies are a delight to see in the sunny meadows now. Birds sing in the cool woods and beside the brook. Noisy frogs and soaring dragonflies make Margery’s Bird Pond a hub of activity on a hot day. This leisurely saunter will take about 2 hours, but can be shorter if the day is extremely hot. Bring water to drink, binoculars, and insect repellent. Meet at the Boyd Woods parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. No dogs allowed. Rain cancels.

For more information, contact Debbie Martin at or 860.819.7462

August 24 . . . . Friday, 8:30 a.m. carpool

Kayak/Shorebirding Trip at Milford Point

Kayak the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh with Pamela Hicks, David Zomick, and Angela Dimmitt. Steeped in local history, the marsh offers an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas, and a chance to paddle and unwind. Note that wind and weather conditions may cause the water trip to be canceled, even on a sunny day. If water conditions are not safe, we will simply go shorebirding, enjoy nature, and picnic. We will meet promptly at 8:30 a.m. at the commuter parking lot off Route 8 exit 39 in Thomaston, on Route 6 across from the Dunkin Donuts, to ensure a put-in at 10 a.m. If you would like to meet at the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh, here are directions: From Route 1 in Milford, take Naugatuck Ave. Turn right onto Milford Point Road, then turn right onto Court Street. Follow until the end, arriving at the parking area. We expect to be there by 9:30 a.m.

Visit for a map of the Wheeler Salt Marsh. For more information, contact David at 860-513-8600 or

September 10 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: All About Mushrooms

Learn about these fascinating fungi from mycologist Mike Bok. More details to come in the September/October issue of the Chickadee Chatter.

July 8 . . . . Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Butterfly and Bird Walk at Kalmia Sanctuary

Join Carol Perrault as she leads this walk at our very own Kalmia Sanctuary. Doreen and Bob Orciari have created a beautiful habitat there for birds and butterflies, so let’s see what we can find. Carol will introduce us to some of the species with which she is familiar. The sanctuary is located on Laurel Road in Harwinton. Check our website,, for driving directions. Park at the designated lot and enjoy. Open to all ages. Children, bring your nets!

For more information, contact Carol at 860-589-8023.