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.


Litchfield Hills Audubon CALENDAR—2019

LHAS—Meetings and Events

BIRD WALKS and EVENTS for 2019:


LHAS—Meetings and Events
LHAS—Meetings and Events

November 4 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: The Return of the Sea Otter

Nature writer Todd McLeish documents the surprising resilience of the sea otter and its unlikely comeback along the Pacific Coast. The audience tonight will learn tons about sea otter behavior, their role as a keystone species in kelp forests, and their often contentious relationships with humans. Todd McLeish journeys along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters – the appealing animals unique to the Pacific that were hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Rhode Island-based science writer Todd McLeish has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 25 years. While earning degrees in communications at Ithaca College and Emerson College, he developed a passion for wildlife, natural history and environmental protection. Rather than pursue a biology degree, he immersed himself in the natural world by volunteering to help biologists with their wildlife research and writes about these experiences.

“Todd is an expert birder, a frequent leader of natural history walks, a popular public speaker, and a former world joggling champion (juggling while jogging).”

December 2 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Discover the Owls of New England

In this captivating presentation, Peter Christoph delivers stunning photographs of his favorite owls combined with stories that entertain, educate and inspire the audience. You’ll learn the secrets Peter uses to find and photograph these same owls in the wild in their natural habitat! Eight species of expected owls in New England include: Great Horned, Barred, Eastern Screech, Long-eared, Short-eared, Snowy Owl, Northern Saw-whet and the very elusive Barn Owl - the toughest of all to find. Why are all these owls so successful at hunting? Peter provides the answer with his beautiful images. He’ll wrap up this exciting program with stunning photos of a rare visitor from the North called the Great Gray Owl.

Peter is a well known wildlife advocate, naturalist and award-winning bird photographer based in Lancaster, MA. Peter is also responsible for publishing three bird photography books, including his latest “The Art of Bird Photography.”

November 17. . . . Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

Annual Duck Ramble

Noted birder Greg Hanisek will once again lead LHAS’s Annual Duck Ramble to help us identify ducks and other birds on Bantam Lake. After our Ramble, we plan to relax in friendly conversation and to have dinner at a local pizza restaurant, all are welcome. Meet at the White Memorial Museum parking lot at 2 p.m. Heavy rain will cancel.

For more information contact Greg at: 203-754-4401.

Feeling stuffed from all the Thanksgiving feasting? Join Boyd Woods Sanctuary co-chairs Rich and Debbie Martin for a 2.5 mile walk to burn off some of those holiday calories. The trails, which pass through a variety of habitats at Boyd Woods, take us to a ‘Secret Trail’ that leads to our final destination, the wetlands at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary. There will be a few hills and valleys along the way, but overall the walking is easy. The late-fall woodland can appear quite drab, but there will be plenty to see and discuss at our two scenic LHAS sanctuaries. Meet at the Boyd Woods parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water to drink. No dogs allowed. Rain cancels.

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

November 19 . . . . LHAS Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

November 30. . . . Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

Boyd Woods/Wigwam Brook Sanctuaries Walk

December 15. . . . Sunday, All Day

Annual Christmas Bird Census

The Christmas Bird Census this year will take place on Sunday, December 15. The more avid will be out
listening for owls. Area Captains are listed in the Nov/Dec issue of the Chickadee Chatter newsletter. If you want help, contact one of them directly or phone Ray Belding at 860-482-4046 and he will put you in contact with the appropriate person. As usual, we’ll meet at the Carriage House at White Memorial for compilation and pizza around 5 p.m.

Happy Birding!

December 22. . . . Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation Area

Join us on Sunday, December 22, as we visit Shepaug Dam in Southbury, on Lake Zoar, to observe our National bird, the Bald Eagle, in its full glory, plus rafts of Common Mergansers and Black Ducks, with various other avian treats thrown in. Reservations are required to visit the Eagle Observatory (Russ Naylor will make the reservations for the group). Group size is limited to 15 or so, on a first-come, first served basis. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Canfield Corner Pharmacy, 2 Main St. N (junction of Rt. 6 (Main St.) and Rt. 47, in Woodbury. Rain or Snow cancels.

For details and to reserve your place for this event, contact Russ Naylor at: 203-841-7779