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 - 2021

LHAS—Meetings and Events


LHAS—Meetings and Events
LHAS—Meetings and Events

BIRD WALKS and EVENTS for 2021:

At the current time, all meetings will be held via Zoom. To get on our mailing list to receive announcements to programs and events, please send your email address to

To register for a program or an event click on the link provided in the announcement write-up or contact the event coordinator using the contact information provided.

 - COVID-19 guidelines and precautions apply -
 Attendance will be limited to 10 - 15 people based on the event
 Social distancing applies
 Masks required
 Car-pooling limited to family members only

June 2 . . . . Wednesday, time TBD

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

Ray Belding’s spring migration bird walks will begin the last Wednesday of April and end the first Wednesday of June. If interested in attending, send your email address to Ray ( so he can let you know where and when the walks will take place.

Be aware: Attendance will be limited, and will be first come, first served.

In the past, LHAS members and friends have visited stately gardens, toured historic homes, gone on scenic hikes, and more. Anyone with ideas for group activities and excursions beyond birding, please contact David Zomick at: 860-584-2824 or All ideas gladly welcomed.

June 7 . . . . Online Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Annual Meeting and Program — Beavers

Wonder why beavers are called "eager," why they gnaw saplings — even larger trees — to build their dams and lodges? In this talk, DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple will discuss this keystone species, including beaver biology, behavior, and history. She will describe the unique role of nature's engineers in shaping North American landscapes, as well as explain how beaver ponds and wetlands can help us fight environmental problems, from water pollution to erosion and climate change. Ginny's focused expertise is on bears, bobcats, Bald Eagles, beavers, and coyotes. She volunteers on numerous wildlife projects, including helping with necropsies on road-killed animals, and gives talks on a variety of other animals and birds. A true outdoors woman!

Pre-registration is required. To register click here: Beavers with Ginny Apple

July 5 . . . . Online Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Wildflower Folklore

Ken Elkins from Bent of the River Audubon Sanctuary in Southbury is back with another exciting presentation! Flowers are everywhere around us. We admire them for their beauty, their colors, and their symbolism. From strange and often dangerous herbal "cures" to black magic and wonderful legends of love, it all constitutes "wildflower folklore."

Pre-registration is required. To register click here: Wildflower Folklore by Ken Elkins

June 5 . . . . Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Connecticut Trails Day Walk at Kalmia Sanctuary

LHAS President Marie Kennedy will lead this walk. The sanctuary is bordered by the Roraback Wildlife Management Area with an abundance of birding activity. Kalmia's apple orchard, bluebird trail, and butterfly garden will surely delight.

Contact Marie Kennedy at 914-393-6270 or Irek Rychlik at 860-480-6685 for more information.

June 6 . . . Sunday, 7:30 a.m. NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION & TIME

Mohawk Mountain State Park

Once again, the hike location and time for Sunday’s walk has been changed. Due to the large number of ticks seen on clothing while hiking in the woods recently, for safety reasons, this walk has been relocated to one of the dirt roads in the Mohawk Mountain State Park.

Meet at the entrance to the Mohawk Mountain Sate Park on Route 4 at 7:45 a.m.  (see map).

From the rotary in Goshen Center take Route 4  west for about 4 miles (estimate). You will pass Tyler Lake. When you see Bartholomew Hill Road on the right the entrance is just after that on the left.  We will go up Mountain Road and park at the green administration buildings. We will hike Wadhams road which is a wide dirt road with some stones and gravel bits. There are a few moderate hills.

The hike now begins at 7:30 am.

Please email or call Ann if you can join us: or 910-880-1518

June 12-13 . . . . Saturday-Sunday

Summer Bird Count

This year’s SBC is Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13. Our count averages approximately 130 species each year. The count can be done on one day or spread over both days. All of the results are sent to the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) and compiled for statewide results. Our counters will also share their observations with the CT Bird Atlas. If you participate in the count and use eBird, add breeding codes within your checklist and share the checklist with ctbirdatlas (there is no need to share checklists that do not have breeding codes).If you don't use eBird, then you can use one of the forms on the Atlas website.Full details of all data entry methods can be found at

If you are interested in the Summer Count or need help with reporting breeding birds to the CT Bird Atlas, send an email to Dave Tripp at

June 19 . . . . Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

Saying Good-bye to Spring at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary

Wigwam Brook Sanctuary provides the perfect setting for an easy evening stroll. The sounds of the coming season will be plentiful: singing birds, the hum of insects, a variety of frogs ...and the occasional slap of a beaver's tail! Speaking of beavers, we’ll visit Wigwams’ family of them, after the walk. Join Rich and Debbie Martin for this relaxing walk. They’ll bring apples for the beavers. Meet at the Wigwam Brook Sanctuary parking lot on Lipeika Road, just off Route 254, in Litchfield. Be prepared for ticks and other insects. Remember that evenings can be cool once the sun sets, so dress accordingly. No dogs. Rain cancels. Masks are required.

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