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 - 2021

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LHAS—Meetings and Events

March 1 . . . . Online Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Birds of the New England Swamp

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 lhasct@me.com


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.

Wildlife photographer Peter Christoph presents a narrated slideshow, sharing both his award-winning images and his photographic secrets as he brings you inside a typical New England swamp. Peter provides an intimate look into the many varieties of birds that inhabit our swamps, including ospreys and herons, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and other cavity dwellers. Sloshing and crawling through the swamp so you don’t have to, Peter captures the bird’s many activities including building the nest, feeding their young, and catching their prey. You’ll almost want to bring your own wading boots and bug spray for protection as you sit down to watch this captivating presentation.


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.”


Pre-registration is required. To register click here: Birds of the New England Swamp

 - 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

April 5 . . . . Online Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: “Tanzania: A Photographer’s Journey”

Wildlife photographer Shawn Carey adventured into the heart of Tanzania, including the famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. From a safari vehicle, we’ll go into the country’s spectacular national parks and see the “Big Five” — African Elephant, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard—in all their glory, as well as Cheetahs, Giraffes, Black-backed Jackals, and Hippos. And he encountered a panoply of Tanzania’s wonderful and amazing birds, including the Greater Flamingo, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Bee-eater, Giant Kingfisher, and Grey-crowned Crane — the country’s national bird. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting East Africa and its incredible wildlife, this is a journey you’ll never forget. And it may just have you planning your own African adventure. Shawn lives outside Boston, MA, and has been photographing birds and other wildlife for over 25 years. He teaches wildlife photography for Mass Audubon and is on the advisory board for the Mass Audubon Society and Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art, among several other ornithological organizations. Shawn co-founded Migration Productions.

Pre-registration is required. To register click here:  Tanzania A Photographers Journey

May 3 . . . . Online Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: A Self-Found Big Year

Unlike a traditional Big Year, however, he would not count birds found by other people. He will take you through this challenging task and will share strategy, bird-finding tips, and some surprises he found along the way. Nick has been actively birding southern New England since his early teens. He sits on the Avian Records Committee of Connecticut . He also leads domestic and international bird tours for the Connecticut Audubon Society's EcoTravel department.

Pre-registration is required. To register click here: A Self Found Big Year

March 20 . . . . Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

Welcome Spring Walk at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

The calendar tells us it’s spring, but it seems we can never rely on this date to know for sure that this most-welcome season has really arrived. Still, as we wander along the Windy Woods Trail, we’re sure to discover that the earth is warming up. Skunk cabbage leaves begin to unfurl. Tiny magenta hazelnut flowers bloom. Bear tracks appear in the mud (is this a "welcome" sign?). Might we hear a Wood Frog or a Spring Peeper at Margery’s Pond? Join sanctuary co-chairs Rich and Debbie Martin as we seek signs of spring while enjoying the company of friends along our beautiful Boyd Woods trails . Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. No dogs. Rain cancels. Masks are required.

For more information, contact Debbie Martin at barnowl524@hotmail.com or 860-819-7462.

April 11 . . . . Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Shorebirding in Connecticut

Join Angela Dimmitt for yet another of her shorebirding trips. Let’s see what’s arriving on the coast — location to be determined nearer the time. We still won’t be able to carpool and will still wear masks.

If interested or for more information, please contact Angela Dimmitt in advance at 860-355-3429 or angeladimmitt@aol.com

April 17 . . . . Saturday, 7:00 p.m.

Woodcocks and Woodland Wonders at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

As we wait for the appearance of our reliable woodcocks, we’ll take an easy walk along the Hilltop Trail to visit the Spooky Hollow Tree, the Happy Tree, and a vernal pool (annual tradition: toss an acorn into the pool for good luck!). After a stop at Margery’s Bird Pond, where we’re sure to hear a variety of noisy frogs, we’ll enter the Monarch Meadow just in time for the unique performance of the woodcock. If you wish to forgo the woodland walk, go directly down The Lane to the meadow. This area provides plenty of space for social distancing. If you will visit the Monarch Meadow only, you do not have to register. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Boots are recommended as trails are soggy in spring. Masks are required. No dogs. Rain cancels. Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield.

For more information, contact Debbie Martin at barnowl524@hotmail.com or 860-819-7462.

April 22 . . . . Thursday, 6:00 p.m.

Earth Day Evening Walk at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary

Earth Day is an annual event, created in 1970 to celebrate our planet's environment and raise awareness about pollution. We’ll observe this important date with a short, easy walk of exploration along the Wigwam Brook wetland corridor, which has been managed by beavers for decades. We’ll discuss the beneficial work these large rodents perform as they create habitat for wetland birds and wildlife, and help to filter water that flows through their dams. At the end of our walk, you’ll have a chance to meet our seven industrious beavers. Treats will be provided for them (because we appreciate all the work they do!), and for you, too (because you care about the environment!) PLEASE register, so we know how many treats to provide. Meet at the Wigwam Brook Sanctuary parking lot on Lipeika Road, just off  Route 254, in Litchfield. No dogs! Rain cancels. Masks are required.

For more information, contact Debbie Martin at barnowl524@hotmail.com or 860-819-7462.

April 28 . . . . 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 (turaco3000@gmail.com) 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.

May 5 . . . . Wednesday, time TBD

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

If interested in attending Ray Belding’s spring migration bird walk, send him your email address (turaco3000@gmail.com) 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.