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 - 2020

LHAS—Meetings and Events


LHAS—Meetings and Events
LHAS—Meetings and Events

March 2 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:15 p.m.

Program: Bird Folklore

Have you ever wondered why birds are so interwoven into the lore and stories of so many cultures and people? Join Morgan Evans, center manager at Bent of the River Audubon Center, to hear some tales of our avian friends and the ways they are such an integral part of the beliefs and traditions of peoples throughout history and around the world. Morgan came on as the center manager at Bent of the River in May 2019. He was first introduced to Bent of the River as a teacher, then a volunteer and summer camp counselor. In his free time, he loves exploring new birding spots as well as spending every moment he can with his daughter.

April 6 . . . . General Meeting and Potluck Supper

Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Program: Frogs and Salamanders with John Foley

On cold and rainy spring nights, specialized amphibians, such as Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders, undertake their annual migration to small ephemeral woodland pools called vernal pools, where they will breed. Join Great Hollow Nature Preserve naturalist John Foley for a presentation about the characteristics of vernal pools, how to identify them, and the natural history of the unique species that depend on them. We’ll also discuss the conservation challenges facing these special habitats and how to adequately protect them from development and other threats . John, the naturalist and preserve steward at Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield, CT, has been passionate about native turtles as well as amphibians all his life and has done much research on these essential and endangered creatures. Before the presentation, we will enjoy a Potluck Dinner: Bring your own place setting and a dish to share. And please note the 6:30 p.m. start time.

March 17 . . . . LHAS Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

April 11. . . . Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m.

Woodcock Walk at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

The meadows and clear-cuts at Boyd Woods Sanctuary provide the perfect place to hear and see the amazing court- ship performance of the American Woodcock. On our way to the Monarch Meadow, we’ll stop at Margery’s Bird Pond to listen for frogs . The trails will be soggy, so boots are recommended. Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. We will be walking back to our cars over uneven ground, in the dark . A walking stick might be helpful for some participants. No dogs. Rain cancels .

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

BIRD WALKS and EVENTS for 2020:

April 24-26. . . . Friday-Sunday

LHAS’ “Plants for Birds” Table at NWCD’s Native Plant Sale

LHAS will have a table where we will give out Audubon’s Plants for Birds information at the Earth Day Native Plant Sale held by the Northwest Conservation District at the Goshen Fairgrounds. We need volunteers to help us staff the table at various times over the weekend.

If you can help out for an hour or two, please contact Maria Toth at 860- 712-6236 or

April 29. . . . Wednesday, time TBA

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

This is the first of Ray Belding's spring birding walks. He will lead a walk every Wednesday through June 10th. For meeting times and locations, email Ray at and ask him to put you on his email list.

February 21-23 . . . Friday-Sunday

Birding Around Newburyport and Cape Ann, MA

Dave Tripp will once again escort LHASers around the Newburyport, Amesbury, and Salisbury areas in search of wintering northern birds. In the past, this trip has seen rare birds like Great Gray Owl, Boreal Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Harris’ Sparrow. Other uncommon birds encountered in the past are Short-eared Owls, “white-winged” gulls, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Shrike. An added bonus is a day trip to Gloucester and Rockport on Cape Ann, which may add Razorbills, Thick-billed Murres, Harlequin Ducks, Black Guillemots, and more gulls and waterfowl.

We will stay at the Fairfield Inn at Amesbury. Check websites like or to find the best rate.

If you are interested in going, email Dave at

March 29. . . . Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Shorebirding in the Stratford Area

Join Angela Dimmitt for another of her well-attended shorebird trips . We will meet in Stratford (exit 30 off I-95 north) at the Dunkin Donuts (now called DD) on Route 113/Lordship Boulevard at the corner of Honeyspot Road . We will check out the local hotspots such as Long Beach, Stratford Point (if open), and the Birdseye Boat Launch.

To register or for more information, including how to carpool, contact Angela Dimmitt in advance: 860-355-3429 or

February 15 . . . Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Great Backyard Bird Count at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

Boyd Woods continues to be one of the best hotspots in Litchfield County for bird species counted over the entire four-day period of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Please join Rich and Debbie Martin at the sanctuary to participate in this important annual event. We’ll be sure to see many birds at our well-stocked feeders, but we’ll also venture out on the trails to explore other habitats (clearcuts, conifer plantation, pond, and brook) to search for unusual species. Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. Dress warmly, wear boots (be prepared for icy trails! Last year, ice was a problem, and only those who had Yak Trax or something similar were able to safely walk), and bring binoculars. Snow or rain cancels this walk .

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