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—2019

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BIRD WALKS and EVENTS for 2019:

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LHAS—Meetings and Events

March 4 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air

World-traveler Gina Nichols of Sunrise Birding returns with another tantalizing program. With 330 species known in the world, hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds after flycatchers. These tiny aeronautic marvels have the ability to hover, fly backward, and migrate long distances. The physiological capacity of hummingbirds to raise and lower their heart rate and body temperature to survive cold nights is unmatched in the animal world. This program illustrates the amazing adaptations of these glittering gems and describes their fascinating life histories. Vivid photographs of hummingbirds in the United States, Costa Rica, and Ecuador tell the story of how these birds survive in habitats that range from tropical forests to the forests of the Andes Mountains.

March 19 . . . . LHAS Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

February 16 . . . . Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Great Backyard Bird Count at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

Last year Boyd Woods was the number-one hotspot 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 as we try to retain this title while counting the birds we see at the feeders and along the sanctuary’s trails. Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. Dress warmly, wear boots, and bring binoculars. Snow or rain will cancel this walk.

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

February 22-24 . . . . Friday-Sunday

Birding at 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. Last year we saw four Snowy Owls and got great looks at a Dovekie! 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 kayak.com or hotels.com to find the best rate).

If you are interested in going, email Dave Tripp at dtrippjr@gmail.com.

April 1 . . . . General Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Program: The Importance of Using Native Plants

Lisa Turoczi of Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery and Landscapes in Woodbury will talk about how important native plants are to preserve the biodiversity of our environment. They provide food and habitat for birds, bees, pollinators, insects, and other wildlife. Native plants are adapted to our region and will survive and thrive better than introduced species. Many native trees, shrubs, and plants host species-specific caterpillars and most of our birds feed their young almost exclusively on caterpillars. Lisa and her husband, Kyle, founded Earth Tones in 2004 when they found it difficult to locate native plants to purchase for their growing business. They now offer 400 species of perennials, ferns, grasses, trees, and shrubs grown in their nursery with seeds locally sourced. Lisa has also worked with White Memorial Foundation designing an interpretive outdoor trail.

Before her 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 20 . . . . Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

Welcome Spring Walk at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

What exciting signs of spring can be found along the trails and at Margery’s Bird Pond? As we look and listen intently, we’re sure to find that nature is waking up and welcoming this new season at our sanctuary. Bring binoculars and wear boots — trails will be soggy! No dogs. Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. Rain cancels.

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

March 29 . . . . Friday, 6-9 p.m.

Celebrating Litchfield’s 300th Anniversary!

As part of the town of Litchfield’s tercentennial, LHAS is partnering with other local nature organizations to present a series of talks showcasing the remarkable impact each organization has had on the town. Come to this kick-off event at the Litchfield Community Center. It will feature a wine and cheese reception followed by a 10-minute presentation by each organization. The presenting groups are LHAS, White Memorial Conservation Center, Topsmead State Forest, Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, Litchfield Land Trust, and the Litchfield Community Greenway. Admission is free. Other talks will follow each Friday at 6 p.m. on April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, and May 3 at various venues.

April 13 . . . . Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m.

Woodcock Walk at Boyd Woods Sanctuary

The meadows and clearcuts 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 more information, contact Debbie Martin at 860-819-7462 or barnowl524@hotmail.com

April 20 . . . . Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

Earth Day Walk at Macedonia Brook State Park

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than a ramble through this scenic state park! Our parks preserve land for wildlife and nature-based recreation. We will stroll beside the brook and along park roads, including a woodland path built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. There should be lots of birds and wildflowers, as well as picnic tables, outhouses, and good parking. Directions: Follow Route 341 west from the intersection of Route 341 and Route 7 in the center of Kent. Turn right onto Macedonia Brook Road. Stay left at the intersection of Macedonia Brook and Fuller Mountain Roads. Look for park signs. Meet in the parking area near the park office building. Rain cancels.

Please let Diane Edwards know IN ADVANCE if you plan to attend. Contact her at 860-309-5139 or edwardsd68@charter.net.

April 24 . . . . Wednesday, Time TBA

Wednesday Morning Birding with Ray

Join Ray Belding for a morning of birding. For meeting time and location, email Ray at turaco3000@gmail.com and ask him to put you on his email list.