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

January 7 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: All About Our Bald Eagles

The sight of a soaring Bald Eagle never fails to delight even those of us who aren’t avid birders. What is the status of this majestic bird in Connecticut? How can you tell an eagle’s age? What field marks differentiate males and females? Learn about Bald Eagles at this presentation of a CT DEEP program by Master Wildlife Conservationist (and Litchfield Hills Audubon Society President) Jeanne Woolley.

February 4 . . . . General Meeting

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Program: Cuban Odyssey

Last January Angela Dimmitt traveled to Cuba with a group in a program managed by the Caribbean Conservation Trust. Their mission was to study the 25 endemic bird species found only on the island. Under the direction of an official government guide as well as local scientists and naturalists, the group traveled to different parts of the island where these species were most likely to be found. Angela says it was “totally fascinating learning about Cuban culture and life, and the birding was superb!”

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.

January 19 . . . . Saturday, 8:03 a.m.

Shorebirding in the Stratford Area

Shorebirds and other winter birds — Snowy Owls, perhaps? — frequent the Connecticut coast. Angela Dimmitt will lead us to a few hotspots to see which species are braving the cold. Dress warmly! We will meet in Stratford (exit 30 off I-95 north) at the Dunkin Donuts (now simply called Dunkin) on Route 113/Lordship Boulevard at the corner of Honeyspot Road.

Please contact Angela ahead of time to let her know you will attend: 860-355-3429 or angeladimmitt@aol.com

January 15 . . . . LHAS Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

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.