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We Conserve and Restore Land, Focusing on Birds and Wildlife

– Our Mission –

The mission of the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society is to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, through conservation, education, research and advocacy.

  • May 6, 2024
    Wood Warblers in Connecticut — and Elsewhere
  • June 3, 2024
    Annual Meeting & Dinner
  • July 1, 2024
    An Intro to Shorebirds, Thier Migration and Identification
  • June 8, 2024
    Litchfield Marketplace Arts & Crafts Fair
  • June 8-9, 2024
    Summer Bird Count
  • June 15, 2024
    Bird Walk at Goshen Land Trust
  • June 21, 2024
    Open House at “The Station”, 28 Russell St. Litchfield

- EDUCATION -

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society aims to provide environmental experiences to people of all ages, particularly in the Litchfield County and surrounding areas. LHAS offers free monthly programs, bird walks and environmental events that are open to the public. We also support and offer National Audubon’s Audubon Adventures tailored for elementary school children.

- CONSERVATION -

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society manages and maintains a total of 157 acres at three separate sanctuaries. LHAS is involved in a 10 year Forest Management Project through the NRCS, improving the forest health at Boyd Woods and Wigwam Brook Sanctuaries. Our sanctuaries provide vital habitat for woodland, shrubland and grassland birds and wildlife.

- RESEARCH -

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society continues to work with the National Resources and Conservation Services involved in a 10 year forest management project to improve the forest health at our Boyd Woods and Wigwam Brook Sanctuaries. LHAS also supports and is involved in the Blue-bird Nesting  Program and the American Chestnut Restoration Project.

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Summer Bird Count — 2024

The Summer Count (SBC) takes place over a two day period, a Saturday and Sunday. It can be done on one day or spread over both days. The SBC is conducted in the same format as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), with all birds seen and/or heard during this two day period compiled within a designated area (15 mile circles). There are 8 designated Summer Bird Count Circles with compilers assigned to each count circle. Compilers will tally the total Count results and send them to the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA), where they are eventually published in the COA’s quarterly publication The Connecticut Warbler.

 

This year’s summer count for the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society will be held on June 8th and 9th. If you would like to participate send an email to Dave Tripp at dtrippjr@gmail.com.

 

To participate in one of the other SBC count circles you can do so by contacting the Count Compiler for that count circle:

June 1-2, 2024

  • Woodbury-Roxbury- Contact: Russ Naylor, 203-841-7779

June 8-9, 2024

  • Greenwich-Stanford – Contact: Thomas Burke, 914-967-4922 or Gary Palmer, 203-661-4897
  • Hartford- Contact: Jay Kaplan, 860-693-0157 or 860-707-5246
  • Litchfield Hills- Contact: Dave Tripp Jr., dtrippjr@gmail.com
  • New Haven- Contact: Steve Mayo, 203-551-1707 or 203-772-9842

June 15-16, 2024

  • New Milford, CT/Pawling, NY-Contact: Angela Dimmitt, 860-355-3429
  • Storrs- Contact: Steve Morytko, 860-680-5728

June 22-23, 2024

  • Barkhamsted- Contact: Dave Rosgen, 959-202-8996 (text only)

For additional information visit:

https://www.ctbirding.org/announcing-summer-bird-count-2024/

Birding Backpacks at a Library Near You

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society donates birding backpacks to area libraries to promote and teach birding.

Backpacks have been donated to five area libraries by Litchfield Hills Audubon Society, an attempt to inspire children and families to enjoy the hobby of birdwatching.

 

Litchfield County has an abundance of nature preserves and natural habitats for wildlife, many with well-marked trails. LHAS hopes to encourage more families to get outdoors and learn about birds by offering them an opportunity to try a new hobby without the upfront costs.

 

Backpacks at Morris Public Library and public libraries in Thomaston, Torrington, Terryville and New Milford can be checked out using library cards. Stocked in the backpacks are binoculars, illustrated guides identifying birds, information on nature activities and recommended locations for birdwatching.

 

Donations from Ace Hardware of Litchfield, Litchfield Bancorp, Torrington Savings Bank, Wild Bird Unlimited of Brookfield and Litchfield Hills Audubon Society’s education committee covered the cost of the backpacks and their contents.

Join Us at a Meeting

Unless otherwise indicated, General Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT. When the first Monday of the month falls on a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday. Refreshments are served at 6:45 p.m. The business meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and the program follows. The June meeting is the Annual Meeting and Dinner held at a local restaurant; it begins at 6 p.m. Our August meeting is the annual Picnic at Boyd Woods Sanctuary; it begins at 6 p.m. Board of Directors Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. at LHAS’ office at 28 Russell St. Litchfield, CT.