We Conserve and Restore Land, Focusing on Birds and Wildlife
– Our Mission –
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.
- January 8, 2024
Birds, Flora & Fauna of the High Andes in Northwest Argentina
- February 5, 2024
Celebrating 50 Years of the Puffin Project
- March 4, 2024
Chimney Swifts: Mystery and Magic Revealed
- January, 2024
Birding with Angela Dimmitt During Her BIG January
- January 28, 2024
Shepaug Bald Eagle Observatory
- February 17, 2024
Great Backyard Bird Count at Boyd Woods Sanctuary
- 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.
Birds Need Your Help!
Help us keep the feeders at Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary well stocked this Winter season to help our birds get through this very challenging time of year.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to help LHAS purchase bird seed, suet and nuts that will be used this winter season to feed and nourish our feathered friends. And, as a bonus, our visitors to the sanctuary will continue to enjoy spending time in the bird blind observing, identifying and taking pictures of the many species of birds that are attracted to our feeding station.
Thank you for your generous support!
The Great Backyard Bird Count
How Many Birds Can You Count?
Join the world in connecting to birds – February 16–19, 2024. Watch the video to learn more about the count. Birds are everywhere, all the time, doing fascinating things! Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count for four days in February to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds.
Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then tell us about them! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you. Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world. If you already use eBird or Merlin, your submissions over the 4-days count towards GBBC.
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.