<![CDATA[Litchfield Hills Audubon Society - Blog]]>Sat, 25 Jun 2022 00:19:41 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Birds & Mammals of Brazil's Pantanal]]>Tue, 03 May 2022 21:36:47 GMThttp://lhasct.org/blog/birds-mammals-of-brazils-pantanal
One of LHAS's, and also Connecticut's, top birder Dave Tripp put on a wonderful presentation on Monday, May 2, 2022 of his 2021 trip to Brazil's Pantanal. His photos of numerous birds and mammals that represent the region were extraordinary as well as the captivating story that went along with each one. Many went away saying they were jealous! I'm sure they've added Brazil and the Pantanal to their bucket list.
A link is provided that will take you to the Zoom recording of Dave's presentation. The link is available for 60 days and during this time you can view the presentation online or download it to your computer (recommended) for viewing at your convenience. <Brazil Zoom Recording>

If you prefer, you can also view Dave's presentation on YouTube using the following link:  <Brazil YouTube>
<![CDATA[Bird Window Strikes — Making Your Windows Safer for Wild Birds]]>Sat, 19 Mar 2022 14:24:34 GMThttp://lhasct.org/blog/bird-window-strikes-making-your-windows-safer-for-wild-birdsPicture
On March 7 Litchfield Hills Audubon Society member Vickie Dauphinais presented to a small crowd at the Litchfield Community Center and to a
​Zoom audience her presentation "Making Your Windows Safer for Wild Birds."
Vickie's presentation was quite interesting and very informative. She talked about how big a deal bird-window collisions are, the reasons behind these collisions, and what we can do to reduce them. Vickie also had on hand, at the community center, samples of some of the effective products that can be used to help reduce bird window strikes.

​Here is the link that will take you to the recording of Vickie's presentation stored on LHAS's YouTube channel. The recording can be viewed online or downloaded to your computer (recommended) for viewing at your convenience.
<Window Strikes YouTube>

<![CDATA[Climate Change]]>Tue, 08 Feb 2022 20:54:33 GMThttp://lhasct.org/blog/climate-change
Robert J.Klee, Ph.D., J.D., a lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale Law School and a former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, presented a very informative presentation on Monday, February 7 on Climate Change — how it affects birds among many other concerns. He shared with us his knowledge on the subject of Climate Change and what some of the reasons are for concern. National Audubon says, and he agrees, that we need to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and offset what we cannot eliminate, for instance by maintaining healthy forests or supporting sustainable agricultural practices. Robert provided many ideas and suggestions on what we, as individuals, can do in reducing the causes that affect Climate Change.

​Here is a link to view Robert's presentation on LHAS's YouTube Channel <Climate Change YouTube>

​Also included is a link for you to download the slides Robert used during his presentation. This could be very helpful when talking to others about Climate Change. <SlideShow>​
<![CDATA[Boyd Woods Bird Blind Upgrade]]>Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:36:17 GMThttp://lhasct.org/blog/boyd-woods-bird-blind-upgradePicture
Come out to Boyd Woods Audubon Sanctuary to observe the birds at the feeder from the comfort of our bird blind. The bird blind has been upgraded recently. The large opening in the back of the blind has been made considerably smaller to keep the winter weather elements at bay. Additionally, a thick clear plastic flap has been added covering the opening for additional protection and warmth.
​I would like to thank Joe and Terri Bianchi for their time and help in providing this upgrade. Terri used her talent and sewing skills in designing and making the flap for the opening.
The feeders are filled usually on a daily basis, so you'll be treated with a wide assortment of birds to observe during your visit.

<![CDATA[A Namibia Birding Safari]]>Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:53:58 GMThttp://lhasct.org/blog/a-namibia-birding-safariPicture
We hope you enjoyed the wonderful slideshow presentation held on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, by Angela Dimmitt. She took us on a tour of some of the wonderful wildlife areas she visited during her 20 day excursion to Namibia and surrounding areas. The photography was exceptional and Angela's narrative was very informative, amusing at times, and very enjoyable.

​Enclosed is a link that will take you to the YouTube recording of Angela's presentation : <A Namibia Birding Safari>

You're sure to enjoy it!

<![CDATA[LHAS's New Website]]>Fri, 02 Jul 2021 20:41:37 GMThttp://lhasct.org/blog/lhas-new-website
On June 29, the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society sported a new website appearance and experience. It was long overdue!
For the past 8 years or more, I have been maintaining the website using an application provided by Apple called iWeb.

​Back in the day, anyone with a Mac computer running OS 10.X was able to purchase the optional iLife software bundle that provided the iWeb software. You installed the software directly onto your computer. There were very few, if any, companies, that I knew of  back then, that provided on line creation of a website, using their software, such as what Wordpress, Squarespace and others have available today, at a cost. Apple, at the time, even provided the server at no charge, to host your website. Apple discontinued providing the server to host a website and support for their iWeb software more than 6 years ago. Basically, I was operating on borrowed time using a legacy piece of software, such as iWeb, in addition to using a computer that's over 10 years old to maintain LHAS's website. I am surprised and fortunate at how well things have worked out software and hardware wise over the years. My computer is still running strong, but limited because of its age, and iWeb, which I was using up until recently, has never given me any problems.
As they say though, "out with the old and in with the new." So, for the past 2 years I have been experimenting with a few website platforms that are available today that are considered 'drag and drop' website builders.
​Fundamentally, those that I tested were similar in many respects. There was no one platform having all the functions and features I was looking for.
So, I had to make my decision based on a few requirements that I felt would benefit the organization best. I decided to go with the Weebly platform for the following reasons.

Primarily, we have been using Machighway as the host provider for the LHAS website since 2012. They are reasonably priced and very reliable. Over the past 9 years I have not experienced any issues with their servers, and since they provide Weebly as one of their featured platforms for building a website, I wanted to stay with Machighway thinking the migration of the Weebly site would be hassle free...which it was. Next, I chose Weebly because of its many features and ease of use. There is a learning curve with any new application, but overall it wasn't difficult to grasp. Lastly, based of ease of use, I believe that when some creative individual picks up where I leave off the transition will go smoothly.

Please take the time to browse all our website pages and feel free to provide your input. I'm always looking for suggestions.