Bird Walks & Events  — 2024

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April 13, 2024
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Event: Daffodil Walk CANCELLED

Due to the heavy rains lately the trails for this walk are very wet. Also, the daffodils bloomed a bit earlier than expected and are now on their way out. So, this event has been cancelled. We’ll try again next year.

Between our Boyd Woods and Wigwam Brook Sanctuaries lies a lovely open woodland that features grassy hilltops, stone walls, mossy rocks, spooky hollow trees, and wetlands. Several years ago, to connect our two sanctuaries, a 3/4 mile loop trail was created over hill and vale, through this scenic habitat. Last fall, when 3,500 spring flower bulbs (mostly daffodils) became available to Debbie Martin, she thought, “I know exactly where to plant them!” And…… she did! If you’d like to see the fruits of her labor, please join her for this easy 2-mile walk, which will start at, and pass through, Boyd Woods. Boots are suggested, as trails can be quite wet in spring. A “bird list” will be kept, so bring binoculars if you have them. Be prepared for ticks and other biting insects. No dogs allowed!

Meet at the Boyd Woods parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield. For additional information contact Debbie Martin at barnowl524@hotmail.com or 860-819-7462. Rain date: Monday, April 15, 2 p.m.

April 18, 2024
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Event: Garden Clean-up at Kalmia Sanctuary – Harwinton

The Red-winged Blackbirds will be arriving to announce spring! Time to start thinking about getting the gardens ready for the migrants and other pollinators. Mark your calendar for this clean-up event. We will cut down dead plants and grasses, and remove visible weeds and other plant debris. We can also decide on new perennials needed to complement the existing plants. Bring gloves, your favorite gardening tools, spray for ticks, and lots of energy!

 

To sign up, email Vickie Dauphinais at vdauphinais1@gmail.com or call her at 860-805-9167.

April 19-21, 2024
Friday – Saturday
Event: Northwest Conservation District Earth Day Plant Sale

Calling all bird lovers to the plant sale April 19-21 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. You will find a plethora of plants that are excellent sources of food for birds, including Chokeberry, Buttonbush, Silky Dogwood, Densa Inkberry, Winterberry, Juniper, Pussy Willow, Elderberry, Kinnikinnick, and many more! Peruse the selections in person where Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect plant for your needs. NWCD will also have educational materials from their environmental partners, including LHAS.

 

You may also pre-order plants online; visit nwcd.org/ shop for more information.

April 20, 2024
Saturday: 9:30 a.m.
Event: Parking Lot Clean-up at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary

In celebration of Earth Day we are holding a Parking Lot Clean-up at Wigwam Brook Sanctuary. Meet at the parking lot on Lipeika Road, Litchfield, at 9:30 a.m. Bring gloves and garbage bags.

For additional information contact Vickie Dauphinais at vdauphinais1@gmail.com or call her at 860- 805-9167.

April 20, 2024
Saturday: 12:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Litchfield Community Center
Event: Celebrate Earth Day with LHAS Nature Explorers!

Stop by our table at Sustainable Litchfield’s Earth Day Celebration. We will offer fun activities for children, including seed sowing and bird ID challenge, along with prizes. We’ll have information for families on bird-friendly plants, pollinator gardens, spring migration, and ways to help a safe passage for our feathered friends. Plus, information on local hikes, programs, and all that LHAS’ sanctuaries have to offer. A fun event for the whole family! Volunteers are needed to staff our table.

 

To sign up, email Vickie Dauphinais at vdauphinais1@gmail.com or call her at 860- 805-9167.

April 20, 2024
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Event: Annual Woodcock Walk at Boyd Woods

Our walk will begin with a check of Margery’s Bird Pond, where the Wood Frogs should be out and about (and very noisy!). Next, we’ll head to the Monarch Meadow to await “the dance of the woodcock.” Year after year, the woodcocks (sometimes as many as seven or eight) have performed their mating ritual overhead and are easily viewed from this vantage point. Also, close-by, we’re likely to hear our resident Barred Owls hooting back and forth. If there’s enough interest, we can walk through the nearby conifers with the hope of seeing them. Sanctuary managers Rich and Debbie Martin will guide you on this walk. Bring a flashlight. Wear boots, as trails are soggy in spring. Dress warmly. No dogs allowed! Meet at the Boyd Woods Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield.

 

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

April 28, 2024
Sunday, 8:00 a.m.
Event: Spring Bird Walk at Bent of the River Audubon Center

See mid-spring woodpeckers, waterfowl, sparrows, swallows, and other birds in passage as we hike part of Bent of the River’s trails, sampling a variety of riparian and upland habitats. We will have a good chance to spot warblers, vireos, orioles, and other first-arrival neotropical migrants. Meet at Bent of the River’s parking lot, 185 East Flat Hill Road, Southbury.

 

For more information, call Russ Naylor at 203-841-7779; leave a message for a return call.

Weekly Spring Birding
Location, Date & Time TBD

Please join us for weekly jaunts to birding hotspots as taught to us by our famous leader, Ray Belding. Depending on birder schedules and weather, you will be notified of the day, meeting place and time.

 

If you would like to join, contact Pamela Hicks (coordinator) with your email or texting number at smilesmyles@yahoo.com or 203-922-2684