All indoor programs will be held on the second Thursday of the month. There are no indoor programs in June, July, or August. The social half-hour begins at 7:00 PM; the program at 7:30 PM.

 

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December 2017

Surveying New Haven’s Area K for the Christmas Bird Count – Steve Broker

December 10 @ 8:00 am

We survey Area K one week prior to the December 16 New Haven Christmas Bird Count. This highly productive area includes Ora Avenue/Proto Drive/Morris Creek Marshes, Cosey Beach, Lighthouse Point Park, Beacon Hill and the Trolley Line, Furnace Pond, and the lower Farm River. Area K typically produces 75-80 species on count day, including waterfowl, loons, herons, raptors, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and such songbirds as wrens, thrushes, sparrows, flocking birds, and finches.

Meet at south of Tweed-New Haven Airport, near the end of Ora Avenue/Proto Drive, off Coe Avenue, East Haven. When you see a fork in the road, take it! (Actually, we meet at the fork.)

LS.Broker@cox.net

203-272-5192

203-747-6843

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Lake Wintergreen, Hamden – John Triana

December 9 @ 7:00 am
Lake Wintergreen,
448 main street, Hamden, CT United States
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Join us for a pre-CBC walk around Lake Wintergreen in Hamden. Depending on conditions, we may take a walk up to Baldwin Drive to have a look over to Woodbridge and Konold’s Pond.

jtriana1@sbcglobal.net

203-758-7203

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First Wednesday Walk: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison – Jerry Connolly

December 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Hammonassett Beach Trailhead parking lot,
Shoreline Greenway Trail Eastern Trailhead Parking Lot, Madison, CT 06443 United States
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At any time of year, Hammonasset is a true gem. Enjoy a mid-week trip to explore this birding hotspot for fall migrants. The varied habitat attracts shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds.

birdshop@sbcglobal.net

203-421-4128

203-710-2011

 

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November 2017

Indoor Program – Dr. Andrea Townsend – How Will Climate Change Affect Warblers?: A Case Study Using Black-throated Blue Warblers

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Dr. Townsend will describe general warbler behavior patterns that have been observed linking climate change to their behavior, fitness, and population trends. Based on a 25-year mark and recapture study, and using climate data from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, she will also specifically present results of her own work with Black-throated Blue Warblers, Setophaga caerulescens. Dr. Townsend and her fellow researchers assessed the effects of spring temperature (i.e., local weather) and the El Niño Southern Oscillation index (a global climate cycle) on the fecundity and population growth of Black-throated Blue Warblers. They found that local and global climatic conditions affected warbler populations in different—and sometimes unexpected—ways.

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First Wednesday Walk: Sherwood Island State Park, Westport – Tina Green

November 8 @ 8:00 am
Sherwood Island State Park,
390 Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880 United States
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This walk has been moved to Nov 8 due to tree damage from the weekend storm.

Join a midweek trip to this outstanding Long Island Sound birding spot. We check for loons, grebes, goldeneye, and other sea ducks. The fields are a good place to look for Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and sparrows.

Meet at Sherwood Island State Park: take Exit 18 off I-95 in Westport and head south on the Sherwood Island Connector. Drive into the park and meet at the main parking lot.

tina@renaissancestudios.com

203-247-2660

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Fargeorge Wildlife Preserve; joint trip with the New Haven Land Trust – Mike Horn

November 4 @ 8:00 am
Fargeorge Preserve, Quinnipiac River,
1040 Quinnipiac ave, New Haven, CT 06513 United States
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Quinnipiac Meadows/Eugene B. Fargeorge Preserve is always full of surprises. We have had everything from Woodcock to Eagles to Snow Geese, lots of fall migrants, wintering ducks, and more. It is a varied habitat with excellent views of the lower Quinnipiac River.

mfhorn@att.net

203-288-1891

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October 2017

Cheshire Hotspots – Steve Broker

October 29 @ 8:00 am
boulder knoll farm,
875 boulder road, cheshire, CT United States
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We bird several hotspots in the Town of Cheshire, including Boulder Knoll, Broad Brook Reservoir and associated trails, Fresh Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Cheshire Land Trust), and the Farmington Canal Lock 12. Boulder Knoll is good for sparrows in fall. Broad Brook reservoir annually hosts 200-400 Ruddy Ducks, one of the highest concentrations of this diving duck in the state. Fresh Meadows and the Canal Line offer a diversity of bird species through the year.

Meet at Boulder Knoll Community Farm, 875 Boulder Road, Cheshire. Directions: Drive North on Route 10 Whitney Avenue and enter Cheshire at Old Lane Road (on right). Drive 0.7 miles and turn right on Cook Hill Road. Drive 1.0 miles and turn left on Half Moon Road. Drive 0.4 miles and turn right on Boulder Road. Drive 0.4 miles (passing Boulder Knoll Montessori School) and turn left into small parking lot at Boulder Knoll kiosk and power line. See also large red barn 0.2 miles ahead on right.

LS.Broker@cox.net

home – 203-272-5192

cell – 203-747-6843

Melissa Baston

mbaston@tgimachine.com

860-995-0656

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Branford Supply Ponds, Branford – Maria Stockmal

October 28 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Branford Supply Ponds,
88 Short Rocks Rd, Branford, CT 06505 United States
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Visit this first-rate birding spot to look for fall migrants and resident species. The area has varied habitats with woods, shrubby areas and a powercut. A variety of waterfowl can be found in the ponds.

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

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Lake Chamberlain; Cooper and Calebresi Farms – Pat Leahy

October 21 @ 7:30 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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Join a fall walk to see what can be found at these picturesque locations. Lake Chamberlain, a Regional Water Authority property, has an active bluebird population, many woodpeckers, and a number of waterfowl that visit the lake before heading further south when the lake freezes over. The walk at Lake Chamberlain is relatively easy. After birding the RWA property, we will visit the adjoining Cooper and Calabresi Farms. Forty years ago, the families of Peter Cooper, a noted New Haven environmental lawyer, and Guido Calabresi, a federal judge and past dean of the Yale Law School, purchased a 100-acre farm near Lake Chamberlain. The fields and woods have been maintained, providing habitat for a variety of woodland, edge, and grassland species. We will first bird in the extensive lower areas, then head up the hillside for more birding and spectacular views for miles around. Hiking to the top field may be strenuous; those who decide it may be too difficult can choose to stay by the lake or in the beautiful lower fields.

ptjleahy@yahoo.com

home 203-393-2427

cell 203-314-0566

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Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison – Flo McBride

October 14 @ 8:00 am
Hammonassett Beach Trailhead parking lot,
Shoreline Greenway Trail Eastern Trailhead Parking Lot, Madison, CT 06443 United States
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Visit one of our state’s best fall birding spots, where the abundance of some migrants and sightings of less common species can make for a truly memorable trip. The walking is easy, all on level ground. Meet outside the park at the new parking lot on the Post Rd. New Directions: Take Exit 61 off I-95 (the usual Hammonasset exit). At the end of the connector (traffic light), go left onto Boston Post Rd. The new parking lot is the first right, a short distance away.

fmcb_warbler@yahoo.com

203-288-6777

william.batsford@yale.edu

203-494-4325

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Indoor Program – Steve Broker – Return of the Peregrine

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Steve discusses the five known nest sites of peregrines in Connecticut during the period 1850-1948. He then summarizes his ongoing studies of the peregrines that have been nesting at West Rock Ridge State Park in Woodbridge since his discovery of a pair of falcons there in 1999. Peregrine life history strategies are the focus of these studies: territoriality, behavior, vocalizations, foraging, mating, nest site selection and preparation, egg-laying, care of nestlings, nest success, and the changing local population of adults. In the 2000 breeding season, the West Rock peregrines produced the first egg to be laid on a Connecticut cliff in 60 years. Steve Broker has worked in science education for the past 45 years. He taught high school science in the New Haven Public Schools for 23 years and participated in the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute for many years as a fellow, representative, and a member of the Yale National Initiative. His university teaching as adjunct lecturer included courses in ecology and forest & wetland ecology (University of New Haven), biology (Quinnipiac University), and teaching of science (Yale Teacher Preparation Program). Steve is President of the Connecticut Ornithological Association and a past President of the New Haven Bird Club (1991-1993).

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Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale St. Park – Maria Stockmal

October 7 @ 7:30 am
Osbornedale State Park,
500 Hawthorne ave, Derby, CT 06418 United States
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Here’s a chance to visit an outstanding birding spot that boasts a variety of habitats—open fields, woodlands, and ponds. We’ll look for fall migrants, including warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and vireos.

m.stockmal@snet.net

203-305-3728

 

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THE BIG SIT! ®

October 7 @ 6:00 am - October 8 @ 10:00 pm

THE BIG SIT! ®, established by the NHBC, has become an international event, with birders from all over the world participating. The object is to record as many species of birds as possible in one day from one 17-foot diameter circle. The circles are located at a number of birding hot spots throughout CT. Join other birders in one of the established circles or create your own. You don’t have to be a hardcore birder to join in the fun. Bird Watcher’s Digest runs the event now. For details, go to the Bird Watcher’s Digest website (www.birdwatchersdigest.com).

Contact: John Triana or www.birdwatchersdigest.com

jtriana1@sbcglobal.net

203-758-7203

 

 

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September 2017

Edgewood Park, New Haven – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

September 30 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Edgewood Park,
361 West Rock Ave, New Haven, CT United States
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Edgewood Park and West River Memorial Park make up an Important Bird Area and include a 2 mile section of the West River. These parks look particularly “hot” on the radar maps for New Haven that show areas most used by birds in fall migration. We will see what we can find! The walk is open to birders of all levels, and families are welcome. We will not only see and hear birds, but will also talk about their identification and habits. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration for newcomers.

cfolsom-okeefe@audubon.org

203-405-9116 (office)

203-233-0535

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Farm River Birds & Botany, East Haven – Charles Strasser

September 17 @ 9:00 am
Farm River State Park,
116 Short Beach road, East Haven, CT United States
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Diversity Database will be presented. This is one of the smallest State Parks in Connecticut, and we’ll walk short distances to see the birds and the plants. Walk led by Mike Horn, Friend of the Farm River Estuary. Meet 9 AM at the entrance; 2 hours. Bring a folding chair or sit-upon.

crstrasser@gmail.com

908-328-5563

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Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival, New Haven

September 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (No Rain Date) A suggested donation of $5.00 per car is requested to help fund next year’s event

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England! Lighthouse Point Park is a recognized Important Birding Area.

Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!

See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations and visit the Livingston Ripley Conservancy Live Waterfowl exhibit

Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!

Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!

Tour the Historic Lighthouse!

Live Bluegrass Music!

Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!

Bird walks and more! Event Partners include: City of New Haven New Haven Bird Club Friends of Lighthouse Point Park & Elm City Park Conservancy Ct. Butterfly Association

Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (No Rain Date)

Schedule of Events

8:00 am – ongoing Hawk Watching (mid field viewing area)

8:00 am to 9:30 am Bird Walk led by Chris Loscalzo

8:30 am to 11:00 am Bird Banding Demo – AudubonCt.

9:00 am to 10:00 am Hawk Flight I.D. Workshop CT Ornithological Association-Steve Mayo

9:30 am to 10:45 am Children’s Bird Walk Leader : Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

9:30 am to 10:45 am Bird Walk led by Mike Horn

9:30 am to 3:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Tagging in the Butterfly Garden

10am to 1:00pm Live Waterfowl exhibit presented by Livingston Ripley Conservancy

10:00am to 11:00am Creating an Urban Oasis Workshop-Kate Blake

11:00 am to 12:00noon Horizon Wings– Live Raptor Show

9:00 am to 11:30 am Lighthouse Tours 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm “ “

12:15 to 1:15pm Live Bluegrass music by “5 in the Chamber”

11am to 2:30 pm Ride the Historic Carousel

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm “Sky Hunters in Flight” – Falconry Demo This Migration event is funded by the New Haven Bird Club Audubon CT, Friends of Lighthouse Pt. Park, ECPC & the Board of Park Commissioners

Event partners include: New Haven Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Trees, Friends of Lighthouse Pt. Park, New Haven Bird Club, CT. Butterfly Association, Audubon Connecticut, Menunkatuck Audubon , CT Ornithological Association & Elm City Parks Conservancy

Suggested donation: $5/car. Proceeds go towards next year’s event!

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Indoor Program – Patrick Lynch – Field Guide to Long Island Sound

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Patrick J. Lynch is an author, illustrator, photographer, and artist. Lynch retired from Yale University after 45 years as an interactive media designer, medical illustrator, biomedical and scientific photographer, video producer, a director of media and communications departments, and a designer of interactive multimedia teaching, training, and informational software and Web sites. Lynch is the author or co-author of eight books published by Yale University Press, including his latest book, “A Field Guide to Long Island Sound.”

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Yale University Golf Course – Bill Batsford

September 11 @ 7:30 am
Yale Golf Course,
200 Conrad Ave, New Haven, CT 06515 United States
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The golf course is located on more than 700 acres, with woods and ponds surrounding the course. It’s a great place to see birds year-round. We’ll be visiting the course when there are no golfers, so we’ll be able to walk the cart paths and wooded trails without being disturbed or disturbing others. We’ll be looking for fall migrants such as raptors, warblers, vireos, and sparrows, as well as resident bluebirds and woodpeckers.

william.batsford@yale.edu

home – 203-787-1642

cell – 203-494-4325

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First Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford – Kathy Van Der Aue

September 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Milford Point,
Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford, CT 06460 United States
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Moved to Sept 7, Thursday due to thunderstorm prediction. Time moved to 9:00 am

Join us as we look for shorebirds and terns at this excellent local birding location. We should also find raptors, waterfowl, long-legged waders, and migrating passerines. Ten or more species of shorebirds are possible, including American Golden Plover.

Rain will cancel the day out.

Kathy Van Der Aue

kathyvda@gmail.com

home – 203-259-2426

cell – 203-331-7517

 

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Bird Count – Hawk Watch, Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven; Daily September to December

September 1 @ 7:00 am - December 1 @ 1:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating raptors as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts daily at 7 AM and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop by anytime.

Coordinator: Steve Mayo

rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

203-393-0694

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August 2017

Happenings at Long Wharf Nature Preserve and Urban Oasis Demonstration Site – Deborah Johnson

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Long Wharf,
351 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, United States
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This event is organized with the New Haven Land Trust, Save the Sound, and Audubon Connecticut. An environmentally-focused family-friendly morning learning about the Urban Oases projects in New Haven, the work of the Land Trust on this piece of “disturbed” but “recovered” land in the heart of downtown New Haven, and, of course, a bird walk. We hope to see early shorebird migrants as we walk to the Oasis at Oyster Point and back along the harbor shore line. Bird walk leader is Bill Batsford; other participants include the summer interns from both the Urban Resources Initiative and Common Ground High School who have maintained this site all summer, Horseshoe Crab/Project Limulus researchers (read Red Knot), and the conservation efforts of the NHBC. 2 hours; 1 mile walking.

Please note: the google map will take you to the visitor center parking lot at the east end of park. the walk will be meeting at the parking area next to the Vietnam War Memorial on the west end of Long Wharf.

deborahleighjohnson@hotmail.com

203-430-5554 (talk/text)

william.batsford@yale.edu

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Lighthouse Point Park Bird Walk / Prep for Migration Festival – Dan Barvir

August 19 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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Join Park Ranger Dan Barvir on a late summer bird walk at Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor. Then, beginning around 9:30 AM, we’ll perform some light trail maintenance and cleanup. This is a great way to enjoy looking at birds and at the same time help preserve their habitat

dbarvir@newhavenct.net

phone – 203-946-6086

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Shorebirds and Terns at Milford Point – Frank Mantlik

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Milford Point,
Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford, CT 06460 United States
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This will be a trip to study shorebirds and terns, which should be here in concentrations now. We will walk out on the sand flats at mid-tide, then see the numbers of birds build as the tide rises. Wear waterproof shoes or sandals, and apply sunscreen. We’ll finish by 3 PM.

mantlik@sbcglobal.com

cell – 203-984-9410

 

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June 2017

Field Trip – First Wednesday Walk, White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield – Greg Hanisek

June 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
White Memorial Foundation,
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759 United States
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The White Memorial Foundation is a 4,000-acre nature preserve with extensive woodlands, conifer plantations, wetlands, thickets, and fields. The preserve is home to more than 115 breeding species and is visited by many migrant species. Notable breeding species include: Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Northern Goshawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, and Blackburnian Warbler. Meet at the visitor center parking lot off Bissell Road, off Rt. 202.

Leader: Greg Hanisek 203-754-4401 (home), 203-525-1558 (cell), or ctgregh@yahoo.com

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Field Trip – National Trails Day Hike at Naugatuck State Forest – Craig Repasz

June 3 @ 8:00 am
Quinnipiac Trailhead, Mt Sanford,
2705 Downs Road, Hamden, CT 06518 United States
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National Trails Day is celebrated across the country with hikes, trail work, and naturalist events. NHBC will commemorate the day with a birding hike on the oldest hiking trail in CT, the Quinnipiac Trail in the Mt. Sanford Block of Naugatuck SF. We’ll leave from the trail head parking area entrance of Naugatuck SF, 2705 Downs Rd., Hamden, and go through the mountain laurel, beech, birch, hickory, and oak forest; then up and over Mt. Sanford, at an elevation of 890 feet, for beautiful views to the east. Possible birds to be seen are Veery, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, hawks, and warblers. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks. The hiking is a bit strenuous. Meet at 2705 Downs Rd., Hamden.

Leader: Craig Repasz, 203-230-1697 (home), 203-745-6683 (cell) or crepasz@hotmail.com

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Field Trip – Bent of the River, Southbury – Managing for Forest and Shrubland Birds – Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

June 3 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Bent of the River,
185 E. Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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On this trip we will look for shrubland and forest nesting birds at the Bent of the River Audubon Sanctuary. At this Important Bird Area, approximately 100 acres of fields are managed for shrubland nesting birds, including Blue-winged Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Prairie Warbler. The IBA also includes roughly 600 acres of forest and supports species such as Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Worm-eating Warbler. We will listen and look for these species and talk about what goes into managing their habitats. This walk is geared to beginners but birders of all levels and families are welcome. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration to the newcomers. Meet at the parking lot just beyond the entrance, 185 East Flat Hill Rd in Southbury.

Leader: Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, 203-630-9640 (home–preferred number) 203-233-0535 (cell–only on the morning of trip) or cfolsom-okeefe@audubon.org

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Bird Count – New Haven Breeding Bird Count – Steve Mayo

June 3 @ 5:00 am - June 4 @ 8:00 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your song identification skills and see what birds are nesting in your area. For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader Steve Mayo. Meet at various points.

Leader: Steve Mayo, 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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Field Trip – Whip-poor-will Walk in Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – Jack Swatt

June 2 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Naugatuck State Forest,
1021 Hunters Mountain Road, Naugatuck, CT 06770 United States
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Jack Swatt, New Haven Bird Club member and DEEP volunteer Whip-poor-will monitor, will lead a walk to listen and look for Whip-poor-will at the Naugatuck State Forest. Jack will give a short talk on the status of Whip-poor-wills in the northeast and Connecticut. We will then wait for dusk to fall while we listen for the distinctive call. A sighting? Who knows! Bring a flashlight and plenty of bug spray. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Hunter’s Mountain Road, Naugatuck.

Leader: Jack Swatt, 203-592-4686 or jswattbirds@snet.net

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May 2017

Field Trip – Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale St. Park, Derby – Maria Stockmal

May 27 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Osbornedale State Park,
500 Hawthorne ave, Derby, CT 06418 United States
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Join us on a visit to this excellent birding location where we look for late spring migrants and early nesting species. The center and park have open fields, woods, ponds, and streams. Meet at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.

Leader: Maria Stockmal, 203-488-3876 or m.stockmal@snet.net

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Field Trip – Durham Meadows & Coginchaug River, Durham – Steve Broker

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duram Skating Pond,
81 Wallingford Rd, Durham, CT 06422 United States
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We explore this pristine freshwater marsh and riverine system at four different access points and for target species: (1) Durham Skating Pond, Route 68 (Virginia Rail, Swamp Sparrow, American Kestrel); (2) Frederick White Farm, Durham Fairgrounds vicinity off Maple Street (Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper); (3) south Durham Meadows, Route 17 (Virginia Rail, Willow Flycatcher); (4) Coginchaug River, Route 147 (Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora). Along the way numerous other species are to be encountered, including vultures, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, swallows, wrens, wood warblers, and sparrows. This trip is geared in part to photographers, as later afternoon light augments the beauty of the meadows and adjacent agricultural lands. Meet at the Durham Skating Pond gravel parking lot on Route 68 just downhill from Route 17 in Durham.

Leader: Steve Broker, 203-272-5192 (home), 203-747-6843 (cell), or LS.Broker@cox.net

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Field Trip – Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – Chris Loscalzo

May 21 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Rt 8 exit 25 commuter parking lot,
245 Cross Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770 United States
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Note: this trip has been rescheduled from 5/14 to 5/21

Join us at the peak of spring migration on this moderately strenuous and long hike in a fine birding location. We’ll search for migrants and residents. We often see more than fifteen species of warblers on this trip, including resident Hooded, Chestnut-sided, Prairie, and Worm-eating Warblers. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and many other birds are residents here, too. Meet at the commuter lot at Exit 25 off Route 8, Naugatuck.

Leader: Chris Loscalzo, 203-389-6508 or closcalz@optonline.net

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Field Trip – Bluebirds and Swallows at Lake Chamberlain, Bethany/Woodbridge – Pat Leahy

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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For a number of years, members of the New Haven Bird Club have maintained about 50 nest boxes on Regional Water Authority properties in Bethany and Woodbridge. Join Pat Leahy, Dewitt Allen, and Mike Ferrari on Saturday, May 20 from 9–11 am to view activity in the bluebird and tree swallow boxes on Lake Chamberlain. We will explain how we build and take care of the houses. We will also show what is going on in a couple of special viewing boxes where we can see inside without bothering the new families. This program is open to all, welcoming children and grandchildren as well as more experienced birders. We will make a special effort to show our younger participants how these wonderful birds live. Meet at the RWA parking lot on Sperry Road, Bethany.

Leaders: Pat Leahy 203-393-2427 (home), 203-314-0566 (cell), or ptjleahy@yahoo.com;

DeWitt Allen, 475-227-2820 or allendatlow@gmail.com;

Mike Ferrari, 203-435-5712 or mike.ferrari@att.net

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Field Trip – Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington – Carolyn Cimino

May 20 @ 7:00 am
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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This will be our thirteenth annual trip to this excellent birding spot. We’ll meet at the commuter lot at Exit 55 of I-95 and carpool to Barn Island. The area consists of large expanses of salt marsh, tidal pools, wetlands, woodlands, and open fields. We should see wading birds, shorebirds, and area residents such as Saltmarsh Sparrow, Marsh Wren, White-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Willow Flycatcher, Bobolink, and many other species. Meet at I-95 exit 55 commuter lot at 7 am or at 96 Palmer Neck Rd, Stonington (Bobolink fields) at 8 am.

Leader: Carolyn Cimino, 860-447-3565 or sailcarm@aol.com

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Field Trip – Janie Pierce Park, Southbury / Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery – Renee Baade

May 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
commuter lot rt 84 exit 14 Southbury,
921 Main Street South, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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Kept in its natural state, Janie Pierce Park is approx. 60 acres of scenic woodland that surround Transylvania Pond located in Southbury. We will hike around the Transylvania Lake there. It is a fairly easy walk, less than 2 miles, but know that it is mainly a boardwalk and tree root trail. Afterwards we will drive to Earth Tones, a native plant nursery and landscape establishment nearby where we will have someone talk to us briefly on native plants and have a look around at her stock. Meet at the commuter lot at exit 14 off I-84.

Leader: Renee Baade 203-270-9953 (home), 203-526-7667 (cell), or rbaade@juno.com

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Field Trip – West Rock Ridge State Park, New Haven/Hamden/Woodbridge/Bethany – Steve Broker

May 13 @ 7:00 am
West Rock Ridge Nature Center,
1110 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT 06514 United States
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Less well known as a hotspot for spring migrants and nesting species than is East Rock, West Rock is, in fact, one of the premier places in Connecticut to observe and study birds at this time of year. Lacking the closely associated lake, river, slope, and ridge top environs seen at East Rock, West Rock is far more spread out: seven miles of uninterrupted ridge top, west-facing, and east-facing slopes; Wintergreen Brook and Lake Wintergreen in New Haven/Hamden; the West River and three impounded lakes (Watrous, Dawson, Konold’s Pond) in Woodbridge/Bethany. New Haven Summer Bird Count results for West Rock and Konold’s Pond are most impressive for an expanding Great Blue Heron rookery and for nesting cuckoos, Peregrine Falcon, flycatchers, vireos, Common Raven, thrushes, wood warblers, tanagers, Indigo Bunting, and orioles. In 2016, West Rock was recognized as an Important Bird Area in Connecticut. Meet at 7:00 am sharp. Once we enter the park, the gate is locked to late-comers. We car pool north to ridge top for spectacular views of the West River Valley and Konold’s Pond, followed by our survey of the 4.5 miles further north for migrants and species establishing nesting territories. Meet at the entrance gate to the park on Wintergreen Road opposite the West Rock Nature Center and just south of the Route 15 West Rock Tunnels (east side).

Leader: Steve Broker 203-272-5192 (home), 203-747-6843 (cell), or LS.Broker@cox.net

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Field Trip – Big Day Marathon Greater New Haven Area – John Oshlick

May 13 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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Take part in all or part of this event. We’ll focus on New Haven area hotspots, seeking 100–130 species. We start at East Rock and search several other local migrant traps, as well as the coast from Lordship to Hammonasset. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

Leader: John Oshlick, 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com

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Annual Banquet – LESVOS: European Spring Migration Magic – Gina Beebe Nichol

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Amarante's Restaurant,
62 Cove St, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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The Greek Island of Lesvos is renowned for its ancient history, incomparable natural beauty and tradition of hospitality. Celebrated as the Princess of the Northwest Aegean Sea, this stunning island has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration. In late April and early May, a continual stream of migrating birds pass over the island as they move from their wintering grounds in Africa to their breeding grounds in Europe. Keen birders return year after year to experience the migration magic of Lesvos and search out the island’s special birds, including Krüper’s Nuthatch, Cinereous Bunting, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Rüppell’s Warbler, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Isabelline Wheatear, Masked and Red-backed Shrike and more. This program will reveal the avian delights of Lesvos with vivid photographs of its birds against the backdrop of charming fishing villages, sea coasts, salt pans, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the slopes of Mount Olympus. Founder of Sunrise Birding, Gina Nichol’s varied interests and love of the natural world have taken her to all seven continents. She’s led bird watching tours from Alaska to Antarctica to China to Kenya and countless countries in between. This tour of Lesvos from our seats in Connecticut is bound to be an exciting adventure for us all!

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Field Trip – Hartman Park, Lyme – John Oshlick

May 10 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
the Branford commuter lot, Exit 55 off I-95.,
342 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 United States
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Hartman Park is known for its breeding population of Cerulean Warbler. There is also a power cut which may have Prairie, Blue-winged, Magnolia, and other warblers. Both Cuckoos have been seen here as well. Meet at I-95; exit 55 commuter lot.

Leader: John Oshlick, 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com

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Field Trip – Housatonic River – Kent, CT – Renee Baade

May 7 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
rt 7 & Bulls Bridge Rd, South Kent,
312 Kent Road, South Kent, CT 06785 United States
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Today we enjoy the riparian woodlands along the Housatonic in Kent, CT. We meet at the parking area on the southwest corner of Bull’s Bridge Rd and Rt. 7 (Kent Rd.) south of Kent. We carpool from there, paralleling the Housatonic via Schaticoke Rd and Skiff Mountain Rd to River Rd, listening and looking for spring migrants. The area is famed for warblers, including Cerulean, Worm-eating, and many others. Veery, Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes and Pileated Woodpecker are also possible. Bring lunch or buy something to eat in charming Kent.

Meet at the parking lot on the southwest corner of Bull’s Bridge Rd and Rt. 7 (Kent Rd).

Leader: Renee Baade 203-270-9953 (home), 203-526-7667 (cell), or rbaade@juno.com

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Field Trip – Bent of the River Wildlife Sanctuary, Southbury – Roy Harvey

May 7 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Bent of the River,
185 E. Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT 06488 United States
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Explore a prime birding location along the Pomperaug River in Southbury where more than 100 species of birds have been observed in a single day. This beautiful and highly diverse habitat is owned and maintained by the National Audubon Society. The trip involves moderately strenuous hiking. Meet at 85 E Flat Hill Rd, Southbury, CT. Take Exit 14 off Rt. 84. Go north on Rt. 172 , then turn left onto East Flat Hill Rd. (church on corner). Continue to sanctuary entrance on left.

Leader: Roy Harvey, 203-888-5757 or rmharvey@snet.net

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Field Trip – East Rock Park with Ranger Dan, New Haven – Dan Barvir

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
East Rock Park - English Drive,
English Drive, New Haven, CT 06511 United States
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Join Ranger Dan Barvir at this premier site for warblers and other spring migrants. Meet at the Rice Field (baseball field) end of East Rock Park on English Drive.

Leader: Dan Barvir, 203-946-6086 or dbarvir@newhavenct.net

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Field Trip – First Wednesday walk at East Rock, New Haven – Jerry Connolly

May 3 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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East Rock Park in early May is one of the best places in the state to see migrant warblers. Fifteen to twenty species are possible on a good day. Meet at 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leaders: Jerry Connolly 203-421-4128 (home), 203-710-2011 (cell), or birdshop@sbcglobal.net;

John Oshlick, 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com;

Bill Batsford, 203-787-1542 (home), 203-494-4325 (cell), or william.batsford@yale.edu

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April 2017

Field Trip – Birdwalk for Families at East Rock Park, New Haven – Flo McBride

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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On this walk by the park’s Mill River, children with accompanying adults are invited to help us look for warblers and other spring migrants. Other interested adults are also welcome to join the walk in this famous spring birding place. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leader: Flo McBride, 203-288-6777, fmcb_warbler@yahoo.com

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Field Trip – Ansonia Nature Center, Ansonia – Maria Stockmal

April 29 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Ansonia Nature Center,
10 Deerfield Ave, Ansonia, CT 06401 United States
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Enjoy a walk at this great birding location. The nature center has a small pond, grassy fields, thickets, wetlands, and woods. The woods have had Northern Goshawk and Great Horned Owls nesting there, and there often are surprises. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot, 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia.

Leader: Maria Stockmal, 203-305-3728 or m.stockmal@snet.net

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Field Trip – Birding by Ear at Lufberry Memorial Park, Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe

April 29 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Lufberry Memorial Park,
lufberry Memorial Park Road, Wallingford, CT United States
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Ever wanted to learn to bird by ear? On this walk, we will learn mnemonics for about 25 common bird species and look for early spring migrants at Lufberry Memorial Park, a wooded path located on a ridge above the Quinnipiac River. From “tree hugger, tree hugger, tree” to “drink your tea,” you will learn a number of silly phrases that can help you to identify birds. A handout will be provided. This walk is geared to beginners, but birders of all levels and families are welcome. More advanced birders not only can enjoy a day out but also provide support and inspiration to the newcomers. Meet at the parking lot by the park baseball field, Lufberry Memorial Park Road, off Cheshire Road in Wallingford.

Leader: Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe 203-630-9640 (home–preferred number), 203-233-0535 (cell–only on the morning of trip), or

cfolsom-okeefe@audubon.org

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Field Trip – Lake Chamberlain, Bethany , Bill Batsford

April 26 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lake Chamberlain Recreation Area,
19 Sperry Road, Bethany, CT 06524 United States
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Cancelled due to inclement weather, better luck next year.

 

Join Past NHBC President Bill Batsford to check out this excellent birding area. Lake Chamberlain, a Regional Water Authority property, is surrounded by coniferous forest and also has open fields and thickets. Early spring migrants likely to be seen are Palm and Pine Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-headed Vireo, and Eastern Phoebe. Bluebirds and Tree Swallows nest in bird houses. Meet at the RWA parking lot on Sperry Rd., on the right just past Morris Rd. in Bethany.

Leader: Bill Batsford 203-787-1642 (home), 202-494-4325 (cell), or william.batsford@yale.edu

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Conservation Activity – East Rock Garlic Mustard Pull, Craig Repasz

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Eli Whitney Museum,
915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517 United States
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Take part in a crucial conservation project. Help remove garlic mustard from East Rock Park, an Important Bird Area that is a vital migratory bird stopover and breeding habitat. This invasive plant is a pernicious, prolific pest that can overrun forested areas, squeeze out native spring flowers, kill butterfly caterpillars, and alter the habitat of our native birds. In three years, we’ve already made a significant improvement at this site! Long pants and sleeves are recommended. Bring work gloves if you have them. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

Leader: Craig Repasz, 203-230-1697 (home), 203-747-6843 (cell), or crespasz@hotmail.com

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Indoor Program – Rebuilding Local Populations of The American Kestrel – One Box at a Time – Tom Sayer

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Note: the yearbook had the wrong date for this talk. April 20th is the correct date. We changed from the usual date to not conflict with religious holidays.

Ever since the age of 8 years old, Tom Sayers has spent much of his free time wandering the woods and fields fascinated by the complexity and diversity of the natural world. In 2009, his life-long interest in birds led him to experiment with putting up 5 American Kestrel nestboxes in northeast Connecticut as a way of trying to help reverse the dramatic decline of the threatened American Kestrel. Those first boxes produced 7 nestlings in the first year and resulted in the formation of the Northeast Connecticut Kestral Project (www.nectkestrels.com). This presentation will take you from that very first year, with all its mistakes and challenges, up through the 2016 breeding season. Tom’s presentation includes fascinating video clips of both nestlings and adult birds. Some of the topics covered will be the possible reasons for the American Kestrel’s decline, which factors seem to influence the breeding success of the birds, what has been learned about successful nestbox placement, what we have learned from banding, radio telemetry, and geolocator studies with the birds, and the role of the European Starling in the breeding success of kestrels.

Please Note: As stated in the Club’s by-laws, the April meeting is traditionally the Annual Meeting, which includes presentation of a slate of officers and their election.

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Haddam Meadows Invasive Clean up

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Haddam Meadows State Park,
1 Island Dock rd, Haddam, CT 06438 United States
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Our first spring invasive plant cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am-12:00 noon at Haddam Meadows State Park. Rain Date is Saturday, April 22. We will remove oriental bittersweet and other invasives and pick up litter. Adults and youth under 16 years of age accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate. Meet at the boat launch. Please dress for the weather, wear waterproof boots, bring garden loppers or saw, sunscreen, bug repellent, first aid supplies, and water. Snacks will be provided. Do not bring pets. Volunteers with Haddam dump trucks and stickers are especially needed. The event is being planned by Adopt-a-Park volunteers, Cherry Czuba, and Mary Lou Heger. To register email Cherry Czuba at cherylczuba@comcast.net. Come join the fun and make a difference in your state park.

New Haven Bird Club conservation committee co-chair Charles Strasser will be taking part and encourages members to participate in maintaining habitat for our birds, wildlife, and citizens. Those planning to go should contact Charles or the event’s organizers at the email address.

Charles Strasser,

New Haven Bird Club, Conservation Committee Co-Chair

(908)-328-5563

Crstrasser@gmail.com

 

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Field Trip -Lighthouse Point to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary The Richard English Memorial Fieldtrip, Mike Horn

April 8 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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We start at Lighthouse Point Park and bird the harbor shore for gulls, loons, ducks, and early-returning shorebirds. We then proceed to the Richard English Bird Sanctuary at the Deer Lake Scout Camp in Killingworth. We then proceed to Hammonasset Beach State Park. This is an all-day trip; bring lunch and dress warmly. This trip almost always has a high species count. Meet at Lighthouse Point Park hawk watch parking lot, 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven.

Leader: Mike Horn, 203-288-1891 or mfhorn@att.net

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