Connecticut Audubon Society - Fall 2019 Programs

BIRD WALKS
Join us for expert guided bird walks to enjoy resident and migratory   songbirds and hawks among the display of changing foliage! We’ll explore diverse habitats which support a variety of species that we will help identify by sight and sound. All levels of birders are welcome on these   relaxing excursions along our trails. Binoculars available to borrow.  Approximately two hours, moderately hilly terrain.
September 5, 11 & 26, 8 a.m.
October 2, 8, 16 & 22, 8 a.m.

Register early for:
November 6 & 13, 9 a.m.
December 5 & 11, 10 a.m. 

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
Come visit us for an opportunity to spend time outside, while we take an easy interactive walk to discover what’s happening in the natural world. We’ll spend time in our bird and pollinator garden, check out pond life, learn about citizen science, and explore nearby trails. Approximately one and a half hours, east terrain.
September 21, 11 a.m. Birding Basics  Focus
October 12, 9 a.m. in collaboration with Sherman Parks & Recreation
October 19, 10 a.m. in collaboration with L.L. Bean Danbury

October programs are free for all registered attendees.

NATURE WALKS
Learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit our forests, meadows and wetlands as you explore the trails with our staff. Walks will emphasize the highlights of the seasonal transitions as plants and animals prepare for the cold months ahead. We will move at a leisurely pace, stopping to observe and learn about various points of interest, including our habitat enhancement projects. Approximately two hours, moderately hilly terrain.
September 17, 9 a.m.
September 23, 4 p.m.
November 1, 3 p.m.
December 12, 9 a.m. 
        

BIRDING BASICS
Birdwatching is fun! And anyone can do it, from anywhere! It’s considered a favorite      pastime with over 60 million Americans taking time to look through their binoculars in search of birds and listen for bird calls and songs.   Anyone can enjoy it independently or in a group. Whether you are new to birding or experienced, join us to discover the joys of    birdwatching as we go over a variety of topics while we take to the trails to explore different habitats. You’ll learn about: binocular basics, identification clues (size and shape, field marks, behavior, and habitat), and ethics (for wildlife and the land). Field guides, apps, and websites will also be shared to support your interest in learning. Bring binoculars (or borrow from us) and all of the questions you have about birdwatching. Approximately two hours, easy terrain.
September 21, 11 a.m.
March 27, 9 a.m.
May 4, 5 p.m.

TAKE A HIKE THURSDAYS
Join us for fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way! Staff and volunteers will lead these hikes through the   varied habitats of Deer Pond Farm. The focus will be on covering many trails (approximately 3 miles) at a good pace. The route will be moderately strenuous with several hundred feet of elevation change.
September 12, October 10, November 14, December 19: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAMS (OFFSITE)

Wimisink Preserve Birding & Conservation
Saturday, September 21, 8 a.m. (Free)

Register & meet us at Wimisink Preserve, Sherman.     

Still River Greenway Ecology Walk
Saturday, October 12, 1 p.m.

The Brookfield Parks & Recreation is offering this program. Call 203-775-7310 to register.

Celebration of the Great Swamp 2019
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20 (Free)

http://frogs-ny.org/

A Modern Ecological Detective Story
Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. (Free)

The role of mosquitos, birds and birders in the emergence of West Nile Virus at the Aiken Library in Pawling, NY. Please register.
Contact Deirdra Wallin, program coordinator, to schedule a program in your town at dwallin@ctaudubon.org.

HABITAT ENHANCEMENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Join us for one workday or the whole season, your time and effort are welcome and appreciated!

Habitat Helpers: Help us while learning! We’ll work while we talk, and enjoy the camaraderie of collective action to improve our sanctuary. Currently, our focus is invasive plant identification and management. You’ll learn by doing and leave knowing what you can do at home.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: September 24, October 8, 22 & November 5.

Garden Gaggle: Join us in the bird and pollinator garden for maintenance and monitoring! We work while we chat, observe and learn. Our native plants bring in a host of butterflies, bees, and birds. We take the time to enjoy these visitors and conversations with fellow gardeners while weeding and completing other seasonal tasks.
September through October, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Email Deirdra Wallin at dwallin@ctaudubon.org to join the Garden Gaggle or the Habitat Helpers.

For all on-site programs:
Registration required: ctaudubon.org.at
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Free for members
$5 non-members
$10 non-member families
Unless otherwise noted.
  
Distances, terrain and timing vary per program. 
Dress for the weather. Inclement weather cancels.
Bring binoculars, camera, water, bug spray, walking stick and a sense of adventure.
Binoculars are available to borrow.
Children under 18 must be with an adult.

Please note:
Dogs, horses, fishing, swimming, camping, fires, hunting and collecting are not permitted.

Limited cell service on trails.
All parking and programs meet at 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman.

Trails open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Maps and suggested hikes available online and at kiosks. Thank you for staying on the trails.