Member Event: June 2022 Events at Deer Pond Farm, Sherman, CT

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 3pm

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FIRST FRIDAY HIKE: June 3, 9 AM to 11 AM, No Fee

Join volunteers Mary Ann and Allison the first Friday of each month for a hike on the shade-covered trails at Deer Pond Farm. This is a great way to explore new trails, get some fresh air, exercise and see some of our 850 acres

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY NATURE HIKE: June 4, 9 AM to 11 AM, No Fee

Celebrate National Trails Day by joining us for a gentle 1.5-mile walk on the trails at Deer Pond Farm! New England nature is at its exuberant peak during these longest days of the year as evidenced by nesting birds, blooming wildflowers, and croaking frogs. Conservation Biologist Jim Arrigoni will lead the exploration of a variety of habitats including forests, meadows, wetlands, and streams. He’ll also provide tips for identifying the plant and animal species we encounter with traditional field guides as well as modern smartphone apps. Participants will also enjoy this opportunity to get to know the trails!

SUMMER BIRD COUNT BIRD WALK: June 19, 9 AM to 11 AM

June is a great time to see what warm-weather avian residents can be found throughout Deer Pond Farm. Join Habitat Steward Stefan Martin on this guided bird walk, during which we will contribute observations and data collection to the New Milford/Pawling Summer Bird Count. This annual event engages birders of all abilities to collect and submit data to help researchers identify national and regional bird population trends.

FERN ID WALK: June 29, 10 AM to Noon, No Fee

Enjoy a shady stroll along the trails of Deer Pond Farm and discover the various ferns common to Connecticut. Botanist and Connecticut Audubon Society Master Naturalist Jim Cortina and Connecticut Audubon Society Master Naturalist Diane Nizlek will co-lead this two mile hike, during which they will share the basics of fern identification and reproduction. Join us as we learn a few fun facts on some of the oldest plants on our planet and how they support our local birds.

Please keep track of your nature observations! You can contribute to important, useful, and user-friendly citizen science projects via the internet or smartphone apps.

iNaturalist.org is a “virtual museum” repository for observations of any living thing, from algae to oak trees. The app can also aid in identifying photographs of species.  

eBird.org is a great way to keep track of your birdwatching adventures and a resource for learning about what birds to expect at different times and places.

Limited Cell Service on Trails.

Please adhere to current COVID-19 protocols. Keep 6 feet from others and bring a mask.

All programs held outside. Registration required at ctaudubon.org

$5 member adult, $0 member child; $10 non-member adult, $5 non-member child. No fee when noted

Distances & terrain vary per program. Dress for the weather & wear proper clothes and footwear. Bring binoculars, camera, water, walking stick, and a sense of adventure!

Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Please visit ctaudubon.org for updates and cancellations.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitor parking and guided programs meet at 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784, Tel: (860) 799-4074.

Trails open daily from dawn to dusk.

See our kiosks for trail and wildlife information.