Deer Pond Farm

Summer Birding/Early Morning Bird Walks at Deer Pond Farm

 

Scarlet Tanager is among the forest birds you’ll see and hear at Deer Pond Farm. Photo courtesy of Erica Seitz

Join us for an early morning guided walk along the well-maintained trails of the Deer Pond Sanctuary. We’ll explore the near ponds, mature forest and fields for birds and other highlights in this diverse habitat.  This is a prime birding area where we frequently see over 20 species at this birding hot spot. Each walk and talk is an ideal opportunity to see an excellent variety of birds along the trails.

All levels of birders welcome. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them. Walks are cancelled if there is rain. 

Each walk is free for CAS members and $5 for non-members. Registration is required.

 

Introduction to Deer Pond and Birding Hot Spot
Saturday, July 1, 9 a.m.
Saturday, July 29 9 a.m.

Join Cathy Hagadorn, program director at Deer Pond Farm for these early morning bird walks. Each walk includes an overview of the history of Deer Pond Farm and its importance as an ecologically diverse conservation property.
The walks are approximately two hours/two miles of moderate elevation change.
Registration required. Click here to register.

 

Summer Birding/Early Morning Bird Walks
With Miley Bull and Cathy Hagadorn
Wednesday, July 12, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, July 18, 8 a.m.
Friday, July 21, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, July 26, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, August 1, 8 a.m.

 Join Miley Bull, senior director science and conservation at Connecticut Audubon Society and Cathy Hagadorn, program director at Deer Pond Farm for these an early morning bird walks.  Miley will share his birding expertise include birding by ear. Cathy will give an overview of the history of Deer Pond Farm and its importance as an ecologically diverse conservation property.
The walks are approximately two hours/two miles of moderate elevation change. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them. Walks are cancelled if there is rain. 
Registration required. Click here to register.

 

Family Friendly Forest Hikes at Deer Pond Farm
Friday, July 28, 9 a.m.
Friday, August 4 9 a.m.

 Come with your little ones for a one mile hour exploration of the forest, field and ponds. We’ll explore the near trails in search of birds and other forest critters as we learn about their special home here in Sherman. 
Recommended for children 5 years and up. No strollers, please. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them. Walks are cancelled if there is rain. 
The walk is approximately one hour/one mile of moderate elevation change.
Registration required. Click here to register.

 

 

 

Summer Birding with Angela Dimmitt and Cathy Hagadorn

Thursday, July 6, 8 a.m.

Join expert birder, Angela Dimmitt for an early morning bird walk.  Angela will tell us what species we are hearing and where to look to see them.  This walk and talk is an ideal opportunity to see an excellent variety of birds along the trails.  Angela is a Board member of COA and president of the Western Connecticut Bird Club.

Cathy Hagadorn, program director at Deer Pond Farm will share the history of the property and the unique ecological features of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s newest sanctuary.  All levels of birders are welcome.  Bring binoculars if you  have them and a bird ID book if you wish.
Reservations are essential.  Click here to make a reservation.

Deer Pond Farm: 835 Acres in Western Connecticut

Cathy Hagadorn, program director at Deer Pond Farm, in Sherman.

Sherman, CT, June 1, 2017 – The Connecticut Audubon Society announced today that it has received a generous bequest, from the estate of Kathryn D. Wriston, of 835 acres of rugged hardwood forest, meadows, and wetlands straddling the state border of Connecticut and New York.

Called Deer Pond Farm, approximately half the property is in Sherman, and half in Pawling, N.Y.

The bequest gives the Connecticut Audubon Society a major new location in the western part of the state, to go along with its centers in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Pomfret, and Old Lyme. The bequest also includes an endowment to manage the property and conserve it as wildlife habitat.

“The generosity and foresight of Mrs. Wriston can’t be overstated, and we are extremely grateful to be able to conserve this property according to her wishes,” said Nelson North, Connecticut Audubon’s executive director. “This not only ensures that the land will be conserved but it helps us fulfill our mission in a new part of the state.”

The property sits in the highlands along the Connecticut-New York border. About 620 of its 835 acres are upland forest; 125 acres are forested wetlands, and 59 acres are meadow. About 100 species of birds have been reported on or near the property during breeding season, including forest birds such as Broad-winged Hawk and Scarlet Tanager, marsh birds such as Virginia Rail, and birds such as American Woodcock, Eastern Towhee, and Chestnut-sided Warbler, which nest in young forests or shrubby areas.

“This rivals our 700-acre Croft Preserve in Goshen and our 700-acre Bafflin Preserve in Pomfret in terms of biodiversity and ecological importance,” said Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon’s senior director of science and conservation.

Read the rest of the story here.

 


Deer Pond Farm’s Benefactors

Deer Pond Farm comes to the Connecticut Audubon Society through the generosity of the late Kathryn D. Wriston, who with her late husband, Walter B. Wriston, envisioned and planned for the property to be preserved for the benefit of the environment and the surrounding communities.

Mrs. Wriston, who passed away in 2014, was a graduate of Smith College and the University of Michigan Law School. She served on the boards of numerous organizations and companies – including Stanley Works and Union Carbide in Connecticut – and her philanthropic activities included support of nature conservation, medical research, and education institutions. She was a founder of the Matthew 25 Project, which provides hot meals and energy assistance to Sherman, Connecticut, seniors and families in need.

Mr. Wriston (1919-2005) was the former chairman and CEO of Citicorp. In the 1970s he helped establish the Financial Control Board and Municipal Assistance Corporation, which saved New York City from bankruptcy. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil honor, by President George W. Bush in 2004.

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57 Wakeman Hill Road
Sherman, CT 06784-1925

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