Connecticut Audbon Society

 

 

Migration Madness Weekend

Join the Connecticut Audubon Society for the fourth year of Migration Madness, an annual celebration of Connecticut’s birds!  We have a variety of bird walks this weekend so there is sure to be something for everyone! We encourage participants to bring their own binoculars as we will only have a few sanitized pairs available. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. 

Songbirds on the Sound
Friday, May 14; 8:30-10:30 am 
Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

Situated on Long Island Sounds, the diverse array of habitats at Harkness Memorial State Park attracts a wide variety of birds. Join teacher-naturalist Joe Attwater to look for shorebirds on the beach, wading birds in the cove, and songbirds in the brush and gardens. For many birds, this is one of their first stops flying north from their wintering grounds! Best for ages 13 and up. Limited to 15 participants.$10 for members; $15 for non-members.

Register here for Songbirds on the Sound

Bird Walk at the RTP Estuary Center
Friday, May 14, 2-3:00 pm

Stroll the grounds of the new location for the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center with conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni. This small and easily-explored space contains rich ecology, from majestic specimen trees to frontage on tidal Lieutenant River. Expect to see everything from common yard birds like Northern Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees to coastal raptors like Osprey and Bald Eagles. Limited to 15 participants.$5 for members; $10 for non-members.

Register here for Bird Walk at the RTP Estuary Center

Family Beginner Bird Walk
Friday, May 14, 4:30-6 pm
Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme
Never gone birding before!? Have no fear, this kid-friendly, simple guided walk will get you started to being a world-class birder! Join teacher-naturalist Morgan Allen in exploring the diverse habitats of the Watch Rock Preserve. Free Program! Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Register here for Family Beginner Bird Walk

Spring Migrants at the Arboretum
Saturday, May 15; 8:00-10:00 am

Connecticut College Arboretum, New London

Native birds need native plants, and they find plenty of them at the Connecticut College Arboretum! In the forests, we will search for Scarlet Tanagers, Veerys, and numerous warblers. We’ll watch swallows feed on insects over the pond, and hummingbirds feeding on the many native flower species. Best for ages 13 and up. Free Program! Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.

Register here for Spring Migrants at the Arboretum

Bird Walk at the RTP Estuary Center
Saturday, May 15, 1:30-2:30 pm

Stroll the grounds of the new location for the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center with resident birder and CAS volunteer Michael Aurelia. This small and easily-explored space contains rich ecology, from majestic specimen trees to frontage on tidal Lieutenant River. Expect to see everything from common yard birds like Northern Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees to coastal raptors like Osprey and Bald Eagles.  Free program! Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Register here for Bird Walk at the RTP Estuary Center

Bird Hike in the Hills
Saturday, May 15, 3:00-5:00

Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, East Lyme
The 457 forested acres of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve overlook the Niantic River to the east and is situated close to the Niantic Bay and Long Island Sound. Numerous forest bird species rely on the habitat for food during migration and for nesting in the summer. We will hope to find Worm-eating Warblers in the ravine, listen for Pileated woodpeckers drumming on trees, and more.! Note: includes some difficult terrain. Best for ages 13 and up. Limited to 15 participants.

$10 for members; $15 for non-members.

Register here for Bird Hike in the Hills

Family Beginner Bird Walk
Sunday, May 16, 9-10:30 am
Rocky Neck State Park
Walk the sandy beaches and explore the various habitats on our Family Bird Walk! Shorebirds can be seen on the beach and marsh, and songbirds flit about the brush and in the woods. The trails are kid-friendly, and there’s always lots to see! Free Program! Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Register here for Family Beginner Bird Walk


Warbler Walk 
Sunday, May 16, 3-5 pm

Hartman Park, Lyme

At over 300 acres, Hartman Park is the largest of the three Lyme Corner Trails. With forests, fields, and large beaver ponds, the park is a haven for migrating songbirds. Dozens of warbler species have been spotted at the park, as well as many other birds that make Hartman a great spot during migration! Best for ages 13 and up. Limited to 15 participants. $10 for members; $15 for non-members.

Register here for Warbler Walk

The RTPEC frequently uses open space and land trust properties that are open to the public without fee.  The land trusts permit our use of these properties and receives no part of any fee collected by the RTPEC.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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