Connecticut Audbon Society

 

These special walks at our centers are perfect for Birdathon participants

A group of happy Birdathoners!

May 5, 2021 — With the Migration Madness Birdathon approaching, we’ve scheduled 19 bird walks at our centers to help you add to your Birdathon lists.

Chose from Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, the Center at Pomfret, the Milford Point Coastal Center, the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme, or the Center at Fairfield.

The event is set for May 14, 15 and 16. It’s a weekend-long celebration of Connecticut’s birds during a peak migration weekend.

It’s also a fundraiser to support conservation in Connecticut.

Click the blue button to register for the Birdathon (the registration fee is only $10).

Chose which of our centers or programs you’d like your donation to go to.

Then come back here and sign up for a walk. (Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.)

 Don't miss the fun! Sign up for the 2021 Migration Madness Birdathon here!

Friday

Early Morning Bird Walk with Milan Bull – SOLD OUT
Friday May 14, 7:30 a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield

Join Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation, for an early morning bird walk in the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary. Miley will lead this walk to explore the Sanctuary’s great variety of bird species which, with its diverse habitats, is visited by more than 180 species of birds throughout the year. All levels of birders welcome. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. For more information, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or email jguenther@ctaudubon.org. Limited to 12 participants. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Note: Registration is closed for this program.


Beginner Birder Workshop & Bird Walk
Friday, May 14, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman

Whether you are new to birding, participating in the Birdathon, or not, this program is for you! Join Deirdra Wallin, center manager for this workshop and bird walk. We will spend the first half hour going over binocular use, bird identification and eBird basics. During the next two hours, we’ll explore the trails, looking, listening and identifying birds. Not a new birder? Feel free to skip the first half hour and join us for the bird walk! For more information, contact Deirdra Wallin, center manager at 860-799-4074 ext. 134 or dwallin@ctaudubon.org. Limited to 15 participants. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register here for the Beginner Birder Workshop & Bird Walk


Spring Bird Walk with Stefan Martin at The Coastal Center
Friday, May 14, 8 – 10 a.m.
The Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford

photo by Frank Mantlik

Join Stefan Martin, our habitat steward, for a walk along the marsh, beach, and upland areas of the Coastal Center in search of migrating songbirds and shorebirds. Situated on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River, Milford Point is an enormously important IBA site (Important Bird Area) that provides essential habitat for breeding and migrating birds. All levels of birders are welcome. This program is for adults and teens 18 and up. Limited to 10 participants. Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them. Pre-registration required.
Members $20, Non-members $25.

Register here for Spring Bird Walk with Stefan Martin at The Coastal Center


Songbirds on the Sound
Friday, May 14; 8:30-10:30 am
Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford
Organized by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, Old Lyme

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. For more information, call 860.598.4218 or email rtpec@ctaudubon.org.

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 p.m.
Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme
Organized by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, 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. For more information, call 860.598.4218 or email rtpec@ctaudubon.org.

Register here for Family Beginner Bird Walk


Saturday

 

Spring Migration Bird Walk with Stefan Martin – SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 15, 8-10 a.m.
Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield

Join Connecticut Audubon’s Habitat Steward Stefan Martin for a morning of migrants in the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary. At this time of year, expect to see warbler species in the double digits, along with many other migrants including Orioles, Tanagers and Vireos. This walk is geared toward adults and all levels of birders are welcome. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Once registered, participants will need to complete a waiver. For more information, call 203-259-6305 ext. 109 or email jguenther@ctaudubon.org. Limited to 12 participants. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Note: Registration is closed for this program.


Spring Migrants at the Arboretum
Saturday, May 15; 8-10 a.m.

Connecticut College Arboretum, New London
Organized by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, Old Lyme

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. For more information, call 860.598.4218 or email rtpec@ctaudubon.org.

Spring Migrants at the Arboretum has reached capacity

Warblers & More at Deer Pond Farm
Saturday, May 15, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spring migrants are returning and joining the resident birds. The air is full of bird song as males claim territory and try to attract mates for the breeding season. Join Jim Arrigoni, conservation biologist as we explore the trails in search of warblers, vireos, flycatchers and more! Expected highlights include a diversity of stop-over warblers: Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Black & White, Blackburnian and Magnolia. For more information, contact Deirdra Wallin, center manager at 860-799-4074 ext. 134 or dwallin@ctaudubon.org. Limited to 15 participants. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register here for Warblers & More at Deer Pond Farm


Piping Plover at the Coastal Center.

SOLD OUT!
Beginner Bird Walk at The Coastal Center
Saturday, May 15,
9:30 – 11 a.m.
The Coastal Center at Milford Point, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford

New to birding? This walk is for you! Learn basic field marks and other identification clues and how to use binoculars. We’ll visit the marsh, beach and upland areas of the Coastal Center in search of the birds that are here this time of year, including our resident Osprey pair and the Purple Martin colony. This walk is geared for adults. Limited to 10 participants. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Pre-registration is required.
Members $15/person, Non-members $20/person.


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, 3-5 p.m.

Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, East Lyme
Organized by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, Old 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. For more information, call 860.598.4218 or email rtpec@ctaudubon.org.

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

Register here for Bird Hike in the Hills

Sunday


Warblers & More at Deer Pond Farm
Sunday, May 16, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spring migrants are returning and joining the resident birds. The air is full of bird song as males claim territory and try to attract mates for the breeding season. Join Angela Dimmitt, local bird expert as we explore the trails in search of warblers, vireos, flycatchers and more! Expected highlights include a diversity of stop-over warblers: Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Black & White, Blackburnian and Magnolia. For more information, contact Deirdra Wallin, center manager at 860-799-4074 ext. 134 or dwallin@ctaudubon.org. Limited to 15 participants. $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register here for Warblers & More at Deer Pond Farm


Family Beginner Bird Walk
Sunday, May 16, 9-10:30 a.m.
Rocky Neck State Park
Organized by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, Old Lyme

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. For more information, call 860.598.4218 or email rtpec@ctaudubon.org.

Register here for Family Beginner Bird Walk


Warbler Walk
Sunday, May 16, 3-5 p.m.

Hartman Park, Lyme
Organized by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, Old 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. For more information, call 860.598.4218 or email rtpec@ctaudubon.org.

Register here for Warbler Walk

 


Migration Madness Programming at the Center at Pomfret

Birding 101
Friday, May 14, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 15, 8 a.m.

Have you always wanted to bird watch but did not know where to start? Come on out and learn the basics from Aaron Bourque, a longtime volunteer and passionate birder. Wear comfortable shoes for a leisurely walk on the trails in search the avian life on the sanctuary. Binoculars available for use during program. Pre-registration required, call 860-928-4948 to register. Free.

Gellert Preserve Bird Walk
Friday, May 14, 8 a.m.

This Wyndham Land Trust preserve has a variety of habitats including field, shrub land and woodland. Birds to watch for include Prairie Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Blue-winged Warbler and Scarlet Tanager. Limit 7 people. Pre-registration required. Email program leader, Andy Rzenikiewicz arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org. Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm. Masks required at all times. Carpools approved with proof of COVID vaccinations. Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

One warbler you’re unlikely to see during the 20 Warbler Day is Swainson’s Warbler. But you never know. Photo by Carol Foil/carolinabirds.org

20 Warbler Day (12th Annual)
Saturday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

We will search for 20 species of warblers in one day, carpooling to numerous locations. Help us beat our record of finding 21 species! Limit 12 people. Pre-registration required. Email program leader, Andy Rzenikiewicz arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org. Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm. Masks required at all times. Carpools approved with proof of COVID vaccinations

Fee: $25 CAS members; $50 non-members.

Bafflin Bird Walk
Sunday, May 16, 8 a.m.

The Bafflin Sanctuary is a flurry of activity during peak migration. Walk the trails visiting the best morning viewing spots. Limit 10 people. Pre-registration required. Email program leader, Andy Rzenikiewicz arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org. Include name, phone number, date & title of walk, and number of people. Andy will contact you to confirm. Masks required at all times. Carpools approved with proof of COVID vaccinations

Fee: $10 CAS members; $20 non-members.

 

 

 

 

 

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