Join volunteers, Mary Ann and Allison on a hike for fresh air, exercise and good company 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 travel through some rolling hills and several hundred feet of elevation change. With 20 miles of trails, we’ll explore different trails and routes each month.
Please arrive on time and dress for the weather. Inclement weather cancels. Bring water and a sense of adventure.
Saturday, November 7
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cathy Hagadorn, director at Deer Pond Farm and Mike Cunningham, from Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust will lead this hike. They’’ll discuss Connecticut’s changing landscape from farms to forest and what stonewalls can tell us about prior land use along the way. We’ll follow Old Stage Coach Trail, a historic route, pass by wolf trees and old stone foundations as we make our way to a scenic overlook.
Please arrive on time and dress for the weather. Inclement weather cancels. Bring binoculars, camera, water, sunscreen, bug spray, walking stick and a sense of adventure! Binoculars are available to borrow.
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Fall is the perfect time to test out your ‘LBJ’ (Little Brown Job) skills with Sparrow migration in full swing. Overwhelmed with differentiating between species? Do not worry! The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Land Steward, Stefan Martin, will help guide the way to confidence in this challenging group of birds. Species we hope to see include: Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and Lincoln’s Sparrow.
Learn from gardening experts the how-to steps to make gardening at your home a little easier and more rewarding. We are hosting three one hour sessions, meeting outdoors in the Deer Pond Farm pollinator garden for free. We’ll start at the ground level with the soil and work our way up to seed collecting. Each family friendly program offers tips that are easy to put into action and expert instructions and demonstrations.
Clean-Up & Seed Saving
November 14, 10 a.m.
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Are you ready to put your garden to bed? Do you know what to cut down and what to leave up? Would you like to save some seeds for next year? In this program, we’ll explain the how and why of these questions and you’ll get to harvest some seeds to take home. Instructors: Deirdra Wallin, CT Audubon Society Program Manager at Deer Pond Farm, an Advanced Master Gardener, Master Composter and Horticultural Therapist
Whether you have never birded before, have just begun or are perhaps returning to birding, these one hour free family friendly programs are for you! Each program below will involve information, demonstration and a short walk to a nearby habitat.
November 14, 1 p.m.
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Would you like to feed birds in your yard? Want to know which plants to add to your yard that birds will eat from? Would you like some tips on selecting bird feeders and food? Join us in learning about feeding birds in your backyard. Providing food for birds brings them closer to observe and provides an enjoyable activity at home. Learning your backyard birds is also a great way to increase your knowledge base which you can then expand at nearby nature areas. Instructor: Deirdra Wallin, CT Audubon Program Manager at Deer Pond Farm.
Winter Bird Adaptations in the New England Forest
Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m. To register, click here.
Why do some birds migrate and others do not? What tricks do different species like the Common Raven and the Great Horned Owl employ to survive harsh New England
winters? Join conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni on a walk among a variety of habitats that offer different resources for different species, and learn how you can help our
feathered friends in the months ahead.
Explore the diverse habitats which support a variety of birds within the 835 acres with our expert guides who have led bird walks around the world! They will help you identify the migrating and resident birds that are seen and heard along the trails. Recent habitat enhancement plantings, meadows, forests and wetlands that straddle the state border of Connecticut and New York will be included in these walks.