Deer Pond Farm

*** Please note that the grounds and trails are accessible only by signing up for one of our guided programs or by scheduling a private tour.

September Early Morning Migration Walks with Miley Bull and Cathy Hagadorn

Fall migration happens in waves.  Each week you can expect to see different species heading south for the winter.  Early to mid-September is a great time to see warblers and songbirds.  Raptors, hawks and buteos are the next to pass through.

Dates:  September 7, 12, 22 and 27
8 a.m. (2 – 3 hours each walk) 2 -3 miles moderate hilly terrain.
Dress for the weather.  Rain cancels.  Bring binoculars, camera and a sense of adventure! 

Registration required for all programs.  Click here to register for the walk(s) you plan to attend.
Free for members,  $5 for non-members. 

 

September Fall Foliage and Fly-Over Hike

September 23 at 9 a.m.
Join us at Deer Pond Farm to take in the colors of the forest of the northern Fairfield County’s hills.  “Things are looking up” as we search for migrating birds and learn about the changing colors of the deciduous trees of our newest sanctuary.

 Plan on 2 – 3 hours.  This is a 2 -3 miles moderate hilly terrain hike.
Dress for the weather.  Rain cancels.  Bring binoculars, camera and a sense of adventure! 

Registration required for all programs.  Click here to register online.  Free for members,  $5 for non-members. 

October morning migration walks with Miley Bull and Cathy Hagadorn.

October is a great time to appreciate foliage and feathers.  Join us at Deer Pond as we explore the trails in search of late songbirds heading south.  Sparrows and Thrushes will also be on the move. 

Dates:  October 3, 12, 17, 25, 31
8 a.m. (2 – 3 hours each walk) 2 -3 miles moderate hilly terrain.
Dress for the weather.  Rain cancels.  Bring binoculars, camera and a sense of adventure! 

Registration required for all programs.  Click here to register for the walk(s) you plan to attend.
Free for members,  $5 for non-members. 

October Evening Bird Walk

Thursday, October 5 at 6 p.m.
We will hike on the sanctuary trails looking for birds as we keep an eye to the sky for nighttime travelers.  The hike is 2 -3 miles of moderate hilly terrain.  Please dress for the weather.  Bring binoculars, bug spray and a flashlight.  Reservations are required for all Deer Pond Farm activities.  To register online click here.  Free for members and $5 for non-members.  Rain cancels.

October Fall Foliage and Fly-Over Hike

Saturday, October 7 at 9 a.m.
Join us at Deer Pond Farm to take in the colors of the forest of the northern Fairfield County’s hills.  “Things are looking up” as we search for migrating birds and learn about the changing colors of the deciduous trees of our newest sanctuary.

Plan on 2 – 3 hours.  This is a 2 -3 miles moderate hilly terrain hike.
Dress for the weather.  Rain cancels.  Bring binoculars, camera and a sense of adventure! 

Registration required for all programs.  Click here to register online.  Free for members,  $5 for non-members. 


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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