Milan Bull, The Connecticut Audubon Society’s senior director of science and conservation, and Cathy Hagadorn, program director, will lead early-morning guided bird walks this summer at Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, Conn. This is a great opportunity to view Connecticut Audubon’s new birding hotspot, recently received as a generous bequest from the estate of Kathryn D. Wriston. At this time, the Sanctuary can only be viewed by the public when accompanied by Audubon staff.
Deer Pond Farm Sanctuary is a prime birding area. It sits in the highlands along the Connecticut and New York border with 20 miles of trails through 835-acres of rugged hardwood forest, meadows and wetlands. About 100 species of birds have been reported on or near the property during breeding season. The walk will include birding by ear as well as an overview of Deer Pond Farm and its importance as an ecologically diverse conservation property.
The walks start at 8 a.m. on July 12, 18, 21 and 26, and are approximately two hours long with two miles of moderate elevation change. All levels of birders are welcome. Be sure to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather; walks are cancelled in the event of rain.
Walks are free for CAS members and $5 for nonmembers; groups are limited to 15 and reservations are required for each one. To register, visit: www.ctaudubon.org/summerbirding, or call 860-799-4074, x105.
Deer Pond Farm is located at 57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, Conn. Walkers will meet in the parking area near the flagpole and birdfeeders. Learn more about the Deer Pond Farm sanctuary at www.ctaudubon.org/deer-pond-farm.