Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Go on a Nature Walk this fall @ Deer Pond Farm

There is nothing like a walk on a beautiful autumn day in Western Connecticut's Litchfield Hills or Fairfield County.  It is even more fun to discover a new place to walk, such as the Connecticut Audubon Society's recently opened Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, Connecticut.

Deer Pond Farm covers 835 acres and offers hikers a network of 20 miles of trails through a variety of habitat from rugged hardwood forests and meadows to wetland environments. A bonus that many trails offer is fabulous views of the surrounding landscape because trails are situated at elevations between 900 and 1200 feet.

The Connecticut Audubon has reported that about 100 species of birds have been spotted on or near the sanctuary including forest birds such as Broad-winged Hawk and Scarlet Tanager, marsh birds such as Virginia Rail and early seasonal birds like the American Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee and Chestnut-sided Warbler.

This fall, Deer Pond is offering several programs that will help visitors get the most out of their visit to this recreational haven. On October 16 and 18 for example, the expert and beginner bird watchers are invited to join staff for a guided bird walk in search of resident and migratory songbirds and hawks. Participants will explore diverse habitats that support a variety of birds that will be identified by sight and sound. This walk, that begins at 8 a.m. is about two hours long and will cover moderately heavy terrain.

On October 12 at 9 a.m. Deer Pond Farm has a family fun event beginning at 9 a.m. that will be an easy and very interactive walk where kids will be amazed to discover what is happening in the natural world that they live in. Highlights of this walk include time in the bird and pollinator garden, by the pond to learn about pond life in the autumn and a discussion about citizen science and how it impacts everyone. This program begins at 9 a.m. and will last about an hour and a half and cover easy terrain.

Deer Pond Farm is located on 57 Wakeman Hill Road in Sherman. All programs are free for members and $5 for non-members. The grounds of the sanctuary are open year-round, dawn to dusk. For more information click here to visit their website.

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