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The Hartford Audubon Society

P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut

Or e-mail us at: hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com



Maggie Peretto, President

Sarah Faulkner, Vice-President

David Funke, Secretary

Roberta Gowing, Treasurer

Board Members:
Annette Pasek
Richard Huck
Doug Beach
Tom Robben

Sara Zagorski, Ex Officio (Past) President


       HAS Committee Information 

Field Trips
Ernie Harris -

Suzanne Davis - stevesuedavis@comcast.net

Sara Zagorski - penguinsz@sbcglobal.net

Program Book
Fred Nowak - frednowak@comcast.net

Wildlife Series
Fran D’Amico - frandamico525@yahoo.com

Crest Newsletter
Darlene Moore - djmoore67@gmail.com

Mona Cavallero -

Facebook Page
Brian Kleinman -

Jane Ricci -

Financial Reports/Auditor
Fred Nowak - frednowak@comcast.net

Fred Nowak - frednowak@comcast.net

Sanctuaries Stewardship
Sara Zagorski, Sarah Faulkner plus
Lewis Farm Bob Winter, Manager
Greenstone Hollow Larry Lunden, Manager
Station 43 Paul Cianfaglione, Manager

Christmas Count:  Steve Davis & Jay Kaplan

Spring Census:  Jamie Meyers  - sunnyctredbird@gmail.com
Summer Bird Count: Jay Kaplan -


Mini-Grant Application Information:

The Hartford Audubon Society is offering an annual Mini-Grant program to encourage Citizen Science projects by individuals or groups in the state of Connecticut, and especially in Hartford County, which will benefit birds and bird conservation. The total amount to be funded is $2000.00, and requests for grants can be any amount but not exceeding the $2000.00 limit. Applications need to be in by January 31st to be funded for that calendar year.


To download the guidelines, please click here.


To download an application form, please click here.



Hartford Big January of Birding Results!
Posted March 14, 2017

For most Connecticut residents, January is a cold, blustery time to stay indoors, curl up in a warm spot, and await better weather.  But for Connecticut’s bird watching community, January offers the opportunity to seek out our winter bird species.  This year the Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) offered its first “Big January” birding challenge: to identify as many species of wild birds in Hartford County as possible.  The idea arose from the CT Ornithological longtime Connecticut January birding challenge, but was made local to just Hartford county. 

HAS was pleased with the participation in this first year of the challenge.  As birder John Weeks wrote “Big January was a brilliant idea:  it gave us all a good reason to get out there and find birds in the coldest time of the year, and linking it to eBird undoubtedly kick-started more interest in using this valuable tool of citizen science.” 

As an organization, we witnessed wonderful sharing of species sightings – from the white-fronted goose in East Hartford, to the red-breasted nuthatch and immature goshawk at Cedar Hill Cemetery, to the Iceland gull in Hartford, postings helped many birders see and enjoy a variety of rarities. As John Weeks put it, “My wife Chris and I consider that we've already won -- just by participating and finding out about many birding hotspots in the Greater Hartford area that we didn't even know existed.  Besides, we benefited greatly from the advice and postings of many other Hartford-area birders, and more than a few of the hard-to-get birds we found were as much "theirs" as "ours".”


HAS offered prizes in different age categories as well as a special challenge for school groups.  Because this was our first year offering the challenge, we took an educated guess at what would be challenging but achievable species counts for Hartford.  In retrospect, we may have set the bars too high!  Early in the month one experienced birder commented “even getting to 50 could be a challenge!  I figure this is our opportunity to find out where the folks in Glastonbury hide all the birds."  At the end of the month, HAS President Sara Zagorski noted “I was only in the 50's, very hard to get to 75.  But it was fun to concentrate on local areas”.  And our Vice President, Maggie Peretto said “It was a great effort to get to 72”.  

With the final counts in, HAS is delighted to announce the winners from this first year’s challenge. We had submissions in all the age brackets, with ties in the teen and adult groups.  Special congratulations go to the Lawton family, whose children won in the youth and teen categories.  Their father and Board member David Lawton commented “Big January was great for motivating my kids to bird, not only for January... but for the entire year.”  Which was, of course, the goal!

Youth, Ages 2-10 (25 needed):

Sebastian Lawton, age 7, 35 species

Teens, Age 11 -17 (40 needed)

Matthew Lawton, Age 11, 47 Species

Isabelle Lawton, Age 13, 47 species

Adults, Age 18 -?  (75 needed)

Bill Asteraides, 75 species

John and Chris Weeks, 75 species

Honorable Mention: Maggie Peretto, 72 species


Congratulations to everyone who entered and received awards and certificates!




















Gardenscaping for Birds - information:

Michael Corcoran’s Presentation

“Native Plants for our Native Birds” - Plant and Bird List

Eastern Red Cedar - juniperus virginiana Yellow-rumped warbler
Flowering Dogwood – cornus florida Baltimore Oriole
Swainson's Thrush
Scarlet Tanager

Shadblow Serviceberry – amelanchier canadensis Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Silky Dogwood – cornus amomum Gray Catbird
Gray Dogwood – cornus racemosa Eastern Kingbird
Red Chokeberry – aronia arbutiolia Brown Thrasher
American Cranberrybush Vibiurnum – viburnum trilobum Cedar Waxwing
Northern Arrowwood – viburnum dentatum Blue-headed vireo
Witherod Viburnum – viburnum cassinoides Veery
Highbush Blueberry – vaccinum corymbosum Eastern Bluebird
Lowbush Blueberry – vaccinium angustifium Eastern Towhee
Elderberry – sambucus canadensis Northern Cardinal
American Holly – ilex opaca Hermit Thrush
Winterberry – ilex verticillata American Robin

 Recommended Reading

“Bringing Nature Home” - How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants – Douglas W. Tallamy

“The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds” – Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small – Stephen W. Kress

“Native Plants of the Northeast” – A Guide for Gardening & Conservation – Donald J. Leopold

“Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants” – Brooklyn Botanic Garden

“Native Shrubs for Landscaping” – Connecticut College Arboretum

 Web Resources

USDA Plant Database - http://plants.usda.gov/

UConn Plant Database - http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/

Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group - http://www.hort.uconn.edu/cipwg/publications.html

Connecticut Botanical Society – http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/

Connecticut Audubon Society’s 2011 State of the Birds: “Conserving Our Forest Birds” http://www.ctaudubon.org/SOTB/documents/SOTB2011.pdf

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online Bird Guide - http://www.allaboutbirds.org




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