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Greenstone Hollow:

This East Granby property is 38 acres in size. A development road runs through the preserve. It has shrubby fields, a dense shrub layer, red cedars and white pine, hardwood forest, cattail marsh, two small farm ponds, and a perennial stream with a shrubby shore. The preserve is in the 100 year flood zone and is crossed by the South Tributary of Austin Brook. This is an abandoned farm field in forest succession. Much of the interior is unknown due to the dense shrubs. It is surrounded by residential development and farm fields. Larry Lunden and Chris Fisher have been active in clearing trails and cleaning up the property over the last year and even leading bird walks to determine the bird species inhabiting this area. If you have any questions regarding this sanctuary, please contact Larry Lunden.

Greenstone Hollow Map

Lewis Farm:
Almost 90 acres of former farmland that has been reverting to woodland for four or five decades. Mostly wooded, traversed by a stream emerging from a wetland and with a small pond in another low area, it lies at about 150 ft elevation in central Suffield, CT. The entrance roadway is at 1035 Hill Street, about 2 miles north of Route 168. Watch for the sign beautifully restored by Sally Markey. (removed October 25 - to - April 30) Park on the east side of Hill Street, just off the roadway surface, and walk into the sanctuary. There is a trail map on a signboard where the entrance road opens into a grassy area with benches. We have a long-term forest management plan to guide our habitat improvement efforts. Insect repellant is recommended in summer.

Twice a year a Birding and Maintenance party is held to help the Sanctuaries Committee keep the property looking beautiful and clear of brush. Please see pictures taken at one of those events!

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Lovell

Station 43:

Update!   12/23/15:

The trail to the HAS platform at Station 43 had become very difficult to navigate, as parts of it were covered in water. The Board approved a plan drawn up by Anthony Zemba of Fitzgerald & Halliday to install culverts under the trail to stabilize it and keep it from being flooded over. Brian Toal, a past president of HAS, volunteered to coordinate the project. Local contractor Ed Palauskas of Ellington was hired to do the work, which was completed during the first week of December. He did a great job, and he and Brian will revisit the site again in the spring to evaluate if any other measures need to be taken. Come out and see the trail for yourself and enjoy the winter waterfowl in the marsh. Many thanks to Anthony, Brian and Ed for their hard work on this project.  See photos below of the improvements!

About 150 acres of shallow pond and marsh, bordered on the West by 400 acres of meadows and active farmland and on the East by 100 acres of wooded higher ground. Located below the 20 ft elevation contour in the Connecticut River flood plain in South Windsor, this is one of the most productive inland bird watching sites in Connecticut and is a Special Focus Area of the Silvio Conte NFWR. Ten Endangered, nine Threatened and nine Special Concern bird species have been reported here, among 229 total bird species.

Park either at the State boat launch at the foot of Vibert Road and walk north, or park along Main Street near the corner of Newberry Road (please donít block any mailboxes) and walk west along Newberry Road. Many areas are wet and muddy, especially in the Spring, so rubber boots are helpful.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Feldmann









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