Friday, January 6, 2012

Town of Stratford bird walks with CAS

Connecticut Audubon Society is a fixture in the town of Stratford, from our presence at Stratford Point, to the Boothe Park Hawk Watch, several bioblitzes, the Great Stratford Bird Festival, and all of our decades of survey work in the McKinney Refuge and other important areas of habitat in town. We are enhancing and expanding our relationship in 2012 with the town of Stratford, one of Connecticut's best birding and most critical bird municipalities, and you can expect more collaborative efforts throughout the year. One of these expansions is joint nature walks with the town's recreation department and our friend David Wright as I will be taking part in many scheduled for this winter, spring, and summer.

Come join Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, David Wright, for informative spring and summer discovery walks, "Exploring Natural Stratford - Forest to Shore". Walk Stratford's shore and trails and see them as you have never seen them before. Walks are free. Get in shape while enjoying the great outdoors. Advanced Registration is requested at the Recreation Department (203) 385-4052 or online at

Stratford, Natural-ly
Nature Walks & Hikes - Winter/Spring/Summer 2012
Walk Date Location Time
Winter Wonderland 1/15 Far Mill River 9-11
Inland Winter Forest Walk 1/29 James Farms Road Open Space 3-5
Birds, Beans & Burgundy 2/12 Shepaug Dam/Vineyard 9-1
Late Winter Marsh Walk 3/11 Great Meadows Marsh at Long Beach Blvd 3-5
Early Migrant Birding Beach Walk 3/25 Long Beach 8-11
Spring Wildflower/Earth Day Walk 4/8 Veterans' Park/James Dillon Park 3-5
Greenway Walk 4/22 Academy Hill/Birdseye Dock/Greenway 8-11
International Migratory Bird Walk 5/6 Roosevelt Forest 8-10
Pequonnock Valley State Park 5/20 Pequonnock Valley/Jones Vineyard 3-5
International Trails Day Walk 6/3 Short Beach to Stratford Point 8-10
Inland Town Park Walk 6/17 Wooster Park 3-5
Housatonic Bridge Walk 7/1 Sikorsky Bridge 8-10
Beginning Birding Walk 7/15 Town Hall/Union Cemetary 8-10
Mid-summer Shore Bird Walk 7/29 Long Beach 3-5
Summer Migrant Birding Marsh Walk 8/12 Great Meadows Marsh at Long Beach Blvd 8-10
Lower Housatonic River Walk 8/26 Dock Parking Lot/Bonds Dock 8-10

It will likely be a relatively (for January) warm and snow-free walk next Sunday. You would be able to expect woodland birds for the most part, with sightings of species you may see at your feeders, some wintering raptors, possibly an uncommon forest interior species like a Pileated Woodpecker or Brown Creeper, and hopefully an insectivore or two hanging around. You never know, it may be a good time to find an American Woodcock or even something more out of season like a Gray Catbird. I hope you will be able to join David and I at some point during the year, especially if one of the walks takes place at a spot you have yet to visit in this amazing town.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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