Deer Pond Farm hosting September programs

SHERMAN — Deer Pond Farm is hosting the following programs for the month of September:

 First Friday Hike

Sept. 3, 9-11 a.m. No Fee

Fresh air, exercise and good company. Different trails explored each month. Pace adjusted to participants.

 Birding: Hawk Watch with story time

Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m.

Throughout the fall and early winter, birds of prey are on the move. Hawks, eagles, vultures and falcons will be flying Southbound overhead, moving to their wintering grounds.

Join Stefan Martin, habitat steward as we look to the sky to identify and learn about these birds as they pass over Deer Pond Farm. A story time and craft will be presented for children too.

 Fall Migration Bird Walk

Sept. 23, 9-11 a.m.

Fall migration is upon us. Many birds are moving from their breeding range to their wintering range. Join Miley Bull, senior director of science and conservation at Deer Pond Farm to learn which birds migrate, why and the factors that affect them.

 Beginning birding walk

Sept. 26, 1-3 a.m.

Are you new to birding? Would you like help with binocular use and bird identification? In this program led by Deirdra Wallin, center manager, field guides, apps and tips will be shared. This includes information on using bird size and shape, color, behavior and habitat to help with identification.

 Trees Along The Trail Walk

Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to Noon

Would you like to learn to identify native trees and shrubs? And understand their wildlife value? Join us for this 1.5 mile walk which will focus on some of the 50-plus native trees and shrubs found at Deer Pond Farm.

 Conservation Walk: Healthy Habitats

Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Did you know that there are 97 plant species that are officially designated as “invasive” in Connecticut? What is an invasive plant anyway, why should you care, and what can you do about them? What plants can you add to your landscape to support healthy habitats for wildlife? Conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni will lead a gentle walk and discussion to answer these questions and more while identifying invasive and native plant species along the way.

All on site programs:

Held outside

Registration required: ctaudubon.org.

$10 adult members, Free child member $15 adult non-members $5 child non-member. No fee when noted. Children under 18 must be with an adult.

Inclement weather cancels.

Bring binoculars, camera, water, and walking stick.

Trails are open to the public dawn to dusk daily. There is limited cell service on trails.

Special note: Please adhere to current COVID-19 protocols. Keep six feet from others and bring a mask. Visitor parking and guided programs at:

57 Wakeman Hill Road, Sherman, CT 06784, 860-799-4074.