Deer Pond Farm in Sherman plans July walks

A gyrfalcon in flight at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Deer Pond Farm.

A gyrfalcon in flight at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Deer Pond Farm.

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SHERMAN — Following are July events planned at Connecticut Audubon’s Deer Pond Farm at 57 Wakeman Hill Road. For more information, call 860-799-4074 or visit

 First Friday Hike, July 2, 9 to 11 a.m., no fee. Different trails explored each month, pace adjusted to participants.

 Bird Walk, July 10, 8 to 10 a.m. Documenting nesting bird species and exploring the various habitats observing, learning and collecting data.

 Birds & More Ecology Walk, July 24, 9 to 11 a.m. There is still a lot of wildlife activity to observe in the forests, ponds, and meadows. This gentle walk will include stops to observe and learn more about the inhabitants.

 Beginning Birding Walk, July 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are offered help with binocular use, bird identification, field guides, and apps, and are given tips including bird size and shape, color, behavior and habitat.

 Citizen Science Monarch Project, July 10, 11 to noon, no fee. The program will begin by discussing the mission and methodology of the project, and then practice making observations of monarchs throughout the property. Participants will also learn about plants that support monarchs. Attendees are asked to bring a pencil and notebook.

 Butterfly Walk, July 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Over 40 butterfly species have been identified at Deer Pond Farm, a certified Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch. Identification tips as well as habitat needs, including host and nectar plants, will be shared.

Visitors are asked to adhere to current COVID-19 protocols. The property is open to the public from dawn to dusk daily. There is limited cell service.