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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS –  Winter 2018


Owl Prowl: An Exploration in Nature
Saturday, December 8th, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street)

Layer up and learn your hoots on a nighttime adventure searching for owls with Steep Rock Association (SRA). Now is the time to discover the mystery behind these nocturnal birds of prey by blending into the night and emitting whinnies, whines, toots, and guttural hoots in hope of receiving a reply.

After a brief discussion on species expected to live in the area, we will prowl through the variety of habitats composing this preserve. If no owls are detected, we will caravan to another one of SRA’s preserves before calling it a night.

For the best experience, wear warm, quiet clothing and bring a flashlight or headlamp. All ages are welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult. This program will be postponed to the same time on Sunday, December 9th if wet weather and/or heavy winds are forecasted.

Registration is helpful, but not required and donations are gratefully accepted. Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

PROGRAM LEADERS: Rory Larson, SRA’s Conservation and Program Leader, will be leading the way with past experience researching several wildlife and fish species throughout the country including spotted owls in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

 


Christmas Bird Count: A Citizen Science Project
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

Summon the scientist within to help Steep Rock Association (SRA) collect data on birds inhabiting the Litchfield Hills. Your eyes, ears, and enthusiasm are requested for a birding excursion in Macricostas Preserve as part of the nation’s longest-running community science bird project, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

The CBC was created to document trends in North American bird populations over time. This project, as with so many other wildlife studies, relies on public input and exemplifies the value of citizen science: a method where non-professionals perform meaningful science. We welcome all degrees of expertise from seasoned ornithologists to first-time birders. Traversing a boardwalk through meadow, stalking around forest/field edge, and scanning Meeker Swamp will surely turn up an array of species and be a great opportunity to build birding skills in a group setting.

Our effort will begin at SRA’s Macricostas Preserve main parking lot (124 Christian Street, New Preston, CT) and proceed over level terrain. Please bring warm clothing, hiking shoes, and a pair of binoculars if available. All ages are welcome; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is helpful, but not required and donations are gratefully accepted. Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

PROGRAM LEADERS: Rory Larson (SRA’s Conservation and Program Leader) works to improve bird habitat and manages several bird-focused citizen scientist projects in Washington.

 


Winter Critter: Family Workshop

Stay tuned for more details!