2017 Field Trips

All CBA field trips are free and open to the public. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Additions and changes to the schedule will appear on the CTLEPS-L list and our Facebook page. (Instructions for joining CTLEPS-L can be found here: http://mailman.yale.edu/mailman/listinfo/ctleps-l.) Cancellations, particularly due to inclement weather, will be posted in these locations whenever possible. If in doubt, you are encouraged to contact the trip leader.

Saturday May 6, 10 AM (rain date May 7)
West Rock Park, New Haven
Leader: Larry Gall 203-432-9892

Look for early butterflies such as Falcate Orangetip, Brown Elfin, and Juniper Hairstreak. Most of the walking is relatively easy up an old roadway but there may be some trail hiking, which is generally flat but rocky. If a rain date is necessary, it will be posted at 203-432-9892.    Directions: Take Rte 15 (Merritt Pkwy) to Interchange 59 (Rtes 63/69) exits). Go southeast on Rte 63 toward New Haven. Make left on Blake St., go quarter mile and make left on Farnam Ave. At end of Farnam, make left on Wintergreen. Pass cemetery on right, angle left on Wintergreen, come to stop sign and make right on Springside. Go to next stop sign; make left back onto Brookside (Wintergreen). Entrance to park will be on left, parking lot will be on right just before passing under Merritt Pkwy bridge.  If the lots are closed or full, park on Carbonella Drive, just beyond the Merritt Pkwy bridge.

Saturday May 20, 10 AM
Mansfield Hollow Dam, Windham
Leader: Lenny Brown 203-949-9024

The pine barrens and open areas north of Windham Airport are home to a number of species of butterflies not often seen in the state, including three species of elfins, Cherry Gall Azure, Sleepy Duskywing, and Cobweb Skipper.
Directions: Meet at the commuter lot at the southeast corner of Windham Airport on the north side of Route 6. Lot is approximately 0.7 miles west of the junction of Route 6 and Route 203. From there, we will walk along the top of the dike to the open areas north of the airport.

Saturday June 17, 10 AM
Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford
Leader: Roy Zartarian 860-667-9571 rzartarian@snet.net

This trip is co-sponsored by the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation. Cedar Hill Cemetery is an American rural cemetery lying in Hartford, Wethersfield and Newington. It encompasses 270 acres of landscaped woodlands, waterways and memorial grounds along with undeveloped grasslands. Approximately twenty species have been seen there, and with a half dozen Hackberry trees on the property, the walk may provide sightings of the Hackberry Emperor. Attire suited for walking through wet grass is recommended. Directions: From south of Hartford: Take the Berlin Turnpike (Rte 15) north through Wethersfield. In Wethersfield, take the left exit for Rte 314, Maple Ave. Continue straight on the Berlin Tpke approx. 1.5 mi. to Maple Ave. (do not turn onto Jordan Lane).Take slight left onto Fairfield Ave. Cemetery entrance is on the left. From north of Hartford: Take I-91 S to Airport Rd., Exit 27, toward Brainard Rd/Brainard Airport. Turn right onto Airport Rd. Airport Rd becomes Brown St. At Maple Ave. (CVS Pharmacy on left) turn left. Continue on Maple Ave. approx. 1.2 mi. and entrance to cemetery is on the right. From other locations, obtain GPS, Mapquest, or Google Maps info for 453 Fairfield Ave, Hartford, CT.

Saturday July 1, 10 AM
Walden Preserve, Salem
Leader. Rich Chyinski 860-859-1326

The milkweed and many other wildflowers will be in full bloom, providing easy viewing of a wide variety of butterflies, including many species of Hairstreaks, Swallowtails, including the Pipevine, and many Skippers. Milbert’s Tortoiseshells, Harvesters and Northern Pearly Eyes have been seen in the meadows and surrounding woodlands. Walden provides easy walking on mowed trails through wild flower meadows, which are in close proximity to the parking area.
Directions: Take I-395 to exit 77 (Rte 85) and go north or west toward Salem. Follow Rt.85 to Salem 4 Corners (Rte 82 and Rte 85). Follow Rte 85 north 1/2 mile, turn left onto Hagen Rd. Parking area 200 ft on the right.

Saturday July 8, 10 AM – Noonish
Bent-of -the-River, Southbury
Leader: John Himmelman 860-663-3225

This trip is always one of our most popular! The variety of habitats always produces an amazing assortment of species! BOTR is included in the CT Butterfly Atlas as one of the best butterflying spots in the State. Not to be missed.
Directions: Take I-84 West, make right off exit 14 ramp. Straight thru light onto 172 N. Go 1 mile (S. Britain), and turn left onto East Flat Hill Rd. (between general store and church). Once you come to river on left, the drive for BOTR will be on your left (#185). Park in first lot on right. (84E, left off exit 14 ramp, under highway, straight onto 172N).

Saturday July 15, 10 AM
John Flaherty Field Trial Area, East Windsor
Leader: Lenny Brown 203-949-9024

An overlooked hotspot for butterflies! Over 25 species are possible including the rare Horace’s Duskywing. An excellent trip! Wear sturdy walking shoes, bring water and sunscreen.
Directions: From I-91 take exit 44, go south on Rte 5 for 1.1 miles, make left on Tromley Rd. Go 0.7 miles to entrance on left.

Saturday July 22, 10 AM – noon
Lake Gaillard
Leader: Tom Kelly, 203-430-3180

This is a walk at the main reservoir for the Regional Water Authority.  It is a first time trip to a site not normally open to the public! This very scenic property includes fields and Christmas tree plantations.  Expect to see lots of Great Spangled Fritillaries, as well as many other species.  Directions:  Access is from North St. in North Branford.

Saturday July 29, 10 AM
Bauer Park, Madison
Maryann Nazarchyk 860-739-8668

Bauer Farm was established by the Bauer family 100 years ago. In 1990, the 64.5-acre property was donated to the town of Madison. It includes ponds, meadows, woodlands, and rock outcroppings, as well as a nature center offering educational programs, community gardens, and trails.
Directions: from I-95, exit 61, head north approximately .1 mile on Route 79. Take a left onto Hunter’s Trail. Proceed to the end (less than one mile) and turn right onto Copse Road. The center, with parking, is immediately on the left. Meet in the parking area.

Saturday August 5, 10 AM
Viney Hill Brook Park/Preserve, Essex
Leader: Diane Adams, 860-508-8869

Viney Hill Brook Park was purchased by the Town of Essex in 2001 for both passive and active recreation.  The park totals 104 acres, including three basic habitats: areas of young vegetation, upland woods, and wetlands.  There have been studies of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, mammals, and birds, but insects are not mentioned in their brochure.  This is an exploratory trip to check out their wildflower meadow, as well as power lines accessible from the existing trails. (There is also a swimming area at one pond, as well as a picnic area, if you are interested in spending more time here.)
Directions: Route 154 in Essex (Route 9, exit 3) to Gates Road to Cedar Grove Terrace. Limited parking is available at the end of Cedar Grove Terrace—more parking at the entrance to the Active Recreation area at the end of Hillside Drive. Our numbers may determine our starting point—please call if you plan to attend.

Saturday, August 12, 10 AM
Stewart B. McKinney NWR, Westbrook
Leader: Tom Kelly, 203-430-3180

Our second trip to this salt meadow and its access trails, where we’ll continue the census of butterfly species. The area is designated an Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society.
Address for GPS directions: 733 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook, CT

Saturday August 19, 10 AM
Jared Eliot Preserve, a Guilford Land Trust Property and Chaffinch Island Park, Guilford
Leader: Lenny Brown 203-949-9024

These locations promise to produce a variety of species. We hope to find Hackberry Emperor, American Snout, and southern species that may be moving through the area at this time of year. Be prepared to walk through an uncut meadow (possibly wet) and protect yourself from mosquitoes. Wear long pants as there are a lot of brambles in the preserve.
Directions: From I-95 take exit 58 and travel south on Rte 77. Follow Rte 77 to Rte 146 and go west on Rte 146. After approx. 1-2 miles turn left on Mulberry Point Rd. Meet at the intersection of Mulberry Point Rd. and Mulberry Farms Rd.

Saturday August 26,  10 AM
Osbornedale State Park, Derby
Leader: Peter DeGennaro 203-598-8577

We will explore Osbornedale’s meadows for late season swallowtails, hairstreaks, skippers, and other butterflies. With the Housatonic River bringing in butterflies from the coast, the park can become a great inland trap for vagrants. The hackberry trees in the park could produce American Snout and both emperors, and the estate’s buddleias enter full bloom this time of year. Easy, mowed walking trails but bring water and sunscreen.
Directions: from Route 8 take exit 15, at end of ramp, turn left onto Main St. (Rte. 34). Continue West on Rte. 34 for about 1.5 miles. Then take a right onto Lakeview Terrace (there is a road sign for Kellogg Center/Osbornedale State Park at the corner).  Continue to stop sign at the end of the road; turn left at stop sign and immediately another left into parking lot. Meet in parking lot.


Monarch tagging will be determined by the status of Monarchs in CT this year.  Stay tuned for info about tagging and about Migration Fest!