Join us for our annual

Winter Bird Count!

Sunday, January 26th

Groups will be meeting at 5:00 & 7:30 am at the 
AF Headquarters, at 70 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk
(feel free to show up a little later and catch up or hang out near the office)

This is a family-friendly event: children, teenagers and young adults are welcome. No pets please. Be prepared for cold weather and icy conditions (ice grips for your boots will help a lot).

For those who want to brave it, come early for owling, starting at 5:00 am (call or email before 5 pm Friday) and we will drive to various locations.  In the past we have heard or seen Great Horns, Barreds, and Northern Saw-whets.

Otherwise, we will begin at 7:30 am, starting at the Headquarters (the office at the Egler House, 270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk) and then a brisk morning walk in the fields near the office and along the road (wear appropriate winter hiking attire). In the case of rain, wind or storm, the survey will be cancelled and rescheduled.

Later, we will move to Benedict Pond on North Colebrook Road, then on to our Beaver Pond (70 South Sandisfield Road, Norfolk) and finally to our Cottage in the woods at 210 South Sandisfield Road.

There are a number of birds we may see, such as red-breasted nuthatches, American tree sparrows, crossbills, pine and evening grosbeaks, and redpolls.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks will be available throughout the morning and you can warm up at the office.

We rely on our citizen-scientist volunteers to help us with this and other research projects. Thank you!

Please RSVP: text (prefered) or call John's cell phone (860) 248-1053 or email (

A Northwestern Regional Student-Organized 

"Kindness in Motion" Project

To benefit the Aton Forest Education Programs

Aton Forest Luncheon

Sunday, June 2, 2019 from12:30 - 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Church Bitterman Center, 2 Daisy Hill Road, Canaan CT

Learn about "The Secrets of Aton Forest"

3-Entree Buffet, Coffee, Tea and Dessert

Baked Chicken with Vegetables; Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken; Sausage, Peppers and Onions

$30 per person. Tickets sold in advance.

This fundraiser is organized by Ryan Carrigan, a sophomore at NW Region 7 High School, with the help of fellow students. Ryan has been a volunteer at Aton Forest for many years and you may have seen his picture in some of our emails over the years. This is his third year fundraising through the Kindness In Motion Program and we are grateful he chose Aton Forest to be the organization to support.

The money raised will support our education program and Ryan and others will develop a second self-guided trail for us. We plan on having students use the trial for nature study at a grand opening in the fall.

Please join us for this friendly and fun gathering!
And, sorry, there will be no wine or soda at this event.

We want to thank:
Northwest Regional School 7, its teachers and administrators for giving its students the opportunity to participant in the Kindness In Motion program;
Woodcreek Bar and Grill Restaurant in Norfolk for its donation and other contributions;
and, those who have bought tickets, and those could not attend but generously gave donations.

Owl Prowl & Wildlife Walk

Winter Weekend In Norfolk, Saturday, February 23rd
Meet at Aton Forest, 270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk, CT

Winter is a great time to see animals, or at least their signs. We will begin with an Owl Prowl at 4 am, starting at AF Hq (270 North Colebrook Rd, Norfolk). Then from 9 am to 12 pm we'll be looking for wildlife at Aton Forest (meet at AF Hq). We will track wild animals, observe birds, check porcupine dens and maybe walk out to see a beaver lodge if the ice is good. This is a kid-friendly program and part of Winter Weekend In NorfolkYou'll be amazed at what you discover by getting outdoors and following your curiosity! Wear wear clothes and boots, preferably with added ice grips or cleats (such as Yactrax). It will be cold with ice and snow along the roadsides and in the woods.
These are free events, but please RSVP. 
Phone: 860-248-1052

The Annual Aton Forest Winter Bird Count 
Tomorrow, December 29th
Join us for our between 4 am (for owling) and 11 am at AF Hq. We'll be posting observations on our Facebook and Instagram sites. Hopefully the northern birds, like evening grosbeaks and redpolls, will be around this winter.

Meet at AF Hq. 270 North Colebrook Road, Norfolk at 4 am or 7:30 am. We will carpool to various locations for owls and daytime birds.

We are helping with the CT Bird Atlas Project and the data we collect will be added to the Project. If you're interested in contributing observations please contact us:; 860-248-1053.

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa and donuts will be available.
Join us for a
to benefit Aton Forest
June 13, 2015
5pm - 10pm

the menu

Venison Salami & Deviled Eggs


Grilled Venison & Wild Turkey
Wild Rice & Mushrooms
Side Vegetable
w/Pinot Noir

Glazed Cake & Coffee

Whiskey Jack
old-time Americana string band

Raffle & Door Prizes

Aton Forest Headquarters
270 North Colebrook Rd. Norfolk, CT 06058
Limited Seating, please RSVP

Tickets: $70/person