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Cat Wars: a talk by author Peter Marra, May 24 at Trinity College

Join us for a talk by Peter Marra, co-author of Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., at Trinity College’s McCook Auditorium, Hartford.

Published by Princeton University Press, Cat Wars tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. In his lecture, Marra will trace the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases.

He will chart the developments that have led to our present impasse – from breakthrough studies on cat predation to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It will describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change.

Tickets are $5 for members of the Connecticut Audubon Society, or $10 for non-members.

Buy tickets here.

Marra directs the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. A former staff member of the Connecticut Audubon Society, he gave the keynote address at the organization’s 2014 annual meeting, at the Peabody Museum in New Haven.

He earned his B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1998, and has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1999. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers published in journals such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Conservation Biology. He co-edited the frequently cited book Birds of Two Worlds.

Pete started Neighborhood Nestwatch and The Migratory Connectivity Project and is co-founder of Tree House Concerts.  He is an avid fisherman, passionate cook and father of two.

Marra’s talk will be the second in our spring series, called “Conservation Lectures: Defending the Earth, its People, and its Wildlife.” In March, Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge xxxx, delivered the first lecture to a sold out auditorium at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Major support for the lectures is generously provided by Lawrence J. Lunden, a former member of Connecticut Audubon’s state Board of Directors.

The event is part of a Connecticut Audubon’s spring campaign to call attention to the risks Connecticut’s birds and other wildlife will face if the U.S. Endangered Species Act is gutted, as many members of Congress have threatened.

The Endangered Species Act protects locally-nesting birds such as the endangered Roseate Tern and the threatened Piping Plover. Changes to the Act could roll back the recovery of birds such as the Bald Eagle and Osprey, which escaped extinction largely because of protections provided by the Endangered Species Act.

Osprey Cam

The Ospreys are back at the Milford Point Coastal Center and you can watch them 24 hours a day no matter what the weather.


Nest-building started late in the day on April 4 and resumed on April 5.

Ospreys were driven to the edge of extinction in the 1960s and early 1970s because of the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. They were listed as endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act. After DDT was banned, the Osprey population began to thrive.

The Connecticut Audubon Society began its Osprey Nation stewardship program in 2014 to collect data on Ospreys that nest in our state. With more than 200 volunteers, it has grown to become one of the largest citizen science projects in New England.

View the Osprey Cam here to enlarge the screen and use the comments section to tell us what you see.


Register for our 2017 Summer Camp!

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14! We have day camps in Fairfield, at Milford Point, in Glastonbury, and in Pomfret.

Use these links to register now:
Center at Fairfield

Milford Point Coastal Center

Center at Glastonbury

Center at Pomfret

Click here for more information!





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