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Connecticut Audubon Society Presents Annual “Dave Engelman” Volunteer Award to Phil Donahue

Connecticut Audubon President Alexander Brash, center, presents Phil Donahue with a Purple Martin carving, as Milan Bull, CAS senior director of science and conservation, looks on. Connecticut Audubon Society Photo by Claire Iwanowski.Connecticut Audubon Society presented television personality and film producer Phil Donahue, a former Westport, Ct., resident, with its annual volunteer award for his dedication to helping restore the state’s population of Purple Martins, a threatened species, at its 116th annual meeting, Thursday, October 2, in New Haven.

Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon’s senior director of science and conservation, credited the colonies on Donahue’s former waterfront property, and the website he established with streaming video of nesting martins, for inspiring a surge in interest in martins across the state.

When Connecticut Audubon Society first helped Donahue erect a martin colony, in 2002, there were only seven martin colonies in the state. But, Bull said, thanks largely to the publicity Donahue helped bring to the Purple Martins’ plight, individuals, non-profit organizations and government agencies have continued to put up nest boxes and gourds, and there are now approximately 40 Purple Martin colonies in Connecticut.

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This Year’s Big Sit Results in Big Numbers

The Big Sitters: From left, Jim Dugan, Nick Bonomo, Frank Gallo, Tom Murray, and Patrick Dugan. Photo by Keith Thomas.

Frank Gallo spent the day recently with five of his friends stationed on an observation platform at the Milford Point Coastal Center, where he is associate director, counting birds to raise money for the Center. Their efforts have brought in more than $2,000; you can help by making a tax deductible donation here. Here’s Frank’s […]

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Make Your 2015 Tree Swallow Cruise Reservations Now!

Our 2014 Tree Swallow cruises sold out fast, so we are beginning our 2015 reservations now! Guarantee a space for next year by reserving today! Simply click here to make your reservations online. Call our office at 860-767-0660 or email pwood@ctaudubon.org. Learn more about the Swallow Cruises on this page.

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Connecticut State of the Birds 2014: Habitat Change Threatens State Birds; Sound Conservation Management is Crucial to Recovery

Bobolinks are among the grassland birds that would benefit from better conservation management. Connecticut Audubon Society photo by Frank Gallo

July 2014 — Connecticut’s wide diversity of bird species is diminishing and is at risk of continued declines as habitats throughout the state suffer from neglect caused by a lack of conservation management. That’s the key finding of Connecticut Audubon Society’s annual Connecticut State of the Birds report, released today at a news conference in […]

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Two Roads Brewing Donates Shore 2 the Pour Proceeds to Support Conservation


Brad Hittle, left, chief executive of Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, presents a check for $4,000 to Kaylee Weil, director of our Milford Point Coastal Center, and Connecticut Audubon President Alexander Brash. Two Roads generously made Connecticut Audubon Society the beneficiary of its Shore 2 the Pour Road Race in Stratford, on August 24, in […]

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Osprey Nation

Osprey Nation is Connecticut Audubon Society’s new citizen science partnership, launched in the summer of 2014, to monitor the health of our state’s Ospreys. The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population. In its […]

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Fish at the Larsen Sanctuary

Since 2010 students from Housatonic Community College, along with their professor, Dr. Tony Pappantoniou, have been engaged in studying the fish species of the Larsen Sanctuary, at Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield. Dr. Pappantoniou recently sent us an account of their work….  

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