* * * Summer camp registration starts February 14! Stay tuned for details * * *

What’s New

We Oppose the Nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

The following letter was approved by the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Board of Directors and sent to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

December 16, 2016

The Honorable Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senate
706 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator,
The Connecticut Audubon Society opposes the nomination of Scott Pruitt as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We urge you, as our United States Senator, to oppose the nomination during hearings and to work to ensure that the EPA is led by a public servant who takes seriously the threat of climate change.

Founded in 1898, the Connecticut Audubon Society is the state’s original, independent Audubon, with more than 13,000 members statewide. Our mission, in a phrase, is to conserve the state’s birds and their habitats. Far and away the most consequential and imminent threat is climate change.

For the last 11 years, the organization has published an annual assessment called Connecticut State of the Birds, written by state and regional experts in ornithology and conservation, and edited by Connecticut Audubon.

The 2016 report, titled “Gains, Losses and the Prospect of Extinction,” released in November, came to the stunning conclusion that sea level rise caused by climate change will lead to the extinction of one Connecticut species, the Saltmarsh Sparrow, within just 50 years. Other species, such as Clapper Rail and Seaside Sparrow are at lesser but still significant risk as well.

While there are important climate change roles for conservation organizations, states, local governments, and business, it is essential that the United States government and the U.S. EPA in particular show strong leadership on the issue. It is simply unacceptable to have as an EPA administrator a man who believes that climate change science is unsettled and who has worked to overturn the U.S. government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Connecticut has long been a national leader in environmental causes and conservation. The current EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, the former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, has been exemplary in the role. The disparity between her philosophy and achievements, and those of Mr. Pruitt, are too great to let Mr. Pruitt’s nomination succeed.

Sincerely,

Peter Kunkel
Chairman of the Board

Fairfield Resident and Conservationist Joins Connecticut Audubon as Director of Fairfield and Milford Operations

Rick Boucher

For immediate release

Fairfield, January 19, 2017 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has named longtime Fairfield resident Rick Boucher to lead its two busiest centers, in Fairfield and Milford, as well as its historic Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield.

Boucher, an outdoorsman with a long career in packaging, takes over in Fairfield from Nelson North, who was named executive director of Connecticut Audubon last year. Boucher replaces Cathy Hagadorn at the Milford Point Coastal Center. Connecticut Audubon will be making an announcement about a new assignment for Hagadorn soon.

As director of Fairfield and Milford operations, Boucher will oversee a staff of approximately 10, in addition to seasonal camp and education workers, at the Center at Fairfield and the Milford Point Coastal Center. He will also be involved in plans for renovating and reopening Birdcraft Museum.

“Rick is well-known in the community, he has a hard-working staff of professionals to rely on, and he’ll be a wonderful ambassador to our members and visitors,” North said. “On top of that, he knows his birds and he has a long record as a conservationist. We couldn’t have made a better choice.”

Read the rest of the announcement here…

Summer Camp 2017

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

Stay tuned for more information!

 

Summer Camp 2017

Registration for our 2017 summer camps starts February 14! We have days camps in Fairfield, at Milford Point, in Glastonbury […]

>> read more >>

Visit Us at Shepaug Dam to Watch the Eagles this Winter

Another winter of Bald Eagle viewing is underway at the Shepaug Hydroelectric Station in Southbury, and the Connecticut Audubon Society […]

>> read more >>

We are hiring: Nature Center Director

The Connecticut Audubon Society seeks a full-time, senior-level manager for one of the organization’s centers, in western Connecticut. The Center […]

>> read more >>

Connecticut Audubon asks Bridgeport to prevent disturbance of Arthur Street Osprey nest

December 6, 2016 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has called on Bridgeport officials to halt the mowing of a small […]

>> read more >>

State of the Birds 2016 News Coverage

News media from around Connecticut covered the release of the Connecticut State of the Birds 2016 report, “Gains, Losses and […]

>> read more >>

State of the Birds 2016: Gains, Losses and the Prospect of Extinction

November 21, 2016 – Although a handful of species have done surprisingly well, many Connecticut birds are suffering slow, steady […]

>> read more >>

Sea-level-rise Scientist from Woods Hole Enthralls Local Adults and Students

October 28, 2016 – This fall the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center welcomed renowned sea-level researcher Robert Thieler to Old […]

>> read more >>

Reporting Back: Progress on Habitat Improvements at Our Sanctuaries

From the desk of Executive Director Nelson North … October 28, 2016 – I had the pleasure of walking the […]

>> read more >>

Annual Report 2016: A Celebration of Membership

Our 2016 Annual Report celebrates our members and volunteers, with almost two dozen interviews about their experiences with Connecticut’s birds […]

>> read more >>

Annual Report 2016: A Celebration of Membership

Our 2016 Annual Report celebrates our members and volunteers, with almost two dozen interviews about their experiences with Connecticut’s birds […]

>> read more >>

Events Near You

  • January 22, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Winter Family Fun! Coastal Center at Milford Point
  • February 19, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Winter Family Fun! Coastal Center at Milford Point
  • January 22, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wildlife Artist David Stumpo -- Closing Reception Center at Pomfret
  • January 24, 2017 12:15 pm - Toddler Trails and Tales Center at Pomfret


Press Releases

Click here to read news from Connecticut Audubon Society

CT Audubon Society Nature Q&A

Top of Page