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August bird news & video

August 3, 2017 – Do birds go through empty nest syndrome? If so, they’re experiencing it now.

Ospreys, for example. As of this week, 138 baby Ospreys had fledged, from 378 active nests in Connecticut. And 426 young birds were still in their nests, so the number of fledglings will definitely rise.

Genevieve Nuttall, our Osprey Nation coordinator, is still collecting data from the program’s 274 volunteer stewards, and will be writing an annual report. Until then you can find the latest information on our interactive map.

The Purple Martins at our Milford Point Coastal Center have left their nests as well but they’re still congregating at the colony. Melina Giantomidis, our summer coastal ranger, said this week that the colony produced at least 114 baby martins.

We helped the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection band 107 of the young martins. Our summer videographer, Christina O’Neill, produced this 3-minute video of the process.

As you’ll see at the end, these birds were considered threatened in Connecticut, but that status has recently changed.

Shorebird migration is underway at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, where there were six Piping Plover nests (as well as three on adjacent beaches) this season.

Helena Ives, who is working for us this summer monitoring birds for the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, told us yesterday that so many birds are gathering now that it’s difficult identify pairs and individuals that have been there for the entire nesting season.

She added, “There have a lot of migrational American Oystercatchers and Common Terns; at times upwards of 70 individuals of both species have been seen between the spit and offshore sandbars.”

(The Audubon Alliance helps protect nesting coastal birds all along Connecticut’s shorefront, and will be reporting its annual results in several months. We have some background information here.)

We invite you to grab your scope and binoculars and visit the Coastal Center. We even have binoculars for you to use if you don’t have a pair (although you’ll have to leave your driver’s license at the front desk). The Coastal Center is at 1 Milford Point Road, Milford.

You can also watch this video about the Coastal Center, which aired recently on Crossroads Magazine, a production of the Archdiocese of Hartford. It features Milan Bull, our senior director of science and conservation.

The segment on the Coastal Center starts at the 5:43 mark.

 

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Swallow Cruises 2017!

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Deer Pond Farm: 835 Acres in Western Connecticut

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Plum Island Preservation Act Passes in the House

July 26, 2017 There was good news from Washington yesterday in the campaign to protect Plum Island. The House of […]

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Federal railroad decision is a victory for conservation in southeastern Connecticut

July 12, 2017  Statement on the decision by the FRA, from Claudia Weicker, chair of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger […]

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Patrick Comins, a Leader in Conservation for Two Decades, is Named Executive Director of Connecticut Audubon

Fairfield, CT, June 28, 2017 – The Connecticut Audubon Society has named Patrick Comins, a leading authority on the conservation […]

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Osprey Cam

The Ospreys are nesting at the Milford Point Coastal Center and you can watch them 24 hours a day no […]

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Purple Martin Cam

August 1. The martin colony at the Coastal Center is active but the young martins have left the gourd we […]

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Look for shrub-nesting birds in the newly-created habitat at the Morgan Chaney preserve

June 21, 2017 — We’re making good progress on several projects to create and improve habitat for birds and other […]

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Remember Hurricane Sandy? The damage it caused has led to nesting opportunities for shrubland birds

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Caution: Plovers, Terns & Oystercatchers Nest Here

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

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What to do with “Abandoned” or “Orphaned” Wildlife

This is the time of year when people want to help baby birds by bringing them to us. However the […]

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Events Near You

  • September 16, 2017 9:00 am - 11:00 am Fall Bird Walk Center at Fairfield
  • August 17, 2017 8:00 am - Trail Wood Bird Walks Center at Pomfret


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