Connecticut State of the Birds Report
Connecticut Audubon Society is an independent science-based conservation organization focused on Connecticut’s native birds and habitats. In keeping with our mission and beginning in 2006, the Society has released an annual “Connecticut State of the Birds” report. This remains a first-of-its-kind report for Connecticut, each year highlighting different conservation challenges and including Connecticut Audubon Society’s recommendations to address them.
You can download copies of all Connecticut State of the Birds reports through these links:
2014 Connecticut State of the Birds: Connecticut’s Diverse Landscape: Managing Our Habitats for Wildlife
The initial report, “Connecticut State of the Birds 2006,” focused on the single major threat to our native birds: habitat loss. As a result, an estimated 50% of Connecticut’s native bird species are declining, and 17% are on the State’s “Endangered,” “Threatened” or “Species of Special Concern” list. That is: 50 out of 290 regularly or annually occurring bird species in Connecticut are State-listed. Our 2006 report also contains our five specific, science-based recommendations for mitigating these threats and protecting Connecticut’s birds and habitats. In cooperation with the State and other conservation organizations, Connecticut Audubon Society has followed through on all five recommendations, and we are pleased to see that bird conservation in Connecticut is moving forward.
For our “Connecticut State of the Birds 2007” Report, another group of independent experts described the next most serious set of threats to our native birds. These are specific factors, either man-made or within our control, that kill or injure millions of birds annually and destroy precious habitat. Just one of these, glass strikes, conservatively kills an estimated 100 million birds every year in the U.S. — and some experts say as many as 1 billion!
The “Connecticut State of the Birds 2008” Report describes possible conservation strategies for six bird species that are in serious trouble — and for which their Connecticut habitat is critical to their global survival — to illustrate how complex the problems and solutions are related to habitat protection and bird conservation. These include Saltmarsh (Sharp-tailed) Sparrow, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, American Oystercatcher, Cerulean Warbler, and Bobolink. The report shows that there are no simple “one-size-fits-all” conservation solutions. The next, difficult steps are to design, fund and implement action plans that address the problems we’ve identified, including changing human behavior, which is probably the most difficult challenge of all.
We released our 2012 report, “Where Is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?” at a news conference in February 2012. Based on its findings, we increased our concentration on creating more outdoor educational opportunities with more partners for more children.
The goal is to help create a deeper, long-term commitment to conservation, as well as contribute to the health and academic success of our state’s children. Details are here.
Connecticut State of the Birds – “The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores”– looks into the dramatic population decline of 17 birds that nest in Connecticut and eat only insects they catch on the wing. Details can be found here.