Horned Lark

Bird Atlas Kickoff

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
90 Halls Road, Old Lyme
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.

The Connecticut Bird Atlas will help find where secretive birds such as Long-eared Owls nest and roost. Photo by Paul J. Fusco.

Join professor Chris Elphick at the Estuary Center to learn about this important conservation project.

The Connecticut Audubon Society and the state birding community will be called on to conduct surveys for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project starting in 2018. The project will focus on all birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut.

The scope of the atlas is to understand breeding bird distribution and abundance, to document the changes since the last atlas (1982-86), to understand wintering distribution of the birds in the state, to identify stopover habitat during migrations, to establish predictive relationships where species occur on the landscape and to use the results and data to create an interactive website.

Click here to register.

Chris Elphick is an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. He earned his PhD from the University of Nevada for work on the conservation benefits of managing California’s rice fields for wetland birds. His work focuses on the conservation ecology of birds, especially in wetland and agricultural settings. Recently, he has worked on the population dynamics and management of endangered waterbirds, and on the ecology and conservation of saltmarsh nesting birds. His work on Saltmarsh Sparrows earned a 2004 National Investigators Award by Partners in Flight. He was a co-editor of the Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior. 






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