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CT State of the Birds 2021: Recommendations
“Three Billion Birds Are Gone. How Do We Bring Them Back?”
The basis of the report is a study published in Science in September 2019. Written by 11 top ornithologists from the U.S. and Canada, it shows that over the last 50 years, North America has lost about 30% of its birds.
In other words, there are three billion fewer birds in North America today than there were in 1970.
Connecticut State of the Birds 2021 is a call to action for our state’s response to that crisis.
Here are the report’s recommendations
Congress should pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.2372).
This bill, introduced in Congress for each of the last several years, would direct some $1.3 billion of existing revenue annually to state-led wildlife conservation efforts, allowing states like Connecticut to fully implement their Congressionally mandated Wildlife Action Plans.
Connecticut would receive about $12.6 million annually from the fund—an almost 10-fold increase in what it spends on the plan now. It would be a game-changer for habitat protection in the priority climate stronghold areas.
Pick up the pace of land protection in Connecticut. The state has not come close to its official goal of protecting 21 percent of the land in Connecticut by 2023. Focus on areas identified as “climate strongholds” in the Natural Climate Solutions Report. With literally hundreds of conservation organizations, governments, and agencies able to work on this, Connecticut has the ability to make a big difference quickly.
Land acquisition remains the best way to protect habitat. Governor Lamont and the Connecticut General Assembly must restore, fully fund, and protect the Community Investment Act as a source of open space funding.
Similarly, we call on state officials to increase funding for the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, and the Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program and look for new and innovative ways to fund land conservation and stewardship.
To the U.S. Congress, pass the Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2021 (H.R. 4833) to replace the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
Analyze the Connecticut Bird Atlas results to prioritize areas for species of greatest conservation need. Work with partners to identify protection opportunities within those areas and strategies to protect and improve habitat utilizing a proactive approach to identify the most important places for each species of concern.
Equally essential are actions that individual residents can take to reduce the number of birds that die from well-known and preventable causes. Outdoor cats, for example, kill an estimated 1.3 billion to 4 billion birds in North America every year. Windows killed approximately 1 billion birds each year.
Keep cats indoors. Letting your voice be heard by decision makers. Work on preventing window strikes. Eliminate or reduce the use of pesticides on your property. Plant native.
A more extensive list of what you can do to help can be found at: ctaudubon.org/helpbirds.
What to do with “abandoned” or “orphaned” birds
Have you found an abandoned bird?
Birds and other wildlife that seem to be abandoned or orphaned at this time of year often are not actually abandoned orphaned.
The Connecticut DEEP has advice about what to do if you find a bird that you think is abandoned. There are several alternatives.
Click here to learn about them.
Please do not bring injured or orphaned animals to any Connecticut Audubon Society facility. Connecticut Audubon is not authorized to accept injured or abandoned animals.
But if it is obviously injured, it may need help. The CT DEEP has more information here about dealing with distressed wildlife.
Explore our centers and sanctuaries on your mobile device
Soar through our centers and sanctuaries with this free app, which highlights unique and interesting features at each stop. Take one of our tours while you’re onsite or plan ahead with detailed directions and maps to your nearest Connecticut Audubon location.
- Tours of our Centers and Sanctuaries
- Bird IDs with photos and descriptions
- Tips on how to create a native garden for birds and pollinators
- Interactive maps
For Android and other non-Apple devices, visit the web-based app. Software platform © Cuseum, Inc.
This App was made possible by Planet Fuel Charitable Fund.
Letter from the Executive Director About the Closing of the Center at Glastonbury
March 20, 2020
The Connecticut Audubon Society has made the difficult decision to close the Center at Glastonbury permanently starting July 1, 2020.
The Connecticut Audubon Society and its Greater Hartford Area program is committed to serving the people of the Capitol region through ongoing bird walks, nature hikes, school programs, virtual programming, and more.