Connecticut Audbon Society
Center at Fairfield

Greater Hartford Area

Programs & Events in the Greater Hartford Area

Welcome to the Connecticut Audubon Society of the Greater Hartford Area. We are a “virtual center” centrally located and can run programs in Hartford and many surrounding locations. Our flexible educators offer programs that are either virtual (via Zoom or Google Meet) or in person, meeting you at your school, library, or nearby park or conservation property. We take full advantage of our unique location in central Connecticut, working to promote awareness of the Connecticut River ecosystem and the birds and habitats it supports, and to foster conservation through education and related activities.

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Migration Magic 2024!

Connecticut Audubon Society‘s Migration Magic 2024, a month-long celebration and festival of bird walks, programs, a friendly, competitive Birdathon and a photography contest with several entry categories, including for children. Activities  are designed with inclusivity and fun in mind for all levels of birders and lovers of nature. 

Bird migration is a mystery that humans have tried to unravel for centuries, adding to the magic surrounding it. The phenomenon remains one of nature’s great wonders. Migrating birds can cover thousands of miles roundtrip, often flying the same course each year with little deviation.  

In Connecticut, May signals birds returning from their winter homes to breed and fledge chicks. On some spring nights, a million birds fly over the state on their way to farther spring breeding destinations. 

Migration Magic 2024 provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to be a part of this magical experience. It also offers a great opportunity for organizations to engage employees,  clients and communities  while supporting environmental conservation and education through sponsorship. 

To find Migration Magic programs near you, click HERE

 

Summer 2024

Stay tuned to this site for dates and locations of community programs being held in the Summer of 2024.  Programs will be held throughout the Greater Hartford region.  To book a program for your own community group/camp/troop, etc, see our offerings listed below!

 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS:

We offer exciting and educational community programs for children and adults! These programs work very well as virtual programs, but can also be done in person at your location. Check out all of our Community and School Program offerings HERE

Contact Catie Resor, Education Program Manager at cresor@ctaudubon.org for more information or click on the program title to book your program online.

Birding 101- Adaptable to all ages

A good introduction to birds and birding. Learn about the variety of our local birds and how to go about identifying them. What equipment will you need? Where should you look? What resources can help you?

 

What’s going on with the Birds?-Suggested Ages: 12 to adult

Our birds face a variety of challenges from climate change to habitat loss. Learn about some of the stressors on our local birds. Explore some of the ways scientists study birds and the sorts of questions they attempt to answer with their research. Learn ways that you can get involved in collecting citizen science data that can be helpful to scientists worldwide.

Suggested Ages: 12 to adult

 

Landscaping for Birds–Suggested Ages: 12 to adult

Is your yard a good bird habitat? Learn about the needs of wild birds and how the landscaping choices you make affect bird populations.

 

Carbon Sinks and Sources- Adaptable to age 10 to adult

What’s your carbon footprint? Climate change can feel like a complicated issue, but mostly it just boils down to carbon. Gain a better understanding of the carbon cycle, our role in it, and what actions you can take that can have an impact on the balance of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.

Re-dedication of Hartford Urban Bird Treaty set for Friday, May 19, at Keney Park

May 12, 2023 — Join us at Keney Park in Hartford on Friday, May 19, for the official 2023 rededication of Hartford’s Urban Bird Treaty — a multi-organization plan to improve bird habitat in the city and offer more opportunities for city residents to learn about and enjoy birds.

The rededicated plan updates the original 2011 Hartford Urban Bird Treaty with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It will help neighborhoods learn from, collaborate with, and care for the benefits of nature in city parks and along stream corridors. 

The re-dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. at the Keney Park Pond House, 323 Edgewood Steet, Hartford.

Hartford Councilwoman Shirley Surgeon are scheduled to participate, along with officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Park Watershed, Friends of Keney Park, and the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Bird walks and other activities will follow, from 11 until noon. The day starts with an 8:30 a.m. bird walk led by the Hartford Audubon Society. Horizon Wings, a raptor rehabilitation center in Ashford, will be there with live birds starting around 10 a.m..

The ceremony and the activities are all free and the public is welcome.

Connecticut Public, the parent organization of WNPR Public Radio, is Connecticut Audubon’s official media sponsor of the Bird Treaty events on May 19 and later in the summer. The renewal ceremony kicks off Connecticut Audubon’s Annual Migration Madness weekend bird celebration and helps mark the organization’s 125th anniversary.

A program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Urban Bird Treaty is a national network whose goal is to improve bird habitat in urban areas, and help city residents experience and learn about birds and the natural world.

Federal, state, and municipal agencies, along with non-profit and educational organizations, work together to create bird-friendly habitats and connect people with nature through birding and conservation.

The program has since grown to include 30 cities.

To reach our Greater Hartford Area program staff, please call 860-633-8402 or email kreamer@ctaudubon.org.

 

 

 

 

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