Connecticut Audbon Society
Migration Madness

Migration Madness

Migration Madness Schedule

Join the Connecticut Audubon Society for the fifth annual Migration Madness weekend, May 13, 14 and 15, 2022.

Migration Madness is an annual celebration of Connecticut’s birds!

Make a last-minute donation to the 2022 Birdathon!

We will be scheduling a variety of bird walks for the weekend so there is sure to be something for everyone! 

Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m., via Zoom
“Spring Migration: Global Ecology in Connecticut’s Treetops”
A Zoom presentation with Scott Yanco, postdoctoral associate at the Max Plank – Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change, and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale.

Free for Migration Madness Birdathon participants and for Connecticut Audubon members. For non-members who aren’t participating in the Birdathon, the fee is $10.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 11; 6-7 p.m.
Spring Migration Webinar via Zoom
There is no time more exciting to be a birder in Connecticut than during spring migration!  We welcome back some of our most colorful and beloved birds to the state and see numerous species moving through to breeding grounds further north. In this webinar Conservation and Education Coordinator Joe Attwater will go over what to expect during spring migration when out looking for birds. Free program. Suggested donation $10. 
Register Here for Zoom link

 

Friday

Friday, May 13; 8-10 a.m.
Bird Walk at the Coastal Center at Milford Point
Join expert birder and Connecticut Audubon Society’s habitat steward, Stefan Martin at Milford Point for our fifth annual Migration Madness Birdathon. This event is held during peak spring migration and the sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be seen on the property. Bird diversity will be the highest at this time of year with everything from colorful neotropical migrants to shorebirds and wading birds. This walk is geared to adults. All levels of birds welcome. Please bring binoculars. Members $20, non-members $25.
Register Here for 8 a.m. Bird Walk at the Coastal Center at Milford Point

Friday, May 13, 8 a.m.
Gellert Preserve Bird Walk, Pomfret

This Wyndham Land Trust preserve has a variety of habitats including field, shrub land and woodland. Birds to watch for include Prairie Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Blue-winged Warbler and Scarlet Tanager. Please register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org Fee: $20 CAS members; $30 non-members.

Friday, May 13; 9-10 a.m.
Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
If you ask a birder in Connecticut where the best place in the state to see birds is, most will say Hammonasset Beach State Park! Hammonassett is one of Connecticut’s most important coastal habitats, with numerous shorebird species that nest along its shores. $5 for members; $10 non-members
Register Here for Bird Walk at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Friday, May 13; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bird Walk at the Coastal Center at Milford Point
Join expert birder and Connecticut Audubon Society’s habitat steward, Stefan Martin at Milford Point for our fifth annual Migration Madness Birdathon. This event is held during peak spring migration and the sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be seen on the property. Bird diversity will be the highest at this time of year with everything from colorful neotropical migrants to shorebirds and wading birds. This walk is geared to adults. All levels of birds welcome. Please bring binoculars. Members $20, non-members $25.
Register Here for 11 a.m. Bird Walk at the Coastal Center

Friday, May 13, 3-5 p.m
Shrubland Bird Walk at Darrow Pond, East Lyme
With its extensive shrubland habitat, Darrow Pond provides critical habitat for many shrubland bird species including Prairie Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers, and Indigo Buntings. Baltimore Orioles and Tree Swallows can also be found around the pond, while Red-eyed Vireos and Wood Thrushes sing from the woods. $10 members; $15 non-members
Register Here for Shrubland Bird Walk at Darrow Pond

Friday, May 13, 6 – 10 p.m.
Pomfret Family Night – Picnic and Free Concert

Join us at the Center, 218 Day Rd in Pomfret. Bring a picnic supper, spread out on the lawn, check out the live wildlife from Horizon Wings and Ferncroft Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the live music by the band Nine6teen and dance as the sun sets.  Click for more information.

 

Saturday

Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.
Cabbage Hill Bird Walk, Woodstock
This beautiful new land trust preserve has a variety of habitats including a large hayfield with many breeding Bobolinks.  An amazing old family graveyard in the middle of the forest will be visited as well. Please register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org  Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members.

Saturday, May 14, 8-10 a.m.
Spring Migrants at the Arboretum, New London
Native birds need native plants, and they find plenty of them at the Connecticut College Arboretum! In the forests, we will search for Scarlet Tanagers, Veerys, and numerous warblers. We’ll watch swallows feed on insects over the pond, and hummingbirds feeding on the many native flower species. Best for ages 13 and up. Free program however registration is required. Limited to 10 participants. Free for members of CT Audubon and the CT College Arboretum; $10 non-members
Register Here for Spring Migrants at the Arboretum

Saturday, May 14, 8-10 a.m.
Spring Migration Bird Walk With Stefan Martin, Fairfield — SOLD OUT
Join expert birder and Connecticut Audubon’s Habitat Steward Stefan Martin for this early morning walk in the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary. Among the species expected to be seen in the Sanctuary’s diverse habitats are Orioles, Tanagers, Vireos and numerous warblers. This walk is geared toward adults; all levels of birders are welcome. Please bring binoculars if possible. Note: This program is sold out.

Saturday, May 14, 8-10:30 a.m.
Bird Banding Demonstration With Judy Richardson, Fairfield
See a bird banding demonstration led by Judy Richardson. The bird banding station at Birdcraft is one of the longest running programs in Connecticut. Birdcraft is a major migratory stopover for song birds. This banding station has banded and tracked a wide array of birds. See the birds up close and learn more about how banding has helped us to understand migratory pathways. No fee.

Select one of the timeframes to join us as we capture, band, and release birds.

Register Here for the Bird Banding Demonstration at Birdcraft

Saturday, May 14, 9-11 a.m
Warblers and More Bird Walk at Deer Pond Farm, Sherman 
Join Conservation Biologist Jim Arrigoni to see how many birds you can spot at Deer Pond Farm. Spring migrants are returning to their breeding grounds and joining our year-round resident birds. The air is full of bird song as males claim territory and try to attract mates for the breeding season. Take a walk with Deer Pond Farm staff as we explore the trails in search of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and more! $5 members; $10 non-members. For more information, please email ereeves@ctaudubon.org.
Register Here for the Warblers and More Bird Walk at Deer Pond Farm

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Family Fun event at the RTP Estuary Center
Join us for a weekend of family fun along the banks of the Lieutenant River! Each day will showcase local band Sunny Train from 11 a.m. – noon, and the FLAVORKING ice cream truck will be onsite from noon – 2 p.m.. There will also be a self-guided scavenger hunt, a create your own bird feeder station and more! Free for members. $20 for non-members. Cost is per family. All ages welcome!
Register Here for Family Fun at the RTP Estuary Center

Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Migratory Bird Walk at the Smith Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary — SOLD OUT
Spring migration will be in full swing in the coastal meadows, thickets, conifers and open woods of the Sanctuary. Connecticut Audubon’s Habitat Steward Stefan Martin will lead this walk, seeking out a wide range of bird species such as Chestnut-sided Warblers, Song Sparrows, Indigo Buntings and more. This walk is geared toward adults; binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Sanctuary’s entrance gate by the parking lot. The lot is located across the street from 39 Sasco Creek Road, Westport (just north of Southport Beach). Note: This program is sold out.

Saturday, May 14, 4-6 p.m.
Spring Forest Bird Walk at Ames Family Open Space, Old Lyme
The forests of Connecticut are alive with bird song in spring, as we welcome back Scarlet Tanagers, Ovenbirds, Eastern Wood Pewees, and more! Additionally, the Ames Property also supports those woodland species that prefer riparian habitats, such as American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, and more. $10 members; $15 non-members
Register Here for Spring Forest Bird Walk at Ames Family Open Space

Sunday

Sunday, May 15, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
20 Warbler Day (13th Annual), Pomfret
We will search for 20 species of warblers in one day, traveling to numerous locations. Help us beat our record of finding 21 species! Please register by emailing arzeznikiewicz@ctaudubon.org  Fee: $25 members; $50 non-members.

Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. –  10 a.m.
Family Bird Walk at Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
Walk the sandy beaches and explore the various habitats on our Family Bird Walk! Shorebirds can be seen on the beach and marsh, and songbirds flit about the brush and in the woods. The trails are kid friendly, and there’s always lots to see! Suitable for ages 6 and up! $5 members; $10 non-members; Children 10 and under free. 
Register Here for Family Bird Walk at Rocky Neck State Park

Sunday, May 15, 9-10 a.m.
Warblers and More Bird Walk at Deer Pond Farm, Sherman
Join Habitat Steward Stefan Martin to see how many birds you can spot at Deer Pond Farm. Spring migrants are returning to their breeding grounds and joining our year-round resident birds. The air is full of bird song as males claim territory and try to attract mates for the breeding season. Take a walk with Deer Pond Farm staff as we explore the trails in search of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and more! $5 members; $10 non-members. For more information, please email ereeves@ctaudubon.org.
Register Here for the Warblers and More Bird Walk at Deer Pond Farm

Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.
Migratory Bird Walk at Bristow Sanctuary & Wildwood Preserve, New Canaan
Patrick Comins, executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society and master birder, will lead a bird walk in Bristow Sanctuary. Join him to see the migrating birds that are stopping over in the park. Meet at Mead Park concession stand area.
Register Here for the Bird Walk at Bristow Sanctuary with Patrick Comins

Sunday May 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Family Fun event at the RTP Estuary Center
Join us for a weekend of family fun along the banks of the Lieutenant River! Each day will showcase local band Sunny Train from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the FLAVORKING ice cream truck will be onsite from noon – 2 p.m.. There will also be a self-guided scavenger hunt, a create your own bird feeder station and more! Free for members. $20 for non-members. Cost is per family. All ages welcome!
Register Here For Family Fun at the RTP Estuary Center

 

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