Migration Madness 2018! Connecticut Audubon’s Inaugural Bird-a-thon
May 18 through 20
A weekend of birding for a year’s worth of conservation!
For three days, birders of all skill levels will engage in a fun and friendly competition to find and count birds throughout Connecticut. Timed for the peak of bird migration!
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Register for the Bird-a-thon
Learn more about the Bird-a-thon
Conservation projects your pledge will support
Migration Madness complete schedule
If you’re into birds, this is the most fun you’ll have this May!
When you participate and make a Bird-a-thon pledge, your contribution will help support:
- Osprey Nation, a citizen science project to track the nesting success of the state’s Ospreys.
- The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, a partnership to protect vulnerable Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, and other species.
- Shrubland habitat restoration that provides nesting areas for Blue-winged Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Towhees, and other birds at:
- Smith Richardson Preserve in Westport
- Bafflin Preserve in Pomfret
- Chaney Preserve in Montville
- IBA monitoring at the Coastal Center at Milford Point, to ensure the protection of birds at this busy coastal area.
- Connecticut Audubon’s involvement in the Connecticut Bird Atlas, the biggest and most important bird research project ever in Connecticut.
Thank you for your generosity!
We’ve listed programs and events by date and by location (scroll down) … If you are participating in the Bird-a-thon competition, look for events in the by-date schedule labeled Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
Thursday, May 17
5 p.m. — “Creation of a Genius: Roger Tory Peterson,” a lecture by Dr. Twan Leenders, at the Lyme Art Association. Part of the Connecticut River Estuary Lecture Series. Register here.
Friday, May 18
Midnight – For the most intrepid birders, the Bird-a-thon starts now! Owls and Common Nighthawk; rails, American Bittern and other secretive marsh birds; birds that sing at night or before dawn, such as Grasshopper Sparrow, Hermit Thrush and Wood Thrush.
8 a.m. – Bird walk at White Sands beach in Old Lyme, hosted by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center.
NEW! 10:30 a.m. – Bird walk at the Connecticut College Arboretum, New London, led by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
3 p.m. – Beginning Bird Walk, Coastal Center at Milford Point. Great for Bird-a-thon participants! Register here!
5 p.m. – Bird walk at the Bafflin Preserve, at the Center at Pomfret. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
6:30 p.m. – The Big Year screening at the Center at Glastonbury. Register here!
6:30 p.m. – Silent Hunters of the Night. Our magnificent owl ambassadors show off their adaptations for night hunting. Center at Fairfield. Register here!
7 p.m. — The Big Year screening, the Center at Pomfret.
Saturday, May 19
6 a.m. – 3 p.m. – “90-Bird Day” led by Andy Rzeznikiewicz at the Center at Pomfret. An unforgettable day of Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, American Kestrels, warblers galore, and plenty of other species! Registration required, please call 860-928-4948. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!
7 a.m. – Bird walk at Great Meadows, organized by the Center at Glastonbury. Led by Larry Lunden and Michelle Eckman. Great for Bird-a-thon participants!