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Nature Notes: A New Virtual Program for Parents and Kids

May 28, 2020 — Join RTP Estuary Center teacher-naturalist Morgan Allen for a virtual nature class designed for children and families who love nature! 

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Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science: Using Binoculars for Birding (video: 4 minutes)

June 2, 2020 — Ever wonder how you could use your binoculars to get an “eagle-eye” view of some of your favorite birds?

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Monday Bird Report

June 1, 2020 — By June, birds are on their breeding grounds, eggs are in the nest — some have hatched — and sumer is icumen in/Lhude sing cuccu, if you’re lucky enough to have a cuckoo nearby. 

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The Answer for the June 1 Mystery is……

If you guessed jingle shells, mermaid’s toenails, Neptune’s toenails, toenail shells, gold shells or saddle oysters, you are correct!!                       Jingle shells are shiny mollusks that got their name because they produce a bell-like sound when several shells are shaken together. The shells are thin and often translucent, they will grow following […]

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Daily Bird: Scarlet Tanager

A competitor of Baltimore Orioles for the title of most noticeable songbird in Connecticut, Scarlet Tanagers are a fairly common forest nesting bird in Connecticut. Most of the larger and many of the smaller forested areas of the state will have nesting pairs.

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2020 Birdathon Prize Winners

June 1, 2020 — We send our congratulations to the winners of the various prizes in the 2020 Migration Madness Birdathon. And just as importantly, we send our thanks to all the participants. A special “thank you” to the three Migration Madness Sponsors: Oak Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum, the Aquarion Water Company, and Keith Mueller Bird Carvings.

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Daily Bird: Piping Plover

May 29, 2020 — Piping Plovers live out in the open but can be hard to find. They attract a lot of attention but can be found only on certain beaches. They nest from Greenwich to Stonington but are rare enough — only 57 pairs in Connecticut last year — to warrant listing as a federal and state-threatened species.

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2020 Birdathon Photo Contest Winners

June 1, 2020 — We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Birdathon Photo contest. Birders from across the state submitted approximately 100 photos, all taken in Connecticut from May 22 to 24. They included geese, ducks, herons, hawks, owls, warblers — even a box turtle. The winners were chosen by Julian Hough, an experienced bird photographer and graphic designer.

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Birdathon 2020: “What a wonderful activity, particularly during a spring with so many challenges!”

May 30, 2020 — “A couple favorite moments were hearing a loud bird singing by a river on Saturday morning, then looking up and seeing a Baltimore Oriole. Then on Sunday, having my first sighting of a pair of Barn Swallows, two beautiful blue gems stopping briefly on the riverbank.”

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Daily Bird: Little Blue Heron

May 28, 2020 — The first Little Blue Herons arrive in April and stay into October, sometimes later. It is strictly an inhabitant of coastal salt marshes. It nests on Duck Island in Westbrook and Charles Island in Milford.

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An Up-Close View of Sunbathing Snakes With Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science (video: 3 minutes)

May 28, 2020 — Why do northern water snakes leave ponds on warm spring days (and ignore social distancing rules)?

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Daily Bird: Sanderling

May 27, 2020 — One of our most ubiquitous shorebirds is the Sanderling. Only the Ruddy Turnstone and the Whimbrel may have a wider distribution.

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Daily Bird: Baltimore Oriole

May 26, 2020 — With its orange-flame plumage and loud, operatic song, the Baltimore Oriole attracts attention like almost no other songbird in Connecticut and is often a trophy-bird at backyard bird feeders.

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Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science Explains the Misunderstood Dandelion (video: 4 minutes, 15 seconds)

May 26, 2020 — What “parachutes” into your backyard, eventually becoming a great source of nectar for bees, providing seeds for birds and having delicious leaves for salads?

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Beach-nesting birds are hatching. Thank you for doing your part to protect them

May 26, 2020 — May 26, 2020 — Piping Plover eggs are starting to hatch on Connecticut’s beaches — there are already three hatchlings from the 10 nests at the Milford Point Coastal Center, for example. And the two American Oystercatcher nests there already have one chick each.

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I Spy: Coastal Connecticut

June 1– Welcome to Mystery Monday! Let’s play a game of I Spy: Coastal Connecticut! Every Monday we will post part of a picture of an organism found along the coast of Connecticut. Can you guess the creature in this picture? Make your best guess–you can post your answer on The Coastal Center’s Facebook page: click here or […]

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2020 Birdathon Leaders

May 28, 2020 — The 2020 Migration Madness Birdathon was designed for everyone, and thanks to the dozens of people who participated and made pledges it was a terrific success! By the end of the three-day event, 67 birders submitted checklists with a total of 199 species, a tick behind last year’s total of 207.

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Meet Our Ambassador Birds Webinar on Friday, May 29

May 22, 2020 — Treat yourself to a special encounter with one or more raptors on a bird handler’s glove. You’ll learn about their natural history and discover the unique physical attributes of these magnificent birds. We’ll discuss different raptor species and their amazing behavioral and predatory adaptations, as well as their conservation status and critical role in our environment.

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Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Prothonotary Warbler

May 21, 2020 — Prothonotary Warblers are relatively rare in Connecticut but one or two visit almost every year in May.

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COVID-19: What’s on & what’s off

March 12, 2020 — Our sanctuaries and trails will remain open, and we encourage you to visit for a hike. Outdoor programs will be held as scheduled. Indoor programs are cancelled or postponed. The buildings at all our centers will be closed to the public.

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Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Blackburnian Warbler

May 20, 2020 — This species has made a good showing in Connecticut. One of the most strikingly colored of our wood-warblers, the Blackburnian’s flaming orange throat was responsible for its colloquial name of “Fire Throat.” But who was it named after? Keep reading to find out.

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Connecticut Audubon’s 2020 Migration Madness Birdathon, Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24

May 19, 2020 — The Connecticut Audubon Society’s annual Migration Madness Birdathon is back for 2020. Starting Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24, this family-oriented weekend of local birding is a fun and friendly competition to see as many bird species as possible over three days.

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Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Blue-winged Warbler

May 19, 2020 — Blue-winged Warblers arrive in Connecticut in May and quickly establish breeding territories that last through July. They are perhaps most visible during summer, when males are territorial and females can be seen tending to young.

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An Intriguing Investigation of Owl Pellets with Dr. Science (video, 4 minutes)

May 19, 2020 — Why does Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science exclaim “WOW!” over her discovery in the Larsen Sanctuary? Find out by becoming a science detective and join her for an intriguing investigation of owl pellets.

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Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Canada Warbler

May 18, 2020 — Spring is by far the best season for finding wood warblers in Connecticut, including Canada Warblers — eBird shows dozens if not scores of sightings within the last two weeks.

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I Spy: Coastal Connecticut

May 25, 2020 – Welcome to Mystery Monday! Let’s play a game of I Spy: Coastal Connecticut!

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The Answer for the May 18 Mystery is…..

If you guessed Mussel , You are Correct!!!             Did you know? The mussel’s external shell is composed of two hinged halves or “valves”. The valves are joined together on the outside by a ligament, and are closed when necessary by strong internal muscles (anterior and posterior adductor muscles) Mussels […]

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I Spy: Coastal Connecticut

May 18– Welcome to Mystery Monday! Let’s play a game of I Spy: Coastal Connecticut! Every Monday we will post part of a picture of an organism found along the coast of Connecticut. Make your best guess–you can post your answer on The Coastal Center’s Facebook page: click here or on The Connecticut Audubon Society Facebook page: click here. […]

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Monday Bird Report

May 18, 2020 — The Monday Bird Report is Birdathon-centric this week. Connecticut Audubon’s third annual Migration Madness Birdathon is coming up this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 22-24. The weather forecast is looking OK, and 51 people have already signed up to participate.

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Diary of a teenage birder from New Canaan, circa 1910. Part 4.

May 17, 2020 — “Seating myself on a pile of beanpoles I waited for the author of the note to appear. Soon who should pop up but a newly arrived White-throat, as handsome and jaunty as ever. He was silent, save for the note which had attracted me, but I trust to hear his merry whistling before many days.”

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Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Worm-eating Warbler

May 15, 2020 — During migration Worm-eating Warblers may be seen at any of the typical warbler stopovers, such as Connecticut Audubon’s Birdcraft Sanctuary in Fairfield and East Rock Park in New Haven.

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The Global Big Day was a mere preview of the 2020 Migration Madness Birdathon

May 16, 2020 — If you watch Matt Bell’s E-ventures video, you’ll want to watch birds. If you want to watch birds, you’ll want to sign up for the Birdathon, May 22-24.

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Join Dr. Science for the Wood Frog Story (video, 3 minutes, 31 seconds)

May 14, 2020 — If you come across a vernal pool in springtime, what rare event might you experience if your timing (and luck) are just right?

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The Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Cerulean Warbler

May 14, 2020 — In May we birders celebrate the return of the warblers, “the butterflies of the bird world.” Connecticut is in the nesting range of the rare and beautiful Cerulean Warbler.

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The Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Special Video Edition

May 14, 2020 — Uncountable numbers of tiny, winged perpetual-motion machines — cerulean, yellow, chestnut, golden, orange, black, blue, green — are arriving in Connecticut’s treetops these days. Warbler migration is upon us, bringing pleasure and stiff necks to eager birders.

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In the north woods of Connecticut, a rare butterfly

May 14, 2020 — Wandering through the Croft Preserve in Goshen earlier this month, longtime Connecticut Audubon member Jim Dugan came upon an unusual find — two or three West Virginia white butterflies, feeding in a patch of spring-beauty wildflowers.

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Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Swainson’s Warbler

May 13, 2020 — The discovery of a Townsend’s Warbler in Hartford last month — a record first for Connecticut — got birders thinking about which new species might show up next. Because it’s migration time, thoughts turn to Swainson’s Warbler. Note that the violet color that indicates a sighting is absent from Connecticut on […]

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Eco-Hour with Conservation Biologist Jim Arrigoni

May 13, 2020 — Salamanders quietly live most of their lives out of sight and beyond our perception, yet they play outsized roles in many Connecticut ecosystems. Conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni explains in his Eco-hour Chat, Thursday, May 14.

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The Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Hooded Warbler

May 12, 2020 — Usually first noticed by a ringing “weeta, weeta, weeteeo” song, a Hooded Warbler sighting highlights almost any bird walk in the Connecticut woods.

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Diary of a teenage birder from New Canaan, circa 1910. Part 3.

May 12, 2020 — On a spring morning in New Canaan, meadowlarks are singing and flickers “salute each passerby” as a 15-year-old boy walks to the Tallmadge Hill station to take the train to high school in Stamford. It’s 1910 and Harold Jones is making notes in his diary.

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Join Dr. Science and Discover Life Under a Log (video, 5 minutes, 27 seconds)

May 12, 2020 — Did you know that one of the best places to view a thriving ecosystem is under a rotting log? Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science takes us into the woods and shows us how to carefully reveal and explore this fascinating micro habitat.

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The first hummingbirds of 2020

May 12, 2020 — Almost 90 of you sent in your first-of-year sightings from 80 places in Connecticut (plus Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont). Follow the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on this map.

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Webinar Wednesday: Rock Art

May 12, 2020 — Join teacher-naturalist Morgan Allen as she shows you how to plan out your design using the shape of your rock, how to layer up paint on your rock, and more.

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The Daily Bird/Warbler Week: Chestnut-sided Warbler

May 11, 2020 — Chestnut-sided Warblers are migrating through and can be found in numerous habitats. They nest in old field and scrubby habitat throughout Connecticut, a declining habitat type as forests mature and fields get developed and converted to lawns.

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The Monday Bird Report

May 11, 2020 — You may have noticed that the rest of the world is catching on to what you’ve known for a while: birding is hot. It seems the antidote to the stress of dealing with the pandemic is birdwatching.

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All About Owls Webinar

May 11, 2020 — Join Joe Attwater as he reviews Connecticut’s owls and what makes these birds so amazing. Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m.

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The Answer for the May 11 Mystery is……

If you guessed Mummichog, Fundulus heteroclitus, Atlantic killifish, mummies, gudgeons, or mud minnows… you are correct! Did you know? You will find these fish in brackish and coastal waters including estuaries and salt marshes This species is hardy and has the ability to tolerate highly variable salinity, temperature fluctuations from 43 to 95 °F, low oxygen levels, and heavily polluted ecosystems. As a result, the mummichog […]

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The Daily Bird: Gray Catbird

May 8, 2020 — This handsome gray bird can be distinguished by its bold personality and characteristic call, reminiscent of a cat’s meow. They are more often heard than seen, spending much of the day hidden away in thick shrubs and trees. Although they tend to be secretive, they are very energetic and boisterous birds.

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Watch and listen to what’s going on in the water at Deer Pond Farm

May 8, 2020 — Is there a more beautiful sound in nature than the trill of an American toad? You can hear it at the start of this terrific video that our Deer Pond Farm staff recorded this week. And stick around for Jim Arrigoni’s terrific description of the aquatic invertebrates he found.

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You probably need new binoculars or a scope. If so, we’ve got you covered. Just call.

May 7, 2020 — Time to upgrade those binoculars? Need a spotting scope? Need a gift? The birds are here, with more on their way. No time like the present! Call at 860-767-0660 to discuss or to place an order.

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Daily Bird: Orchard Oriole

May 7, 2020 — This is a handsome and distinctive species. The males lack the bright orange flash of the more common and widespread Baltimore Oriole but sport a bright chestnut and black plumage unique among North American birds. The greenish-yellow hues of the female also stand out, and the first-summer males are readily identified by the their black bib. Compared to the Baltimore, it’s a more slender and spritely bird.

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Join Dr. Science On a Nature Walk & Glimpse a Great Blue Heron (video, 3 minutes, 57 seconds)

May 7, 2020 — If you’re patient and observant, what long-legged bird might you catch a glimpse of near the shore or wetlands? Join Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science on this nature walk and see if you can spot the camouflaged Great Blue Heron.

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Diary of a teenage birder from Connecticut, circa 1910. Part 2

May 9, 2020 — In early spring 1910, 15-year-old Harold Jones, who lived on the Waveny Estate in New Canaan, was busy keeping his daily bird list and identifying wildflowers. Here’s the second entry from his nature diary.

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Diary of a teenage birder from Connecticut, circa 1910. Part 1

May 6, 2020 — “I have some notebooks of bird observations from 1910. Would you be interested in them as a guide to habits today, considering the changes in climate? They were made by my father, now deceased. The written observations were in New Canaan, CT in 1909 and 1910.”

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Daily Bird: Eastern Meadowlark

May 6, 2020 — Careful observers can still see and hear this bright relative of our blackbirds in open, grassy habitats, sometimes perched on fences and bushes in a few Connecticut locations. It is a birder’s treasure wherever it is found.

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Daily Bird: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

May 5, 2020 — The Rose-breasted Grosbeak, returns from the Caribbean to Connecticut during spring migration. And you may not have to work very hard to find it.

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Facetiming Bird Migration

May 5, 2020 — NBC CT meteorologist Kaitlyn McGrath Facetimed Executive Director Patrick Comins last week to talk about migration, about visiting Connecticut Audubon’s sanctuaries, and about threats to Connecticut’s birds.

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Webinar Wednesday: Animal Tracks

May 5, 2020 — Learn how to track your favorite animals across your backyard. This week RTPEC teacher-naturalist Morgan Allen will teach you how to identify the tracks of local animals as well as how to make your own animal track stamp.

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All About Owls Webinar

Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m. One of our most unique and mysterious family of birds, owls are most active when the rest of us are settling down for the night. In this webinar, teacher-naturalist Joe Attwater will go over what makes these birds so amazing, and which ones call CT home. Joe will discuss: What […]

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I Spy: Coastal Connecticut

May 11– Welcome to Mystery Monday! Let’s play a game of I Spy: Coastal Connecticu1 Every Monday we will post part of a picture of an organism found along the coast of Connecticut. Make your best guess–you can post your answer on The Coastal Center’s Facebook page: click here or on The Connecticut Audubon Society Facebook page: click here. […]

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Daily Bird: Yellow-crowned Night Heron

May 4, 2020 — Yellow-crowned Night Herons are birds of marshes and wet meadows but are not widely distributed across the state. Our Milford Point Coastal Center is by far the most reliable location in the state.

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The Monday Bird Report

May 4, 2020 — It was not only a beautiful weekend, it was a busy one for birds and birders. Here are a few highlights.

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The Answer for the May 4 Mystery is……

If you guessed Hermit Crab you are correct!   Did you know: Most species have long, spirally curved abdomens, which are soft, unlike the hard, calcified abdomens seen in related crustaceans. Most frequently, hermit crabs use the shells of sea snails The tip of the hermit crab’s abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the columella of the […]

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Daily Bird: Eastern Whip-poor-will

May 1, 2020 — Eastern Whip-poor-wills typically arrive in their breeding grounds in late April-early May, timed with the appearance of the insects that make up their diet.

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I Spy: Coastal Connecticut

May 4– Welcome to Mystery Monday! Let’s play a game of I Spy: Coastal Connecticut! Every Monday we will post part of a picture of an organism found along the coast of Connecticut. Make your best guess–you can post your answer on The Coastal Center’s Facebook page: click here or on The Connecticut Audubon Society Facebook page: click here. […]

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Raptors of CT Webinar

May 1, 2020 — If there’s one group of birds that captivates birders and non-birders alike, it’s the raptors. Join us for a special webinar, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5.

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What’s on your bookshelf? CT Audubon shares favorite reads on nature and the environment

April 27, 2020 — For your reading pleasure, Connecticut Audubon staff talks about their favorite books on nature and the environment, new and old, including a several by local authors and classics by Rachel Carson, John McPhee, David Quammen, and Michael Pollan.

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Daily Bird: Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

April 30, 2020 — The long-popular reference to a “miniature Mockingbird” holds up pretty well. Shape and tone are reminiscent of the big mimid, although the gnatcatcher lacks the white wing markings. But keep miniature in mind. This is a small, slender bird in the warbler size category.

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The Daily Bird: Semipalmated Plover

April 29, 2020 — Semipalmated Plovers are starting to appear on Connecticut beaches during spring migration. Named for their semi-webbed toes, which allow them to walk on different substrates, Semipalmated Plovers can be found foraging for insects and other invertebrates on mudflats and beaches while they migrate to their nesting territory on Arctic beaches.

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Daily Bird: Peregrine Falcon

April 28, 2020 — Urban development generally pushes species out of the habitat that was replaced by buildings. There are some species like the Peregrine Falcon, however, that can adapt. Peregrine Falcons nest on and dive from tall ledges. The abundance of ledges in urban areas gives them a greater selection of nesting locations.

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Dr. Science Reveals the Cool Features of Bivalves (video, 3 minutes, 49 seconds)

April 28, 2020 — What lives in salt water and shares traits with a bicycle, a door and cooking a big pot of spaghetti? Watch Dr. Science reveal the cool features of a familiar filter feeder in the Long Island Sound ecosystem.

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The optics are good at EcoTravel

April 28, 2020 — Andy Griswold gives a rundown of the best binoculars and scopes from Vortex and Swarovski. Learn about what you should consider when making a purchase.

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A look back at the Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz

April 28, 2020 — If you participated in the Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz, you know how much fun it was. Well over 200 people from all over Connecticut submitted 2,619 observations of 654 species. The most common: garlic mustard, an invasive plant.

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Daily Bird: For Frank Mantlik, the Townsend’s Warbler was bird number 400. Nobody around has seen more.

Frank Mantlik

April 21, 2020 — Only one birder was on record as ever having seen 400 species in Connecticut. Frank Mantlik’s Connecticut life list sat at 399, and he was about to become number 2.

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What’s on your bookshelf? Nature books for kids

April 30, 2020 – Reading can spark and cultivate a life-long connection with the natural world. Educators from Connecticut Audubon share some of their favorite books for families with young readers … or readers of any age who are young in spirit.

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Daily Bird: American Redstart

April 27, 2020 — The beautiful little American Redstart will be migrating into Connecticut any day now. Adult male American Redstarts are mostly black with bright orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail. Females have gray head and underparts, with olive back and wings and dark-gray tail.

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Eco-Hour with Patrick Comins

April 27, 2020 — Join Connecticut Audubon Society’s Executive Director Patrick Comins as he takes you through Connecticut’s shorebirds by season.

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Osprey Nation Training webinar with Miley Bull

April 27, 2020 — Join Connecticut Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation Miley Bull for a look at a familiar shoreline bird: the Osprey!

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Daily Bird: Belted Kingfisher

April 24, 2020 — The Belted Kingfisher is one of the few bird species where the female is more colorful than the male. Its presence is often known by the distinctive rattle call it makes while flying.

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Daily Bird: Waterthrushes

April 23, 2020 — These warblers are active, vociferous birds, habitual tail-waggers easily told from our array of other warbler species. Telling them apart is another matter.

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CTAudubon sanctuaries remain open to the public. Here are the rules

April 23, 2020 — The Connecticut Audubon Society’s sanctuaries remain open to the public. We encourage you to visit our preserves while also observing the latest CDC recommendations regarding social distancing. 

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Dr Science: Slimy But Fascinating, There’s Much to Learn About Mud Snails (video, 2 minutes, 19 seconds)

April 23, 2020 — Why do snails “walk” so slooowly? During this seaside adventure, Connecticut Audubon’s Dr. Science explains this and more fun facts, including the important job mud snails do at the beach and what their tongue has in common with a conveyor belt.

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Daily Bird: Pileated Woodpecker

April 22, 2020 — The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker found in Connecticut. Crow-sized, it is an inhabitant of the mixed deciduous and coniferous forests of North America. The birds especially like forests where large old trees can be found.

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Trail to Earth Day #18: was this the actual first Earth Day?

April 22, 2020 — For the final installment on the Trail to Earth Day we’re going back to 1817, thanks to This
Day in Connecticut History and to John Folsom, who represents Pomfret on Connecticut Audubon’s Board of Directors.

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Dr. Science: Will she be participating in the Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz?

April 22, 2020 — It’s Earth Day. Dr. Science shows how to take part in the fun.

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Trail to Earth Day #17: Advocate

April 21, 2020 — Speak up. Speak out. Work in concert with others and with conservation organizations like Connecticut Audubon that can amplify your voice.

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The Daily Bird: Great video about the state first-record Townsend’s Warbler

April 21, 2020 — EcoTravel’s Andy Griswold was in Hartford to see the Townsend’s Warbler and came back with this great video, including an interview with Paul Desjardins, who first found the bird on Friday.

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Trail to Earth Day #16: Volunteer

April 20, 2020 — There’s an easy way to get involved and to do some good locally and immediately: volunteer.

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Daily Bird: Townsend’s Warbler, a first for Connecticut

April 20, 2020 — For that portion of the Connecticut birding world that chases after rarities, word of a Townsend’s Warbler in Hartford was a great substitute for caffeine on Friday morning. It arrived with a jolt.

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Cathy Hagadorn is at Deer Pond Farm to talk about what you might find during the Bioblitz

April 20, 2020 — Before you head outside for the Bioblitz on Wednesday, April 22, take a look at what Cathy Hagadorn, director of Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, has to say.

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EcoTravel gives you a 4-minute tour of how the Ospreys live in Old Saybrook

April 20, 2020 — EcoTravel Director Andy Griswold is on the scene to talk about Ospreys.

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Dr. Science Explores Rockweed (video, 3 minutes, 16 seconds)

April 16, 2020 — Is Dr. Science taking a nap on the beach? Or practicing yoga? You’ll be amazed when you get up-close and find out. She’ll show you that there’s more going on at the seashore than you ever thought possible!

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Trail to Earth Day #15: Food for Thought — How to Eat Sustainably

April 18, 2020 — Whether in the grocery store or your own kitchen, every time you make a decision about food, you can have an affect on the food system.

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Trail to Earth Day #14: Water and branches

April 17, 2020 — Birds need water and a place to take cover. Those are two easy things you can help them with in your yard.

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Daily Bird: Glossy Ibis

April 17, 2020 — Glossy Ibis have returned to Connecticut from their wintering grounds and big flocks have been seen feeding together. Here’s what you need to know about this eye-catching species.

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Daily Bird: Green-winged Teal

April 16, 2020 — Green-winged Teal is the smallest North American duck with a length of only 14 inches. The striking males pack a lot of color and pattern into a small package. They’ve been seen recently at Milford Point.

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Bioblitz: What you might find on Earth Day

April 16, 2020 — When you step outside on April 22 for the Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz, here’s what you might find.

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Trail to Earth Day #13: Reduce Light Pollution and Bring Back the Night

April 16, 2020 — Increasing evidence shows the excessive use of artificial light at night is harming wildlife at an alarming rate. What’s at stake? Not much. Only the survival of animals critical to their ecosystems, and pollinators that are vital to producing the food we eat, so ultimately human health as well.  

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Daily Bird: Downy Woodpecker

April 15, 2020 — Anyone with a bird feeder already knows this diminutive woodpecker. At about six inches in length, this black and white clinging bird has a coast to coast distribution and is the smallest of our woodpecker family. It is here in Connecticut year round and does not migrate.

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Trail to Earth Day #12: A place so your bird can sing

April 15, 2020 — The bottom line for birds is habitat. They need suitable places to nest, spend the winter, and rest and feed during migration.

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