The Connecticut Audubon Society was founded in 1898 by Mabel Osgood Wright, a pioneer in the American conservation movement. From the beginning, we have focused on conserving birds and their habitats in Connecticut, through science-based education and advocacy.
Connecticut Audubon Society received its first land donation in 1914 through the generosity of philanthropist Annie Burr Jennings of Fairfield. With that gift of 10 acres, Wright created Birdcraft Sanctuary, the first private songbird refuge in the country, and literally laid the groundwork for Connecticut Audubon Society. Birdcraft was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
Connecticut Audubon’s centers and sanctuaries give us a presence throughout the state and across all of Connecticut’s habitats.
Since 1974, Connecticut Audubon has contributed to every major environmental initiative in Connecticut through our Hartford-based advocacy program. We offer enlightened leadership on key issues, advice on environmental policy, and promote environmental, conservation, and other public policies that will protect birds and their habitats, preserve open space, and strengthen land management practices.
Since 2006, we have published an annual Connecticut State of the Birds report, which highlights conservation, environmental, and science priorities in the state.
Starting in 2008, Connecticut Audubon worked on environmental projects for corporations and governmental entities, including an agreement (which ended in 2015) with DuPont to serve as stewards of property at Stratford Point.
Since 1898, the Connecticut Audubon Society has provided educational programs for schools, families, and adults; worked on conservation projects and stewardship of our land; supported Citizen Science projects that contribute to our knowledge of the environment; sponsored museum exhibits and nature-related programs; and traveled throughout the world to explore areas of natural and cultural importance. Going forward, we will expand our science-based, educational, and advocacy work to further promote conservation of the environment and of Connecticut’s birds and their habitats.