Our Mission and Work

The Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats. Founded in 1898, the Connecticut Audubon Society operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Pomfret, Hampton, and Sherman, a center in Old Lyme, an EcoTravel office in Essex and an Environmental Advocacy program in Hartford. Connecticut Audubon Society manages 19 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserves 3,300 acres of open space in Connecticut and educates over 200,000 children and adults annually. Working exclusively in the state of Connecticut for over 100 years, Connecticut Audubon is an independent organization, not affiliated with any national or governmental group.

Connecticut Audubon Society’s scientists, educators, Citizen Scientists, and volunteers work to preserve birds and their environments in Connecticut. Our work includes sanctuary management, advocacy, environmental education and activities at our Centers, scientific studies, and our Connecticut State of the Birds project.

Annual Report
Click here to read our 2014 Annual Report
Click here to read our 2013 Annual Report
Click here to read our 2012 Annual Report

Connecticut State of the Birds Project

In 2006, The Connecticut Audubon Society launched a new initiative, called Connecticut State of the Birds. Each year, under this initiative, the Society’s scientists and volunteers, as well as subject experts, contribute to a report focused on the single greatest threat to our native birds: habitat loss. The reports also contain specific science-based recommendations for preserving habitats. The Society, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and other state agencies and conservation organizations, follows through on the recommendations. We are pleased to see how this work is promoting bird conservation and habitat preservation in the state.

Each report focuses on one topic, with a number of articles presenting different aspects of that topic. The topics include:

2006: Conserving Birds and Their Habitats
2007: Specific Threats to Connecticut’s Birds
2008: Specific Conservation Complexities and Challenges
2009: Bird Conservation Priorities: Connecticut’s Top 20
2010: Citizen Scientists Contribute to Conservation
2011: Conserving Forested Habitats
2012: Where Is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?
2013: The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores
2014: Connecticut’s Diverse Landscape: Managing Our Habitats for Wildlife

We encourage you to read these reports, and we welcome your contributions to our conservation efforts.

For more information about the Connecticut State of the Birds Project, please contact Milan Bull, Senior Director, Science and Conservation, mbull@ctaudubon.org.

Sanctuary Management

The Society’s Sanctuaries Committee oversees the management of our 19 Sanctuaries. Work at the sanctuaries is based in the physical, natural, and cultural features of each property; the intent of the donor; land-use restrictions; cost of maintenance; and the Society’s goals and objectives.

Several of our sanctuaries benefit from close working relationships with local groups and individuals interested in assisting us create and implement management plans. For example the Friends of Trail Wood help maintain the property, volunteer in many capacities, and assist in expanding support for and use of this unique sanctuary.

Many of our sanctuaries are the beneficiaries of community service projects. Scout troops, including Eagle Scout candidates, have undertaken projects to improve trails and the grounds at the Birdcraft Museum and other sanctuaries. Every spring, a student team from Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield improves the Edna Strube Chiboucas Special Use Trail at the Larsen Sanctuary.

We encourage you to join the more than 200,000 children and adults, who participate in our Center- and Sanctuary-based environmental education programs and activities. We do ask that, when you visit, you follow all posted rules; do not disturb or remove any animals, nests, or plants; and leave no trace behind.

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