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Connecticut State of the Birds

Connecticut State of the Birds 2019

Each year since 2006 the Connecticut Audubon Society has helped set the conservation agenda for the state by publishing its annual Connecticut State of the Birds report.

The 2019 report was released on Thursday, December 5. The title is, “An Improved Long Island Sound Faces Unpredictable Change. Can Birds, Fish, Conservationists, & Government Adapt?”

Download a PDF of the report here.

“The 2019 Connecticut State of the Birds, titled “An Improved Long Island Sound Faces Unpredictable Change”,  is a powerful review of the Long Island Sound situation focused on the Waters, Wild Shores, Birds, Wishes and Key Rivers and Waterways. Congratulations.” – John L. Forbis, Old Lyme

“As always, I am so impressed by the quality this report.” – Liz Acas, New Haven

2019 Sponsor

We’re pleased to announced that Oak Lawn Cemetery & Arboretum, in Fairfield, is the sponsor of the 2019 report. Oak Lawn’s 100 acres includes an accredited arboretum and over 40 acres of preserved woodlands and wetlands that provide habitat for all wildlife.

Every member of the Connecticut Audubon Society receives a copy of the report each year. If you’re a member, look for yours in the mail.

If not, join now to make sure you get your copy!

Articles in Connecticut State of the Birds are written by the best ornithologists and conservationist in the state and the region. The report is edited by Tom Andersen, Connecticut Audubon’s communications director.

Throughout the years authors have included:

  • Gina McCarthy, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Connecticut State Ornithologist Margaret Rubega of UConn
  • Robert Askins and Glenn Dreyer of Connecticut College
  • Pulitzer Prize-nominee Scott Weidensaul
  • Peter Marra of Georgetown University, formerly the head of the migratory bird center at the Smithsonian.
  • Chris S. Elphick of the University of Connecticut
  • David Winkler of Cornell University
  • Former Commissioner Rob Klee of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • David Foster of the Harvard Forest
  • Sally Harold of The Nature Conservancy
  • Min Huang of the CT DEEP
  • Leah Lopez Schmalz of Save the Sound
  • Wayne R. Peterson of Massachusetts Audubon
  • Randy Dettmers of the US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Jenny Dickson of the CT DEEP
  • Chad Seewagen of the Great Hollow Nature Preserve
  • Jamie Vaudrey of UConn/Avery Point
  • And many others, including Connecticut Audubon Executive Director Patrick Comins and Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon’s senior director of science and conservation.

Click the titles to download copies of Connecticut State of the Birds

2018 In Cities and Suburbs: A Fresh Look at How Birds Are Surviving in Connecticut

2017 The New Bird Atlas: A Call to Action for Connecticut’s Conservationists

2016 Gains, Losses and the Prospect of Extinction

2015 Protecting and Connecting Large Landscapes

2014 Connecticut’s Diverse Landscape: Managing Our Habitats for Wildlife

2013 The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores.

2012 Where Is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?

2011 Conserving our Forest Birds

2010 Citizen Scientists Contribute to Conservation

2009 Bird Conservation Priorities

2008 Specific Conservation Complexities and Challenges

2007 Specific Threats to Connecticut’s Birds

2006 Conserving Birds and Their Habitats

Connecticut State of the Birds cover collage





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