Connecticut Audbon Society

125th Anniversary

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The Migration Madness Birdathon, May 20 – 21: Fun for bird lovers of any skill level!

The Connecticut Audubon Society is inviting everybody to join in the fun later this month at the 6th annual Migration Madness birding weekend.It’s a great way to help celebrate Connecticut Audubon’s 125th anniversary, and to make a contribution to bird conservation. The highlight is the Migration Madness Birdathon, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. The Birdathon is a fundraising event that benefits bird conservation throughout the state. It’s open for all ages and for all skill levels.


Connecticut school kids will get more outdoor science education thanks to federal grant from Congresswoman DeLauro

The number of school kids participating in Connecticut Audubon’s Science in Nature outdoor education program will increase dramatically in the coming years, thanks to a $750,000 federal grant received from the office of U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro of New Haven. Approximately 20,000 Connecticut students in grades kindergarten through 5th participate in Science in Nature now. That number will increase by at least 50 percent, to 30,000 students. And the total number of hours of science-based outdoor instruction will increase to 60,000 hours, from 40,000. Representative DeLauro announced the grant at a press conference on Friday, April 21, at Connecticut Audubon’s Milford Point Coastal Center.


A billion birds a year are killed when they crash into buildings. You can help by turning out the lights

It’s gut-wrenching to find a dead bird crumpled on the ground next to a building. Unfortunately, it is also all too common. Birds migrate at night and this spring there is a great opportunity for you to do something that directly benefits birds: turn out the lights.


Renewing Hartford’s Urban Bird Treaty

Hartford was designated an Urban Bird Treaty city in 2011. The designation is up for renewal and the Connecticut Audubon Society, Friends of Keney Park, and Park Watershed are collaborating on an update. The result will be better habitat for birds throughout the city’s parks, and more chances for city residents to learn about and enjoy them.  The Urban Bird Treaty is a national network whose goal is to improve bird habitat in urban areas, and help city residents experience and learn about birds and the natural world.


For our 125th Anniversary, take the 125-Bird Challenge

March 24, 2023 — To encourage you to visit our sanctuaries during our 125th anniversary year, we’ve come up with a fun activity: the 125-Bird Challenge. It’s not a competition. We do hope however that it’s a good incentive. Many of our sanctuaries are big and unique, and are worth a special visit.


The Most Overlooked Birds in North America. RSVP for Joanna Wu’s presentation, Young, Gifted & Wild About Birds

Anyone who has been on a group bird walk knows that it’s the male Scarlet Tanager, the male Indigo Bunting, the male Blackburnian Warbler that draw the attention. But are there conservation implications if females, whose plumage is as beautiful in subtler ways, are ignored? “The Most Overlooked Birds in North America: Females” is the topic of the next Young, Gifted and Wild About Birds, with Joanna Wu, an ornithologist and ecologist at UCLA. Joanna’s presentation is set for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, via Zoom.


Nature on Display in New Exhibitions Celebrating Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer and Photographer

January 21, 2023 – More than half a century ago, naturalist writer and photographer Edwin Way Teale bought a rustic retreat in the heart of northeastern Connecticut. His work at Trail Wood, a 168-acre farmstead in Hampton, inspired a new generation of environmental conservationists to honor the land and continue his legacy. Two public exhibitions that mark Teale’s legacy are opening this month.


Connecticut Audubon’s newest preserve: Stratford Point, a conservation centerpiece in a rich ecological region

January 9, 2023 — Connecticut Audubon is kicking off its 125th anniversary year by announcing the acquisition of the Stratford Point preserve, a 28-acre coastal habitat in the heart of one of the state’s most important environmental regions.


Young, Gifted & Wild About Birds 2023

Help celebrate Connecticut Audubon’s 125th anniversary by delving into the future of bird conservation with the 2023 edition of Young, Gifted and Wild About Birds! The series features five interesting, smart and energetic younger-generation conservationists talking about both big-picture and fine-grained topics, all via Zoom. First up: Corina Newsome of the National Wildlife Federation, on Thursday, January 19.


December 2022: Winterberry

  Homegrown Habitat provides advice on what and where to plant, one per month, written by Sarah W. Middeleer, a landscape designer whose work focuses on ecology and designing for wildlife. Sarah serves as vice chair of the Connecticut Audubon Board of Directors. Write to her at Winterberry Ilex verticillata December 15, 2022 — […]





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