Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases program in the New Haven Harbor Watershed has been recognized as a national model for community-based conservation – one of eight pilot projects across the nation to be designated a USFWS Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Director Dan Ashe and Region 5 Director Wendi Weber, EPA Long Island Sound Study, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, City of New Haven Public Schools and Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, Audubon Connecticut, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center, Friends of Beaver Pond, Dover Beach, and West River Parks, New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and many other community partners spoke today at a ceremony and installation of native plantings, unveiling of new signage. Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School and Common Ground High School gave presentations including live bird demonstration, a walking tour of native plantings, and a van tour of key sites.
The New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership will create a network of wildlife-friendly habitat oases and habitat improvements in municipal parks, schoolyards, vacant lots and units of Stewart B McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Partners include Yale University, Urban Resources Initiative, National Audubon Society and more.