Many friends gathered at the beautiful setting of Sherwood Island State Park, Nature Center for the Friends of Sherwood Islands 15th Annual meeting. Over 75 people gathered at Nature Center for the Annual Meeting.
The smell of the sea and a chorus of birdsong greet me at the entrance to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. In the distance, I hear the loud honking of Canada geese, while in the nearby bushes, I spot a red-winged blackbird, white-crowned sparrow, and the orange-and-brown rufous-sided towhee. For more on this story, visit:
The DEEP has announced that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public beginning today, May 24 through Sept. 9, 2013, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the DEEP.
Audubon Greenwich, in collaboration with the Greenwich Tree Conservancy and the Bruce Museum, recently presented their Urban Oases, Expanding Bird Habitat for Migrating Songbirds, a research program spearheaded by Michelle Frankel, Audubon Connecticut’s conservation biologist. For more on this story, visit: Tree Conservancy needs help to save songbirds | Greenwich Post.
In the state’s first bald eagle nesting survey, the state Department of Fish and Game has verified 30 active nests this spring, including eight along the Connecticut River, six at Quabbin Reservoir and four along the Merrimack River. The survey, coordinated by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and involving agency staff and 35 volunteers,
Vandalism to nets at the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary — when mist netting nets are tampered with, birds can get caught and die. For more on this story, visit: Net vandalism harmful to birds – Connecticut Post.
Right on time, ospreys are returning to their nests in and around Madison. The magnificent hawks overwinter in Florida, northern coastal Mexico, and northern South America. They then return to Connecticut in late March. For more on this story, visit: Ospreys Return To Summer Home Near Neck River – Madison, CT Patch.
The Connecticut swamps are filling with huge flocks of red-wing males singing “O-Gurgl-eeee!” The guys welcome spring with those boisterous calls. The season is all that they have to sing to, for their wives-to-be are still dawdling in Florida. Like me, the ladies cherish this last little warm comfort before diving into the intensive life
Concerned with the dramatic decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and eat only insects caught while flying, Connecticut Audubon Society is calling for a multi-agency program of research and assessment along with immediate remedies such as cuts in pesticide use and the creation of man-made nesting sites.
The recommendations and action plan are contained in the Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report, “The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores.”
The environment takes center stage at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury over the next few weeks. For more on this story, visit: Glastonbury: Programs on the environment – Courant.com.
The Connecticut Audubon Society is planning to study how Hurricane Sandy’s significant damage to shoreline nesting habitats will affect endangered birds, and whether it could benefit some of them. For more on this story, visit: Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied- The Register Citizen.
Stresemann’s Bristlefront by Ciro Albano – NE Brazil Birding. Photo may be used with credit. (Washington, D.C., January 17, 2013) The first known nest of one of the world’s rarest birds – the Critically Endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront – has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings
If you build it, they will come. Sounds simple, right? This common phrase is often used to describe situations with definite outcomes. Hang up a bird feeder and you get birds. Plant wildflowers and you get bees. Put up a bluebird nest box and you get bluebirds . . . well maybe. Truth be told, it may not be quite as straightforward as “build it and they will come.”
Loons, loons and more loons. That’s what The Hour saw during a recent birdwatching boat trip out to the Norwalk Islands this week.
Fall migration in Connecticut is not a straightforward matter. How can it be when birds fly west in order to travel south, then sometimes turn north before correcting their heading. It’s all got to do with the map. The East Coast of North America runs north-south for the most part with one exception. The coast
More spring migrants and breeders I found 76 species of birds including 21 species of warblers at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area of the Aspetuck Land Trust on May 8. It was another dark and dreary sort of day, far from a photographers dream amongst a sea of leaves, but here are some shots
The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District is seeking volunteers who are interested in documenting the types of birds that utilize the Poquetanuck Cove, a tidal cove of the Thames River in Ledyard and Preston, from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20, coinciding with the Great American Bird Count. For more on this story, visit: The Day –
Ted Gilman, education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the point man for two February national events for bird lovers. On Thursday at Cos Cob Library Gilman will address the significance surrounding National Bird Feeding Month and also how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count that takes place in Greenwich from February 17-20. For
If you build it, they will come. That’s the hope of these folks who tramped around the soggy salt marsh in 14 degrees, bundled up against bone-chilling winds at Hammonasset Beach State Park last Sunday morning. For more on this story, visit: An aerie: Volunteers build nesting platform for Osprey at Hammonasset – News –
Scientists say they’re especially concerned about a national decline in one duck species — the scaup — which may be linked to habitat change. The latest Connecticut scaup count was 1,000, down from 5,400 last year. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut mid-winter survey finds fewer ducks along Atlantic Flyway migration route | The