Birding

House declares war on wildlife

Feb 20th, 2014 | By
Piping Plovers and other nesting shorebirds, as well as endangered sea turtles, are all making a comeback under a National Park Service rule that limits beach driving during nesting—a rule the House bill would overturn. (photo by Melissa Groo / Photo Awards)

Two weeks ago the U.S. House embarked on what Audubon considers a War on Wildlife. Under consideration were three severe anti-wildlife bills, covering a wide range of issues that would impact species protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), undermine National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) safeguards, and cripple key restoration programs. The three bills each

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DEEP Waterfowl Survey: Numbers Are Generally Up

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

The total number of ducks observed during the survey was 19,375. This is higher than both the five-year and 10-year averages. The puddle duck count of 10,141 was twice the recent five-year average of 4,734, and well above the 10-year average of 3,700.



Connecticut Audubon Society warns partridge population on the decline

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Partridges have become so rare in Connecticut in the last two decades that it might be easier to find two French hens or three turtle doves than a partridge, also called the ruffed grouse, the society said. The reason for the scarcity, and the solution, is in the woods themselves, the society said. For more

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Snowy Owl Irruption of 2013: A Great Year for These Arctic Visitors, and Milford Point is a Great Place to View One

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Snowy Owls have irrupted in the northeast this winter, invading in good numbers and providing a rare spectacle that is delighting birders and underscoring the region’s connectedness to events above the Arctic Circle. In Connecticut, one of the best places to see Snowy Owls locally is Connecticut Audubon Society’s Milford Point Coastal Center, where one

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Purple Sandpipers on Long Island Sound off the coast of Darien | Birds of New England

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

Snowy Owls and a Fork-tailed Flycatcher are grabbing all the headlines in Connecticut this week _ and deservedly so. Snowy Owls are being found up and down the coast and that flycatcher has been entertaining birders in Hadlyme. I haven’t seen either species yet this fall/winter, but I thoroughly enjoyed a canoe trip on Long

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Connecticut birders catch a glimpse of a long-tailed visitor from far far away

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
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For months Patrick Comins of Audubon Connecticut has been looking forward to early December to get views of a rare, long-tailed visitor from afar.

While he was expecting Comet ISON to put on a spectacular show, he got a different kind of long-tailed visitor instead — one that he was not expecting at all.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Patrick’s article in WXEdge.



Westport CT Annual CBC Christmas Bird Count Sunday Dec. 15 2013

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

This year is the 67th Annual Westport Christmas Bird Count, and the 114th anniversary of the National Audubon CBC concept. This fall has been pretty exciting for Connecticut birders with a number of unusual species being seen in our area. CBC participants are looking forward to finding the unusual and the commonplace too, as all

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Introducing ‘Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder,’ A Weekly Guide to the State’s Birds and its Great Outdoor Places

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
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Connecticut Audubon Society has launched a new weekly guide, called Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder, to help birders of all levels plan weekend trips to see interesting birds in great outdoor settings throughout the state. Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder is designed to be a carefully curated guide to an unusual or interesting bird that has been sighted that week in a publicly-accessible location.



The Connecticut College Arboretum: A Bountiful Campus Resource, Nationally Recognized

Nov 1st, 2013 | By

This past summer, the Connecticut College Arboretum received national recognition by Nerd Scholar, a website concerning the intricacies of higher education, which called the College one of the ten colleges/universities that “invest in our nation with Programs that take the lead in land preservation and restoration.” Other colleges and universities that garnered recognition for their

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CT Audubon names new president

Aug 28th, 2013 | By
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Alexander R. Brash, a longtime conservation leader and Connecticut resident with an extensive record of success managing non-profits and government agencies, has been named president of Connecticut Audubon Society.



Phil Donahue and Milan Bull talk Purple Martins

Jun 13th, 2013 | By

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.



Taking time to savor the Cape’s birdlife

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

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:

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Charles and Duck islands closed for nesting season

May 24th, 2013 | By
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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.



Tree Conservancy needs help to save songbirds

May 16th, 2013 | By

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.



Survey of bald eagles find 30 nests statewide, 8 along Connecticut River

May 14th, 2013 | By

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,

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Net vandalism harmful to birds

May 3rd, 2013 | By

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.



Ospreys Return To Summer Home Near Neck River

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

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.



Lusty red-winged blackbird gents await the arrival of potential mates

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

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

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CT Audubon report looks at decline of insect-catching birds

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By

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.”



Glastonbury: Programs on the environment

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

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.