Connecticut Audubon Society News - October 9, 2018

Clubs and Organizations

October 12, 2018

From: Connecticut Audubon Society

We like to tell people that Connecticut Audubon isn’t a bird organization. It’s an organization of people who love birds. Case in point: the Roseate Spoonbill. This amazing pink bird showed up in Stratford in mid-September. The amazing crowds showed up to see it shortly after.

That part of the state – the Housatonic River estuary – is an incredibly rich ecosystem of brackish tidal waters, shoals, salt marshes, sand bars, and mud flats. The spoonbill, a shallow-water forager from the Gulf of Mexico, loves it, especially our Coastal Center at Milford Point, where it's been frequenting the marsh and sandbars.

I've been updating our website regularly (although it hasn't been reported since Friday). Click here. You’ll also find a link to a slideshow.

I had trouble finding the bird at first myself but managed to see it in an unusual setting in Stratford, which you can read about here.

Tree Swallows. Just up on the website here – really interesting work is underway on the incredible Tree Swallow roost in Old Lyme. As the lead scientist on the project told us, the work could revolutionize science’s understanding of the species.

Connecticut River Habitat. Those swallow researchers were working with our Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, as were the two young scientists from Mount Holyoke who found evidence this summer that the vegetation in the coves of the lower river—a really important area for ducks and geese—is changing and not necessarily for the better. Click here to read it.

Westport Habitat. One place where habitat is changing for the better is at our Smith Richardson preserve in Westport. Fifteen hundred trees and shrubs are being delivered and we need volunteers to help plant them. We have a volunteer workday set for Saturday, November 3. It’s become an annual event and it’s immensely satisfying work—you will know that your labor will directly help migratory birds. It’s a great feeling. Click here for details.

Africa or the Caribbean. January can be a good month to leave Connecticut behind for a while. EcoTravel is here to help. Tanzania and Puerto Rico are both good choices. Tanzania details are here or call Andy Griswold at 860-767-0660 and ask about both trips.

State of the Birds. We’re editing and laying out our 2018 Connecticut State of the Birds report. Because of its small size and big population, Connecticut has the highest percentage of what is known as urban/wildlife interface—areas where high quality wildlife habitat is intermixed with developed areas—in the U.S. Birds are important to people, but people are important to birds too, especially in our state. We have a great lineup of authors, including Scott Weidensaul, whose books many of you no doubt have read. Look for it in late November.

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