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The Chapter serves the towns of Madison, Guilford, Branford, East Haven, New Haven, and West Haven, Connecticut.


Plant Sale for the Birds

This year Menunkatuck’s annual Plant Sale for the Birds is offering a selection of native shrubs, perennials, and grasses.

This year we are partnering with Roses for Autism, a nonprofit garden store in Guilford that grows and sells fragrant fresh cut roses, and other unique gifts while providing career training and mentorship to young adults with autism and other disabilities. They are growing many of the perennials that we are selling. The shrubs and other plants come from local nurseries.

 Plants we are selling…


West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis Expansion

The West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis expansion will cover this area of the park between the driveway and the river near the Barnard Nature Center.

The West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis expansion will cover this area of the park between the driveway and the river near the Barnard Nature Center.

West River Memorial Park in New Haven is the site of an Urban Oasis. Menunkatuck will be expanding the Oasis by almost tripling its size. The project involves extending the native shrubs along the marsh edge north from the existing area, enhancing the meadow by planting perennial plugs, and planting a seed plot along the border of the existing Oasis and the meadow. The new plants will provide additional food and cover for resident and migrant birds.

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Connecticut Bird Atlas

Protecting the state’s birds requires that we know where they are.

The Connecticut Bird Atlas will map all species found in the state during both nesting and non-nesting seasons.  Starting next year, we will be seeking the help of birdwatchers to document the distribution, abundance, and breeding activities of birds at sites throughout the entire state.  The resulting data will be used to document changes since the last comprehensive survey of the state’s birds, which happened in the early 1980s; to inform the State Wildlife Action Plan; and to determine priority areas for bird conservation and land protection.

To volunteer or join a mailing list to receive project updates, go to ctbirdatlas.org.


2018 Year of the Bird

2018 Year of the BirdIn 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.

Help build a better world for birds by taking a simple but meaningful action each month.


eBirding New Haven Area Urban Oases

urban-oasisAs part of the New Haven Harbor Urban Refuge Partnership, habitat improvements are taking place at New Haven parks, schools and other urban green spaces.  Native trees, shrubs, and flowers have been planted to provide cover, food, and habitat for wildlife and a place to learn, relax, and connect with nature for people. Audubon Connecticut is looking for help monitoring birds at these Urban Oases to determine whether habitat restoration is working.

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Audubon Bird Guide App, Now Free

AudubonApp_ECards_1_0The Audubon Bird Guide is the must-have app for anyone interested in birds. This award-winning app instantly turns your mobile device into the most trusted field guide in North America.

  • 821 in-depth species profiles
  • More than 3,200 bird photos
  • Quick bird IDs with filters by shape, region and color
  • Thousands of bird calls, differentiated by region and season
  • Seasonal and migratory range maps
  • Recent local bird sightings through eBird
  • Sightings posted by Audubon NatureShare friends and followers

So what are you waiting for? Download the Audubon Bird Guide and get birding!

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What to Do with Injured Wildlife

Injured Red-tailed Hawk

Birds like this Red-tailed Hawk with a partial wing cannot be released, but can serve educational purposes. A Place Called Hope offers educational programs with some of its non-releasable birds.

In the Menunkatuck Chapter area there are two wild bird rehabilitation centers, A Place Called Hope in Killingworth and Like a Feather in Guilford.

A Place Called Hope specializes in raptor rehabilitation. Call or text Christine Cummings (203-804-3452 for wildlife emergencies and rescues; call Grace Krick, 860-575-9791, for wildlife emergencies; or call or text Todd Secki, 203-214-2846, for wildlife emergencies, rescues, re-nestings, If you cannot reach them right away, please leave each number a message so that they may return your call as soon as time permits.  Please do not email them with wildlife emergencies; call or text.

Like a Feather takes in small birds and waterfowl. Call Bonnie Alexander, 203-640-5503 to report injured birds.

To find a rehabilitator in other areas of Connecticut or for mammals and amphibians, check the DEEP list of volunteer rehabilitators.

More about handling injured wildlife…


Volunteers Needed

Menunkatuck Audubon is looking for volunteers. We have open positions and could use your help. Give us a hand in one of the following areas. High school students: volunteering for Menunkatuck can help fulfill your community service requirements.Go here to volunteer.

Manage nest boxes. We have many locations where we would like to put in nest boxes for Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, Purple Martins, Kestrels, and other birds. We need someone to monitor these boxes for activity in the spring and clean them out in the fall. Some training is necessary and will be given.

Lead a field walk. Do you bird the Trolly Trail every week? Or visit Hammonasset or the Timberlands? Enjoy the company of other birders and increase Menunkatuck’s presence in the community.

Become a Board member. We are always looking for new Board members. If you want to get a feel for what happens at Board meetings, join us at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Community Center on the fourth Wednesday of the month (except July).

Help with fundraising and marketing. If you have talent of knowledge in either of there areas, we need to hear from you!