In to help increase the number of Barn Owls in the area, Menunkatuck Audubon Society has started a Barn Owl nest box project. Our plan is to partner with local landowners who have suitable forage area to install Barn Owl boxes. Our goal is that with suitable nest sites in a larger area we can increase the Barn Owl population in southern Connecticut. We are also partnering with Guilford High School’s woodworking classes; they will be building the nest boxes according to our design recommendations with material that Menunkatuck supplies.
As 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.
Menunkatuck has had so many requests for the photo essay book that Menunkatuck put together to tell the story about our Osprey platform/replacement program that we decided to find a cost-effective way to have it published. We are now able to offer the 30-page hardcover book for $25. The book makes a good memento of a platform that we’ve rebuilt in your area or if you are interested in Ospreys. Order your book here.
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Osprey Platforms Are Collapsing – What We’re Doing About It
We’re doing a survey of the location and condition of osprey platforms in our Chapter area.
Why are we doing this?
Three osprey platforms in our Chapter area have collapsed in the last three years. In June, 2011, one along the Branford Trolley Trail fell when the hardware holding its supports rusted through. The nest was swept away in the tide and the two chicks were lost. In January, 2012, another platform in the Neck River marsh in Madison had so much nest material on its platform that it became top heavy and was close to falling. We were able to remove most of it and get the pole upright once again. Later in 2012 another platform fell because of rusted hardware. There are two platforms near the mouth of the West River in Guilford that from a distance appear to be fragile.
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.
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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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!