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

International Migratory Bird Day – Saturday, May 9, 2015

Restore Habitat – Restore Birds

IMBD logoJoin us at East Rock Park in New Haven for a celebration of the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Bird walks from the Eli Whitney Museum
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Fun, free, family-friendly activities at College Woods, 41 Cold Spring Street
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Bird-friendly coffee
  • Bird-friendly gardening tips
  • Bird art
  • Information about bird nest boxes
  • Kids’ games

1:00 p.m.

  • Live raptor show

Sponsored by Menunkatuck and Audubon Connecticut as part of the New Haven Harbor Watershed Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership


Project Limulus Surveys to Resume

limulusProject Limulus is a horseshoe crab research project that relies heavily on data gathered from physically tagging and recapturing animals. Menunkatuck has partnered with Sacred Heart University researchers to survey the shoreline east of New Haven.

When the horseshoe crabs come ashore to breed during the new and full moon tides in spring and early summer, surveyors count the number of male and female crabs in various sections of a beach. 

Volunteer information and schedule

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Wanted! Purple Martin, Bluebird, and Tree Swallow landlords!

Purple Martin HousingWe have a select number of available units for you to be the proud landlord of this season. For $30.00, you get to choose which bird dwelling you would like to support

  • Your $30.00 donation gets you weekly email updates on the happenings in your unit.
  • You will get the house number (or apartment number if Purple Martin) and the exact location of your property.
  • You will be able to visit as often as you like and may have the opportunity to help change out nesting and or banding.

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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.

Guilford platform downWhy 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.

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Menunkatuck Gets Grant for Osprey Camera

Menunkatuck Audubon Society received news today that we have been awarded a grant of $4,650 from the Watershed Fund. The grant is for the installation of an Osprey camera at the Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park in New Haven. Menunkatuck promised $3,200 in matching funds and services. The Watershed Fund was set up by South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority with the mission to protect water quality by acquiring watershed land and promoting environmental education.

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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. Contact president@menunkatuck.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!