Public programs are held at the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, CT (map) from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments are served.

September 13, 2017
A New Bird Atlas for Connecticut
Professor Morgan Tingley

Menunkatuck’s 2017-2018 program series will begin with UConn Professor Morgan Tingley presenting an overview of the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project.

The Connecticut birding community will be called on to conduct surveys for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project starting in 2018. The project will focus on all birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut.

The scope of the atlas is to understand breeding bird distribution and abundance, to document the changes since the last atlas, to understand wintering distribution of the birds in the state, to identify stopover habitat during migrations, to establish predictive relationships where species occur on the landscape and to use the results and data to create an interactive website.

Such a large effort will yield an abundance of data that could be used by many agencies. The reasons for the project is to contribute meaningful data for the State Action Wildlife Plan, to contribute to conservation planning, and to establish Environment Health Metrics.

Prof. Tingley’s presentation on the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project will describe its history, methodology, volunteer training, and need. Please come to learn more about the project and to sign up to participate.

Dr. Tingley has a strong background in data collected in the field with biodiversity informatics and novel quantitative modeling techniques to understand critical ecological questions about organisms.

October 11, 2017
The Vanishing Honey Bee
Howland Blackiston


November 8, 2017
A Guide to Long Island Sound
Patrick Lynch


December 13, 2017
Gina Nichol

The Blackstone Memorial Library will be undergoing renovations throughout 2018. Public meetings will be at the Canoe Brook Center (map). The meeting day will also change from the second Wednesday of the month to the fourth Wednesday.

January 10, 2018
Sea Level Rise and Shoreline Community Resilience  — SLAMM II
David Kozak