Programs

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.

 


The Blackstone Memorial Library will be undergoing renovations throughout 2018. Starting with the January meeting, 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.


February 28, 2018
Members’ Night: Nature Show and Share

Person with cameraFebruary 28 is Members’ Night: Nature Show and Share. We invite you to bring your favorite nature photos or video clips on CD or thumb drive to share during an informal evening celebrating our mutual love of beautiful places and all creatures great and small. Have something else, like a skull or snakeskin? Bring it along! Or if you prefer to sit, watch, and listen, that’s fine too!

Email Carl Harvey (carl@menunkatuck.org) and let him know how you want to participate.

March 28, 2018
Creating Bird-Friendly Habitat
Katie Blake

Creating Bird-Friendly HabitatKatie Blake will give a brief overview of Audubon’s Healthy Habitat Programs – Urban Oases, Schoolyard Habitat and Plants for Birds and how they are Creating Bird-Friendly Habitat. Together, these programs work to identify, improve and conserve important stop-over habitat for migrating songbirds all along the Atlantic migratory flyway. Together with Audubon chapters, botanical gardens, state and municipal parks departments, and other groups we are creating a network of healthy habitats for birds and people in municipal parks, schoolyards, vacant lots, and yards across Connecticut. The programs work to engage families in conservation action in many ways: as stewards of their own backyard habitats, volunteers helping to plant at neighborhood parks or citizen scientists collecting valuable data on birds and their habitats. The talk will give an overview of the Plants for Birds Program and offer practical and simple ways any homeowner or gardener can make a difference for birds right in their own backyard. Katie will highlight the five principals of creating bird-friendly yards and offer useful resources to support taking action for birds at home. Come learn how you can help make a difference!

Katie BlakeKatherine (Katie) Blake is the Bird-friendly Communities Manager for Audubon Connecticut. She manages Audubon’s Urban Oases, Schoolyard Habitat and Audubon at Home Programs. She works with numerous and diverse partners in creating bird friendly communities in Connecticut schools, parks and yards.  Katie coordinates activities and communications among partners and groups implementing urban oases demonstration sites and schoolyard habitats. She coordinates partnership meetings and collaborative projects in New Haven as a partner lead for the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Working together with staff naturalists, she conducts habitat assessments for landowners and educates people on the benefits of bird-friendly landscaping. Prior to joining Audubon, Katie was the Coordinator for the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership. Here she conducted forest landowner outreach and managed forest protection initiatives such as Forest Legacy grant applications. Prior to coordinating, Katie spent about eight years studying various bird populations on numerous research projects. For her Master’s thesis she studied Common and Roseate Tern staging ecology on Cape Cod, she traveled throughout South and Central America with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Golondrinas de las Americas studying Tachycineta swallow species and for several years, studied grassland bird productivity on a military airfield with New Jersey Audubon and Massachusetts Audubon Societies. Katie has a Master’s in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College.

May 23, 2018
Ospreys, Loons, and Menhaden
Dr Paul R. Spitzer