The chapter serves the towns of Orange, West Haven, New Haven, Woodbridge, East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut.
Christmas Bird Count
The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Menunkatuck’s Guilford-Long Island Sound CBC will be on January 5, 2019.
Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you to gather data on winter bird populations.
Register for the CBC here.
Video from a yard cam
View our nest cams
|West River Memorial Park Osprey Camera||Hammonasset Osprey Camera
|Falkner Island Camera 1||Falkner Island Camera 2
|Barred Owl Camera Videos|
The owlets have fledged.
West River Memorial Park Urban Oasis Expansion
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 no 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.
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
In 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.
eBirding New Haven Area Urban Oases
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.
Audubon Bird Guide App, Now Free
- 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!
What to Do with Injured Wildlife
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.
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 second Wednesday of the month (except July and August).
Help with fundraising and marketing. If you have talent of knowledge in either of there areas, we need to hear from you!