The chapter serves the towns of Orange, West Haven, New Haven, Woodbridge, East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut.
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Hog Island Teen Camp scholarships available
Menunkatuck Audubon Society is pleased to announce that we are offering an Audubon Hog Island Camp Scholarship to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young birders and those interested in nature. The 2019 Scholarship will cover the full cost of ($1,395) of the Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens program from June 23-28, 2019.
The Connecticut Ornithological Association is also offering a scholarship to a Hog Island Teen Camp through its Zepko Scholarship program. Details can be found here.
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. We Continue to seek 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.
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.
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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!