Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival
Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England! Lighthouse Point Park is a recognized Important Birding Area.

  • Live Bird Show featuring Hawks and Owls!

  • See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations and visit the Livingston Ripley Conservancy Live Waterfowl exhibit

  • Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!

  • Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!

  • Tour the Historic Lighthouse!

  • Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!

  • Bird walks and more!

Suggested donation: $5/car. Proceeds go towards next year’s event.

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The Amazing World of Spiders
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Amazing World of Spiders

A spider’s web covered with dew, glistening in the morning sun is one of the most beautiful and amazing structures in the natural world. Many of us have learned about spiders by reading “Charlotte’s Web” as children or parents. However, these familiar images of spiders are just the beginning of an amazing array of spider shapes, sizes, colors, capabilities and lifestyles which can be found in our own neighborhoods and around the world. Spider webs six feet across, spider silk stronger than steel, spiders that spit silk onto their prey and spiders that can hunt small fish are just a few of the amazing stories to be shared.

A long-time admirer of spiders, Ted Gilman is senior naturalist and environmental education specialist at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT. He has served as an instructor in Audubon Workshops in Connecticut, Maine, Kenya, and Trinidad & Tobago. A graduate of Earlham College, he also did graduate work in environmental education and natural resources at Cornell University.

Mr. Gilman’s program on spiders will combine a PowerPoint presentation, illustrations, living specimens, “spider ghosts” and reference materials to help us to a better appreciation of these very special engineers and hunters.

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Connecticut's Owls
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Connecticut's Owls

Come join Fran Zygmont as he provides a program about owls in our region including some personal, entertaining stories about searching for owls. He’ll cover the owls one would expect to see in Connecticut’s habitats along with some tips to optimize the chances of having one vocally respond, or if lucky enough, actually see one. Fran will also cover the do’s and don’ts of looking for owls to both protect their existence while giving you a chance to enjoy them in the wild.

Fran is past President of the Audubon Council of Connecticut and Litchfield Hills Audubon Society. Currently he is on the Board of Directors for Aton Forest, Inc. of Colebrook.  Aton Forest owns and protects over 1400 acres and preserves the land for ecological research started by the late Dr. Frank Egler. Fran has led many bird walks and trips over the past 25 years and continues with a focus on education and sharing the enjoyment of birds based on his extensive knowledge of birds in Connecticut with focus on bird migration, owls, and bird song. A superb bird call imitator, Fran can imitate songs and calls of more than 40 common and uncommon birds in our region. Fran has participated in many bird censuses and competitions including the New Jersey World Series of Birding and currently holds the Connecticut State Big Day birding record (with a team of five known as the “Raven Lunatics”) with 193 species in a 24-hour period. 


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Birds, Birders, and Bird Photographers: The Lines Have Blurred
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Birds, Birders, and Bird Photographers: The Lines Have Blurred

See how photographing birds has changed over the years, from film based photography, to digital and now even iPhones! In today’s digital world it’s become a lot easier, with more and more birders photographing birds as well as watching them. Jim will show lots of photographs of birds we all love so much, recorded in U.S. locations ranging from here at home to Alaska, as well as hotspot birding destinations like Mexico and Costa Rica. There will be tips and suggestions along the way to help you take better images or simply help you enjoy watching our feathered friends.

Jim has been photographing birds for more than 40 years. His first published photograph was of a Saw-Whet Owl in The National Audubon Society's Encyclopedia of North American Birds in 1980. Since then Jim's photographs are published hundreds of times every year. His work has appeared in numerous magazines including National Geographic, Time, Audubon, Birdwatching, Wildbird, Discovery, Nature Conservancy and ABA’s Birding, as well as in calendars, field guides and books including The Birds of New England by Jim Roetzel and Jim Zipp published in 2008. Jim  travels throughout North America from Alaska to Florida as well as Canada, Mexico and Central America in search of new images with Alaska being a favorite that draws him back again and again.

For 25 years he, his wife Carol and son Ryan have also owned and operated The Fat Robin Wild Bird Shop in Hamden.


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Conserving Coastal Wildlife
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Conserving Coastal Wildlife

Join us to learn about the wonderful wildlife that inhabits Connecticut’s coast at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.  Wildlife biologist, Kris Vagos, will talk about some of the plants and animals that call the refuge home.  What does it take to provide them with the habitat that they need to live and thrive?  How do we protect them from threats?  What types of studies are going on to help the refuge manage this habitat into the future?  Find out how you can help in this effort to conserve Connecticut’s coastal wildlife.

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Return of the Peregrine
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Return of the Peregrine

Prior to World War II, the Peregrine Falcon was a rare breeder in Connecticut and was uncommon to rare throughout the year.  By the mid-1960s as a direct result of the widespread agricultural use of the organochlorine biocide DDT, peregrines were extirpated as breeding birds east of the Rocky Mountains.  Three events since then have led to the reestablishment of this species throughout the eastern United States:  the banning of the sale of DDT in the U. S. in 1972; the listing of the Peregrine Falcon on the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973; the reintroduction of captive peregrines to the East in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.  The highly successful recovery program has resulted in the removal of the peregrine from the U.S. ESA in 1999, and the species now is considered threatened on Connecticut’s list of endangered species.

Steve discusses the five known nest sites of peregrines in Connecticut during the period 1850-1948.  He then summarizes his ongoing studies of the peregrines that have been nesting at West Rock Ridge State Park in Woodbridge since his discovery of a pair of falcons there in 1999.  Peregrine life history strategies are the focus of these studies:  territoriality, behavior, vocalizations, foraging, mating, nest site selection and preparation, egg-laying, care of nestlings, nest success, and the changing local population of adults.  In the 2000 breeding season, the West Rock peregrines produced the first egg to be laid on a Connecticut cliff in 60 years. 

Steve Broker worked in science education in Connecticut for 45 years.  He taught high school physical and life sciences in the New Haven Public Schools for 23 years.  His university teaching as adjunct lecturer has included courses in ecology and forest & wetland ecology (University of New Haven, Master of Environmental Studies Program), biology (Quinnipiac University, Department of Biological Sciences), and teaching of science (Yale Teacher Preparation Program). 

Between two periods as a high school teacher, he served for five years as Associate Director of Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program and for three years as Director of Programs at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A., 1969, M.A.T., 1972) and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (M.F.S., 1983). 

Steve is a past-president of the New Haven Bird Club. He served as secretary of the Connecticut Ornithological Association for 10 years, vice-president for two years, and was COA president during 2017-2019. He has been the statewide compiler of the Connecticut Christmas Bird Count for 33 years and writes the yearly review article on the CBC for publication in the state journal of ornithology, The Connecticut Warbler. He has participated in the New Haven Christmas Bird Count each year since 1984, the New Haven Summer Bird Count since 1991, and most years of the Salmon River Christmas Bird Count since the mid-1980s.

His field studies focus on breeding Peregrine Falcons and Common Ravens at West Rock (Woodbridge), marsh birds on Outer Cape Cod, and participation in recent and past breeding bird atlases in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He currently is regional coordinator for Greater New Haven for the Connecticut Bird Atlas (2017-2021). Steve resides in Cheshire, CT and Wellfleet, MA with his wife, Linda Broker.

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Celebrate Fort Hale - An Environmental Destination
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate Fort Hale - An Environmental Destination

  • 11am‐2pm: Fishing — The DEEP CARE Fishing Program will provide loaner fishing rods, tackle and bait for a day of saltwater fishing. This event has a special fishing license exemption, so people of all ages may learn to fish without a fishing license.

  • 11:30am, 12:30pm: Birds of Prey Demonstrations by Audubon Sharon

  • 12pm: Ribbon Cutting Phase II Project Improvements with Mayor Toni Harp, DEEP and New Haven Elected Officials

  • 1 pm: Bird & Pollinator Friendly Native Plantings Workshop by the New Haven Urban Refuge Partnership

  • Family Friendly Activities — Bocce, Fun Bus, Environmental Education

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Whale Watch
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Whale Watch

Captain John Whale Watch Cruises from Plymouth, MA Town Dock

Cost: Group rate of $32.00 per person. DO NOT purchase your tickets through their website, otherwise you will be charged the full individual fee and we will not get credit for you being part of our group.

Check in at Ticket Booth: 1:00 PM

Vessel Underway: 2:00 PM

Return to Dock: Approx. 5:00 to 5:30 PM

7:30 AM – Group will depart in privately owned vehicles from Guilford, CT Commuter Parking Lot I-95 and Route 77 for arrival at John Carver Inn in Plymouth, MA by 11:00 AM in time to get lunch at the Hearth and Kettle Restaurant. Directions will be provided to interested participants.

12:30 PM – Proceed to Plymouth Town Dock and Whale Watch Cruise Office to get boarding passes. Upon return from the cruise, there are several other good restaurants around the dock area where we can go to have supper before heading back home.

To register for this trip, please go to Registration. For Phone Number, please give the cell phone number that the party can be reached at during the trip. If you click on the “More” button to indicate the number of people in your party, please send an e-mail to Carl R. Harvey at carl@menunkatuck.org stating the exact number of people that will be in your party. Please register as soon as possible to ensure that there is space available. Full payment must be made by July 27, 2019 to Menunkatuck Audubon Society. If paying by check, indicate in the memo section that it is for the Whale Watch and mail the check to Menunkatuck Audubon Society, PO Box 214, Guilford CT 06437. Payment can also be made by PayPal/credit card on the Whale Watch Payment page. Should it be necessary to cancel your registration for the trip, your money will be refunded up until July 27th.

If the company should cancel the trip, all passengers will be given their money back.

Specific directions for how to get to Plymouth will be provided at a later date.

For more information or to sign up for the trip, contact Carl R. Harvey at carl@menunkatuck.org.

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West River Water Festival
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

West River Water Festival

The Eighth Annual West River Water Fest will splash down at West River Memorial Park on Saturday, July 13, taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. at West River Memorial Park at the corner of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and Rt. 34.

This year’s activities will focus on teaching about the nature around the watershed and the things we can do to help care for it. Free canoe and kayak rides, coloring page activities, bird watching, fishing activities, and more! Free hot dogs and packaged snacks will be served throughout the event.

Activities include:

  • Free guided family canoe rides during the festival

  • Incredible bird life viewed from both land and water, and explained by knowledgeable guides—herons, egrets, ospreys, cedar wax wings, woodpeckers and many other types of sea and land birds

  •  Activities for smaller children including arts and crafts, coloring books, water games, and more

  •  Games, science experiments, and educational activities about the watershed ecosystem and aquatic animals


We hope to see you there!


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How to Coexist with Bears in our Midst: The Facts, the Myths, the Reality
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

How to Coexist with Bears in our Midst: The Facts, the Myths, the Reality

Join Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as she talks about black bears, focusing on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. She also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population and her personal observations on CT Black Bears.

Ginny moved from Texas to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted, CT 14 years ago which brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife. Living in a house surrounded by Peoples State Forest, she observes a large population of Black Bears and supplies field notes and photographs on them to DEEP bear biologists. Her affinity for this magnificent creature led her out west to participate in a Grizzly research mission in Montana and to become a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Climate Change, SLAMM II, and Resiliency Planning
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Climate Change, SLAMM II, and Resiliency Planning

Long Island Sound’s saltmarshes provide critically important habitat for a variety of water-birds, yet are among the most vulnerable habitats to climate change. Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) is a mathematical model uses digital elevation data and other information to simulate potential impacts of long-term sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines. SLAMM II adds additional factors including restrictions to march migration like culverts. David Kozak of the DEEP Office of Long Island Sound Programs will discuss how SLAMM II can be used to  predict concerns like road and wastewater plant flooding so that resiliency plans can be made.

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Behind the Scenes at A Place Called Hope
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Behind the Scenes at A Place Called Hope

Join Menunkatuck Audubon Society on Sunday, May 5, for a behind the scenes look at A Place Called Hope. We will get close looks at the resident birds and some of those undergoing rehabilitation. The visit will start at 1:00 p.m. and last for about an hour. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at menunkatuck.org/fieldtrips. A donation of $10 or an item from A Place Called Hope’s wish list is requested. For questions about the trip email Lorrie Shaw at lorrie@menunkatuck.org.

Photo credit: A Place Called Hope

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Celebrate Spring
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Spring

On Sunday, May 19, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm , Menunkatuck Audubon Society and Audubon Connecticut will participate in Massaro Farm’s Celebrate Spring Festival. Come learn about what Audubon is doing in the region for birds and people. Find out what can do to make your home  bird-friendly.

Each year, the farm hosts workshops to help you think of ways of to bring nature closer to you or your diet. Community vendors also share local talents, crafts, and fare as you wander around to some live music. But of course, you need to dance to the live music, which is why participants wrap the farm’s Maypole every year with bright ribbon, which serves as a reminder of Spring for us throughout the entire year.

Massaro Community Farm is a nonprofit, certified organic farm on 57 acres of land deeded to the Town of Woodbridge in 2007 by the Massaro Family, who had farmed the land since 1916. Learn more about Massaro’s Celebrate Spring Festival.

This is a free event.

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World Migratory Bird Day at Westville Village ArtWalk
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

World Migratory Bird Day at Westville Village ArtWalk

Spring is a busy time in the bird world with millions of birds making their way to northern breeding sites after a warm winter in Central and South America. Migration is such an important and impressive event in the animal world that bird enthusiasts throw a festival in its honor.

On Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Menunkatuck Audubon Society and Audubon Connecticut will commemorate our birds’ arduous journeys at Westville Village ArtWalk in New Haven’s Westville Village.

  • Guided bird walks through Edgewood Park

  • Meet and Greet live raptors from Audubon Sharon

  • Learn about the Important Bird Areas in the New Haven area, the New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge, and the Schoolyard Habitat program

  • Bird-friendly yard information

  • Kids activities

  • Guided bird walks through Edgewood Park. 

Learn more about Westville Village ArtWalk.

This is a free event.

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Earth Day at Hammonasset
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day at Hammonasset


Join Menunkatuck Audubon Society on Saturday, April 27, for an Earth Day celebration at Meigs Point Nature Center. Visit the Nature Center, take a bird walk with Menunkatuck, learn about bird-friendly practices, and view the Ospreys on their platform nest, both live and on the video stream in the Nature Center.

PhotoCredit : Meigs Point Nature Center, Friends of Hammonasset

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Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride and Green Fair
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride and Green Fair

Join Audubon bikers for the 11th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride. Start at West Rock, ride one of five routes with distances of 5 miles to 60 miles. Support the Audubon team here.

For non-cyclists or those waiting for friends to arrive at East Rock Park visit the Green Fair at College Woods. At 10:45 am, Audubon Connecticut will offer a guided spring bird walk leaving from College Wood Ranger Station. Will have binoculars for participants to borrow. The bird walk is open to all ages.

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Amphibians of Connecticut
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Amphibians of Connecticut

Every frog and salamander is cool in it’s own way. Join Ranger Russ Miller from the Meigs Point Nature Center and learn all about Connecticut’s native amphibian species in this fun program and then vote for the one that you think is the coolest one of all.

Ranger Russ has worked for the CT DEEP as an environmental educator with the department since 1985, beginning at the Rocky Neck Nature Center and working there until 2001 when he took over as the director of the Meigs Point Nature Center. That center became a year round facility in 2005.

Throughout his time with the DEEP he has been bringing high-quality environmental education programs to millions of school children and park visitors at the Nature Center and at schools, fairs, and various special events.

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Ecological Landscaping
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Ecological Landscaping

Are you interested in cultivating a garden that is in harmony with nature?

This presentation by Maggie Redfern, Interim Director of the Connecticut College Arboretum, will introduce environmentally sound practices including planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, letting naturalized plants grow, minimizing water consumption, reducing fossil fuel use, and not using chemicals.

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