Public meetings are at the Canoe Brook Center (map) on the fourth Wednesday of the months September through June.
October 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
A Bird Bird in the Hand
The Audubon Center at the Bent of the River (BOTR) conducts bird banding on the sanctuary grounds in order to make informed management decisions regarding the center’s shrubland habitat. During this evening’s presentation, A Bird in the Hand, Master Bander Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe will talk about the steps involved in banding songbirds (identification, aging, and sexing) and what that has been learned from the banding effort at the BOTR. This volunteer dependent banding station operates from May – June and September – October and has been in operation since 2013.
Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe is the Bird Conservation Programs Manager for Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society. In this position she leads the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds and also manages Stratford Point. Corrie also oversees the bird banding station at the Bent of the River. She began banding in 2002 and has participated in banding efforts on the Farallon Islands in California, at the Las Cuervas Research Station in Belize, with the North Atlantic Bird Observatory in Nova Scotia, and at the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point.
November 28, 2018, 7:00 pm
Plastics and Microplastics in Long Island Sound
Increasingly we are realizing the threats posed by plastics in a throw-away society. From huge floating debris circles in the Pacific to plastics being found in the depths of the ocean floor, we are seeing impacts to all of our oceans and marine environments. Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about how these impacts are affecting our Long Island Sound from wildlife habitat to shellfisheries and what we can do about it.
- Ms. Judy Preston, Moderator, Educator and Outreach for Long Island Sound Study at Connecticut Sea Grant, UCONN
- Mr. Patrick Comins – Executive Director for Connecticut Audubon Society
- Dr. Evan Ward – Professor and Head of Department of Marine Sciences, UCONN
- Mr. Ed Stilwagen – Owner and Operator of Atlantic Clam Farms
- Mr. Louis W. Burch, Connecticut Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment