At its June, 2019 meeting the Menunkatuck board adopted a five year Strategic Plan to direct its activities through 2023. After a year’s study and discussion, the plan outlines strategic priorities in areas for Conservation, Capacity, and Education.
As a chapter along the Long Island Sound coast, Menunkatuck should be fully engaged in the conservation of the birds that migrate, breed, or winter in the Sound and its adjacent areas.
As part of the northeast megalopolis, Menunkatuck should mitigate the problems that birds of the Atlantic Flyway face in their efforts to migrate, breed, and winter. Loss of breeding habitat, especially for cavity-nesting birds; the danger of window strikes during all seasons; and the lack of sufficient food, especially during migration and breeding all deserve our attention.
With three new towns being added to the chapter area, Menunkatuck should integrate members in Orange, Woodbridge, and North Branford into chapter activities and projects. Achieving our conservation goals requires that we represent our entire community including our urban areas and young people.
After completing the majority of Osprey platform replacements and with extensive streaming video Menunkatuck has exhausted two major revenue streams. We should keep or increase the current level of member donations to the annual appeal and purchases from the plant sale.
The strength of Menunkatuck depends on a board committed to maintaining its strength by seeking new directors to bring fresh ideas.
One of the most productive ways to increase our capacity is the partnerships that we develop.
Education and decision making must be based on a sound scientific basis. We should use our membership of over 700 and 200 other interested individuals to recruit community science participants.
Menunkatuck should use its local presence to provide a wide array of community education opportunities.
Menunkatuck should use its role as part of the Audubon network and its respected position in the community to advocate for policies for the conservation of birds and other wildlife and the restoration and preservation of their habitats.
Read the Strategic Plan here.