Conservation

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Menunkatuck’s conservation efforts allow us the opportunity to give back to nature and restore the delicate balance of the ecosystems in our area. Our aim is to minimize and mitigate the damage from human impact.

For 35 years Menunkatuck volunteers have installed, maintained, and monitored nest boxes for Tree Swallows, Purple Martins, Eastern Bluebirds, American Kestrels, Barn Owls, and Wood Ducks. Since 2014 they have installed more than 75 new and replacement Osprey platforms along the Connecticut coast from Greenwich to Stonington.

Other volunteers engage in removing non-native invasive plants from area parks and sanctuaries and replacing them with native perennials, shrubs, and trees. Our native Plant Sale for the Birds helps homeowners find plants that will provide birds the resources they need during migration and breeding.

We work with Audubon Connecticut, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other organizations in making the New Haven Harbor an Urban Wildlife Refuge.

Education and Outreach

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Monthly photo lectures offer diverse programs about Connecticut’s flora and fauna and tours of some of the best wild places in the world.

Our streaming bird cameras provide live video from an Osprey nest in New Haven and another at Hammonasset. Two cameras on Falkner Island stream nesting American Oystercatchers, and Roseate and Common Terns. In winter one camera shows hauled-out seals. 

MAS tables at fairs and festivals bringing information about birds, birding, and conservation to the community.

Community Science

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Menunkatuck participates in Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count and maintains extensive records of nest box results and has begun a survey of marsh migration in Guilford’s East River.

We participate in the Project Limulus horseshoe crab survey and are surveying the problem of bird/window collisions in New Haven.

Advocacy

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As an organization, Menunkatuck understands that to have a profound and lasting impact on the world around us, we need to engage politicians, regulators, and other decision makers in our projects. Through our advocacy efforts, Menunkatuck works to ensure the conservation of open space, sound development practices, and protection of of species and habitats.