[CT Birds] Chris Field to Talk on birds of the Higlands this Saturday at Audubon Sharon

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed Jan 7 12:11:23 EST 2009

Chris Field is going to be giving a talk on the highlands of Connecticut and the importance of the region to Connecticut's forest birds.  Details are below:


Ornithology and Ecology in CT's Highlands

Saturday, January 10

2:00 pm

Location: Sharon Audubon Center

Chris Field, Important Bird Areas Coordinator for Audubon Connecticut, will give a presentation highlighting the work Audubon Connecticut is doing in the northwest corner of the state, giving special emphasis to high priority forest birds. He will discuss several projects, including planning for a second-generation breeding bird atlas (and how you can help!), and a study to uncover indicators of forest ecosystem health in the highlands. There will be plenty of pictures and sounds of the birds that characterize this unique corner of the state.  Registration is not required.

Chris was recently presented a national New Star Ace Award at the National Audubon Society Holiday Party on December 17th.  Chris has really hit the ground running since starting in April. His technical skills add a new dimension to Connecticut's IBA program. He determined a method for converting IBA boundaries into Google Earth Format that will allow a new and innovative public outreach tool and is currently juggling 12 IBA conservation plans in various states of completion and has significantly advanced the planning process for each of those sites. Working with the Menunkatuck Chapter, he embarked on the first ever citizen science monitoring project aimed at Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, which we hope to expand to other states next year.

Chris also successfully administered Connecticut's first ever small grants program for IBA stakeholder groups, selecting projects to receive $20,000 worth of funding for implementation projects at IBAs. Among the projects funded were the installation of an irrigation system for the bird and butterfly gardens at Lighthouse Point Park, a vegetative survey of the heron rookery at Great Captains Island and a grant towards the purchase of 50 acres of prime upland habitat directly adjacent to the East River Marsh.

Coming this January...

Friday, January 16, 7:00pm- Local Flora of Connecticut and Montana Slideshow

Saturday, January 24, 10:00am- Holistic Environmental Living Series Part 1 of 3: Conservation

Sunday, January 25, 10:00am- Animal Menagerie Program for families



 Route 4, Sharon, CT 06069 / (860) 364-0520

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon Connecticut
pcomins at audubon.org


Audubon Center at Bent of the River
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury,  CT 06488
Phone:  (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x305
Fax: (203)264-6332

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