[CT Birds] Data, ebird and birding events this weekend.

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Jun 5 12:08:46 EDT 2009

There is a tool to help with this...eBird.  http://www.ebird.org
While not perfect, if large numbers of birders entered their data, including data on common species, we would have a great way to detect gross trends in birds in all seasons and know much more about the abundance and distribution of species of conservation need in the state.  Knowing where focal species occur is an important first step in any efforts to protect areas that are important for birds.

Other important tools include the upcoming Summer Bird Counts and the Breeding Bird Survey, which several have mentioned.  Both of these need more volunteers.  The Summer Bird Counts are our primary tool for detecting gross trends in bird populations throughout the state and the Breeding Bird Survey, because of its standardized procedures and rigorous analysis by the US Geological Survey and US Fish and Wildlife Service, is the currently the only way to determine reasonably precise trends and population estimates for most species of nesting birds in North America.  More information and the results of this analysis can be found here:


Additionally, there are a myriad of other inventory and monitoring projects that are in need of volunteers to collect data on the birds of Connecticut, including Audubon's project to inventory nesting forest birds in the White Memorial and Mohawk State Forest area and surrounding environs.  (please contact me if you would like to help)

Also, getting out and taking part in these efforts (including eBird) can be a good way to gear up for an update of Connecticut's Breeding Bird Atlas, something that is sorely needed.



PS  Bird events this weekend from the CT Birding Events calendar:
Friday, June 5th:
8:00pm Audubon Sharon Full Moon Hike
Saturday, June 6:
6:00am CT Audubon's Early Bird Nature Photography Walk in Pomfret
6:30am Hartford Audubon Society Station 43, South Windsor.
7:00am Hartford Audubon Society Barkhamsted and East Hartland
7:00am New Haven Bird Club West Rock Ridge : The Ridge Top from New Haven to Bethany.
7:45am The Audubon Shop Spring Birdwalks at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison.
8:00am Aton Forest Bird Walk
8:00am CT Audubon's Early Bird Walks in Milford
9:30am CT Audubon Family Canoe & Birding Trips in Milford
Sunday, June 7
All day Woodbury Roxbury Summer Bird Count
7:00am Birding By Ear A COA workshop Leaders : Ken Elkins, Patrick Comins, Randy Domina, Roy Harvey and others. Place : Audubon Center at Bent of the River
7:00am Hartford Audubon Society Bantam River Paddle Trip, Litchfield
7:00am Hartford Audubon Society Ethel Walker Woods, Simsbury
9:00am First Sunday bird walks at Greenwich Point Park
10:00am Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Duck day at Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy with LHAS
1:00pm Audubon Sharon Nature Walk

Please see http://www.ctbirding.org/calendar.htm for complete details.

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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