[CT Birds] Long Island Sound License Plate Funds Fully Restored & Dogwood Trees Response

Pam & Skip Holden p.s.holden at comcast.net
Wed Oct 7 15:50:17 EDT 2009

Fantastic!  I hope it goes through for the wildlife conservation plates,
along with the bird stamp funds.  I just got my wildlife plate in August and
then I heard about this and was pretty upset.

Thanks for the update.
Colchester, CT

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[mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of COMINS, Patrick
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 1:59 PM
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Cc: BRESLIN, Sandy
Subject: [CT Birds] Long Island Sound License Plate Funds Fully Restored &
Dogwood Trees Response

Since a lot of people called their legislators on this issue and have been
asking for an update, I wanted to let folks know that the funds for the Long
Island Sound License Plate have been fully preserved, both the $600,000 plus
balance currently in the account, and any funds collected in the future.
Thank you to Attorney General Blumenthal for leading the charge on this, to
the Connecticut Fund for the Environment for providing the legal argument,
to you for contacting your legislators (which really does make a difference)
and to the legislature for restoring these funds.

Unfortunately, the funds for the Wildlife Conservation License Plate and
other conservation-related plates, as well as the migratory bird stamp funds
have not yet been restored.  We are working on that right now so stay tuned
for further updates and alerts.  It's not over yet!

Thank you!



PS  Regarding Chris Lovell's post.  Dogwoods of all kinds are a favorite of
birds, but especially the flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) because of
their fatty fruit that coincides with migration timing.  Pagoda dogwoods
(Cornus alternifolia) are also nice and their fruit can persist into
migration time.  Some of my other favorite fall-fruiting trees also include
magnolias, star magnolia (Magnolia stellata), Virginia (swamp or sweetbay)
magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) and Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuminate) in
particular.  All can be spectacular migrant magnets.  Star Magnolias aren't
native to the US, Cucumber Trees are native to as close as western NY and
whether or not virginiana is native to CT is a matter of debate, but they
are native to Long Island, so very close.  Star Magnolias have a long
history in cultivation and I have not heard of reports of them being
invasive at all.  The specimens at the bent are always hopping with birds
this time of year.

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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