[CT Birds] Come see the "WOW EXPRESS" at Keney Park, Vine Street

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue May 15 07:09:47 EDT 2012

Saturday May 19th, 9am – 2pm
Come see the "WOW EXPRESS" at Keney Park, Vine Street

Celebration of City of Hartford Urban Bird Treaty

The WOW Express is the special and colorful mobile visitor center of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses rich natural diversity of the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed, which is an important migratory pathway for birds.

The historic City of Hartford parkland and open spaces are significant urban bird havens along this Atlantic flyway. Every spring and fall thousands of birds fly through Hartford and along the Connecticut River corridor during the seasonal migrations. The many local native birds living in Hartford further attest to the importance of these urban environments to the well being of birds.

The City of Hartford received a U.S. Fish& Wildlife Service challenge grant to improve migratory bird habitat, and to develop an educational guideline, a "Park Plant Palette" to describe bird habitat in detail. The City of Hartford is working in partnership with Trinity College Professor of Biology Dr. Joan Morrison; Park Watershed, Inc.; Parks& Recreation Advisory Commission; Friends of Keney Park, and Friends of Pope Park.

To celebrate the Hartford Urban Bird Treaty, the "WOW Express" will be located in Keney Park between 9am – 2pm on Saturday, May 19th 2012 near the Ebony Horsewomen arena on Vine Street just north of the Pond House at Keney Park. Dr. Morrison will conduct a bird watching walk around Keney Park pond that will begin at 9am from the WOW Express.

For a map of that area, please visit the new interactive website for City Parks: http://gis.hartford.gov/hartfordparks/index.html

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x308
Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins at audubon.org
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