[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Schedule for October

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Tue Sep 25 10:52:02 EDT 2012


Following is the October schedule of activities of the New Haven Bird  
Club.  Once again, please note that indoor meetings are now held at  
the Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, in  
Hamden.  Directions to the Center and parking information are given  
below in case you missed the September meeting.

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, October 11, Robert Craig — Connecticut Habitat Atlas and  
the Green Corridor.  Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder  
Hill Drive, Hamden, CT.  Social half-hour at 7:00, program begins at  
Our speaker this evening is Robert Craig, General Director of Bird  
Conservation Research (BCR), a nonprofit foundation based in Putnam,  
CT. The group provides original scientific data for driving  
conservation action by users as diverse as land trusts, biology  
educators, planning and zoning commissions and even the National Park  
Service. Of special interest to us is that the foundation’s focus is  
on the most diverse wildlife group: birds and the habitats that  
support them. BCR has conducted a Forest Bird Survey of Southern New  
England. This summer-winter quantitative survey of the populations,  
distributions, and habitat preferences of forest birds in Connecticut  
and Rhode Island was conducted along 148 transects and logged the  
occurrence of more than 50,000 individuals of nearly 100 species. It  
concurrently made nearly 18,000 measurements on habitats. Robert  
Craig is perfectly suited for his job—he has studied birds for 40  
years. Educated at Rutgers and UConn, he focused on wildlife  
management and ornithology and earned a PhD in zoology from UConn.  
His research has led to nearly 100 contributions to the scientific  
literature.  For more information: 203-230-1697 or  

Directions to the Whitney Center (WC):

 From I-95 North or South: Exit onto I-91 North in New Haven. Take  
Exit 6 (Willow St.).  At end of ramp turn right onto Willow and  
proceed to the end (Whitney Ave.). Turn right onto Whitney and go  
approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Putnam Avenue.

On Putnam go approximately .07 mi, (3 traffic lights) and turn right  
onto Leeder Hill (ATT bldg is at that intersection). Go .06 mi. on  
Leeder Hill to the South Entrance (big sign) of WC on the left. Turn  
in and take an immediate left into a raised parking area. Meeting is  
in the South Bldg., accessed via the main door of the portico that is  
in view from the parking lot. Turn right down the hallway. Cultural  
Arts Center is a short distance on the left.

 From I-91 South: Take Exit 6 (Willow St.) in New Haven. At end of  
ramp, turn right onto Willow and proceed as above.

 From Wilbur Cross (Rte. 15) northbound: Take Exit 61 (Whitney Ave).  
Turn left at end of ramp, go 2.4 mi., turn right onto Putnam.

 From Wilbur Cross (Rte. 15) southbound: Take Exit 61 (Whitney Ave.  
New Haven). At end of ramp go right. Proceed to Putnam.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Allen’s Meadow, Wilton. Wednesday, October 3,  
2012 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public. Come visit this excellent  
location for fall migrants, especially sparrows. White-crowned and  
Lincoln’s Sparrows are seen here regularly in the fall and it’s a  
good location to find Dickcissel, Blue Grosbeak and other rare fall  
migrants. Harris’s Sparrow was seen here several years ago.  Meet at  
the main meadow parking area, near the community gardens, off Rte.7.   
Luke Tiller leads. Contact—Tina Green: 203.247.2660,  
tina at renaissancestudios.com For more information:  

Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, Derby.   
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8:00 am. Free and open to the public.   
Enjoy a walk at this fine local birding location. The environmental  
center and state park boast a variety of habitats, including open  
fields, woodlands, and ponds. We’ll be looking for fall migrants,  
including warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and sparrows.  Meet at the  
Kellogg parking lot:  500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.   Leader—Maria  
Stockmal: 203.488.3876, m.stockmal at snet.net

Great Stratford Bird Festival, Family Bird Walk at Beardsley Park,  
Bridgeport.  Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m.  Families and  
beginning birdwatchers are welcome on this tour of Beardsley Park.   
Park near the entrance gate of the zoo parking lot (1875 Noble  
Avenue).  We will meet at the Hansen Exploration Center (in the  
parking lot), proceed out of the Zoo along Bunnell’s Pond and the  
Pequonnock River, then explore Wheeler-Fairchild Park.  This walk is  
part of the Great Stratford Birding Festival; additional information  
about festival activities can be found at http:// 
www.stratfordbirdfestival.com/.   Leader—Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe;  
203.630.9640, cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org

Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Saturday, October 13, 8:00 am. Free  
and open to the public.  Visit one of Connecticut's best fall birding  
spots, where the abundance of some migrants and sightings of less  
common species can make for a truly memorable trip. The walking is  
easy, as it is on level ground.  Meet at the park entrance (I-95 to  
exit 62).  Leader: Flo McBride: 203 288-6777 or jmcbride at yale.edu.

THE BIG SIT!®  Sunday, October 14. Free and open to the public.   
Established by NHBC, The Big Sit!® has become an international event,  
with birders participating on four continents. The object is to  
record as many species of birds as possible in a single day from one  
17-foot diameter circle. The circles for the event are located  
strategically at a number of birding hotspots in the state. Join  
other birders in one of these circles or create one of your own! You  
don’t have to be a hard-core birder to join in the fun. The event is  
now run by Bird Watcher’s Digest. For details, go to the Bird   
Watcher’s  Digest  website: <birdwatchersdigest.com> or John Triana:  
203.758.7203, jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net

Branford Supply Ponds, Branford.  Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:00  
am. Free and open to the public.  Visit this fine local birding  
location to look for fall migrants and resident species.  A variety  
of waterfowl can be found in the ponds.  There is varied habitat,  
with woods and shrubby areas.  The walking is easy, although it is  
hilly in some areas.  Meet at the Supply Ponds parking lot on  
Chestnut Street in Branford.  Leader—Maria Stockmal:  203-488-3876 or  
m.stockmal at snet.net

Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director

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