[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Activities During October

Larry Bausher LPBausher at comcast.net
Wed Sep 25 09:54:31 EDT 2013


Here is the New Haven Bird Club’s schedule of activities during October:

Indoor Meeting:

Thursday, October 10.  Audubon Connecticut Staff — “New Haven as an  
Urban Refuge for Birds and People”. Whitney Center Cultural Arts  
Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT.  Social half-hour at 7:00,  
program begins at 7:30.  For more information: 203-230-1697 or  
Four New Haven Parks are getting a makeover, thanks to the Stewart B.  
McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. In partnership with other groups,  
the NWR has received funding to promote and enhance these parks and  
other sites deemed Urban Refuges, places the public can go to enjoy  
and learn about the great outdoors. The areas also provide essential  
habitat for wildlife. During this evening’s program, Audubon  
Connecticut staff members Michelle Frankel (Conservation Biologist)  
and Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe (Important Bird Area Program Coordinator)  
will share details on project activities including habitat  
improvements, planting of wildlife-attracting gardens at four area  
schools, developing and training teachers to implement School-yard  
Habitat lesson plans, and engaging the public through interpretive  
walks, festivals, and citizen science. So keep an eye on the  
transformation of the 4 local parks: Beaver Pond Park, West River  
Memorial Park, Dover Beach, and East Shore Park.

Field Trips:

First Wednesday Walk: Osbornedale State Park, Derby. Wednesday,  
October 2, 2013 8:00 am.  Free and open to the public. Join us on a  
visit to this fine Derby birding site. It has a varied habitat,  
including freshwater ponds, open fields, and woods.  Rarities have  
been found here, most notably the Western Flycatcher, a first state  
record, a few years ago.  Meet at the Kellogg Environmental Center  
parking, 500 Hawthorne Ave. (across the street from park entrance).   
Leader: Roy Harvey.  Contact:Tina Green: 203-247-2660 or  
tina at renaissancestudios.com.  For more information:  

Kellogg Environmental Center/Osbornedale State Park, Derby.   
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8:00 am. Free and open to the public.   
Join past president Maria Stockmal on a walk at this fine local  
birding spot. It boasts a variety of habitats—open fields, woodlands,  
and ponds.  We’ll look for fall migrants, including warblers,  
sparrows, flycatchers, and vireos.  Meet at Kellogg parking lot, 500  
Hawthorne Avenue. Derby.  Leader: Maria Stockmal: 203-488-3876 or  
m.stockmal at snet.net

THE BIG SIT!®  Sunday, October 13, 2013. 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
Contact—John Triana: 203.758.7203, jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net

Hammonasset State Park, Madison. Saturday, October 19, 2013, 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.

Beginner’s Bird Walk at East Shore Park, New Haven. Saturday, October  
19, 2013, 8:30 am.  Free and open to the public.  We’ll look for  
songbirds on their fall migration and talk about the importance of  
parks in developed landscapes as stopover habitats for migrants.   
We’ll search the pines at the park’s north end, then visit the  
Habitat Oases demonstration garden. This walk is geared to beginners  
but birders of all levels and families are welcome. Advanced birders  
will enjoy a day out and can provide support and inspiration to the  
newcomers. Park entrance is at intersection of Woodward Ave. and  
Tuttle St.  Park in lot north of baseball fields, next  to sewage   
treatment  plant. Leader: Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe:  203-630-9640 or  
cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org.

Branford Supply Ponds, Branford.  Saturday, October 26, 2013, 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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