[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Activities During October
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:
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.
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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