[CT Birds] Mowing at Rentschler

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Jun 6 12:34:19 EDT 2014

	Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  I have made the proper authorities aware of this potential violation of the Migratory  Bird Treaty Act.  The entity in charge of management there is the Matos Group (although this could be stadium activity related).  
	If folks are upset about this, and I suspect some of you are, it might help to express that displeasure to the Matos Group.   Though these species are state-listed, that is not the hook here, it is the migratory bird treaty act.    

It might be good to say that though we understand that the property is slated for development, these birds are quite endangered in the state and that you hope that mowing can be postponed until after August 15th so that the birds can have at least one more season of productivity before the property is developed. 

info at matosgroup.com

Telephone:  860-289-0120


More to follow.


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Connecticut
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Southbury, CT 06488

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Subject: [CT Birds] Mowing at Rentschler


I stopped by Cabelas today before work in hopes of photographing more sparrows and Bobolinks.

The back field that borders the run way has been partially mowed. It started at the far road/runway and continued towards the fallen gate by the jersey barriers and then a 20 foot swath right towards the old air traffic tower.

Does anyone know what the hell is going on with this?  I had set some perches up for the sparrows and those were all mowed over, and the grasshopper sparrows that were in that area at the beginning of the week seemed to be gone.
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