[CT Birds] State of the COA
Kathy Van Der Aue
kathyvda at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 09:34:52 EST 2016
We’ve had a very busy year. I write to you today to encourage you to renew
your membership and to attend our always fun and informative annual
meeting. Forms are in the mail. If you are not a member, NOW is the time
to join. You can do it right here: http://www.ctbirding.org/join.htm
Why should YOU be a member of COA? We have become a leading voice for the
birds in the State of Connecticut. Here are some of the reasons:
- Our listserve, CTBirds, provides a forum where current bird sightings
and all bird related topics can be discussed.
- Our calendar on the website gives up to date information about bird
related activities throughout the state.
- Our Avian Records Committee of Connecticut keeps the official
Connecticut bird checklist and reviews rare sightings for inclusion on that
list, 437 species, (so far!)
- Our publication* The Connecticut Warbler* is a highly respected
scientific journal in which educational articles, count records and other
data from the state are documented. It is circulated to all members and to
many Universities and ornithological organizations.
- Our quarterly *Bulletin* is a less formal publication showcasing items
of interest including photos of recent rarities, workshop reports and the
popular “25 Years Ago in the Warbler” series.
- Our Mini-Grant program provides financial support for projects that
benefit Connecticut’s birds.
- Our many informative COA Workshops are a great way to have fun and
improve your birding skills at the same time.
- Our initiative to improve relations with DEEP has resulted in several
important collaborations including being asked to provide the content for
the “In the Air” (birds) exhibit section of the new Meigs Point Nature
Center at Hammonasset.
- We have testified in person and in writing regarding a number of
environmental issues that have arisen around the state.
- We have been given a seat on the Governor’s Important Bird Area
Advisory Committee which meets quarterly.
- The COA Research Committee has several projects focusing on Long
Island Sound, both its birds and their environment. Those projects are done
in collaboration with the birding and science community in CT and
neighboring states. And its Black Rail project is searching for that
elusive species in CT marshes and nearby, with some success.
- Our Annual Meeting is where you can hear great speakers, have a hot
lunch, shop at the vendor space, participate in the raffle and visit with
birding friends old and new.
Join or renew today!
Kathy Van Der Aue, President
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