[CT Birds] IBA Designation Event at Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park in New Haven this Saturday 11-3pm

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Fri Jun 10 16:10:32 EDT 2016

Dear CT Birding Community,

Audubon Connecticut and New Haven conservation partners will be joined by Mayor Tony Harp, State Representative Pat Dillon, Alderman Darryl Brackeen Jr, Alderman Richard Furlow, and other officials to celebrate a newly designated Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA), West River Memorial Park and Edgewood Park, on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barnard Nature Center (200 Derby Ave., New Haven). The designation ceremony will take place from 1:00 p.m.to 1:35 p.m. with a photo opportunity from 1:35 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. In addition to the ceremony, the celebration will include a chance to learn more about area birds and explore this new IBA on bird walks, nature walks, via bird banding, and more.

This event, which is open to the public, will also include the launch of the nature center’s Osprey Camera, a collaborative project between the Menunkatuck Audubon Society; New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees; New Haven Public Schools; Barnard Nature Center; and Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School and can be viewed at: menunkatuck.org/west-river-memorial-park-osprey-camera<http://menunkatuck.org/west-river-memorial-park-osprey-camera/>. More event details can be found online at ct.audubon.org/events<http://ct.audubon.org/events>.  I hope you can make it!

West River Memorial Park and Edgewood Park are receiving this IBA designation for the presence of Rusty Blackbirds, a species considered globally vulnerable. Most winters, as many as 120 Rusty Blackbirds are reported at the North end of Edgewood Park using the park’s wooded wetlands to forage and also roost in the evenings. Even more, these parks also provide valuable stopover habitat for many migrating birds, with 157 bird species observed in the park including a pair of nesting Bald Eagles. To learn more about the Audubon Connecticut Important Bird Areas program, visit ct.audubon.org/conservation/important-bird-areas<ct.audubon.org/conservation/conservation/important-bird-areas>.

Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe
Important Bird Area Program Coordinator
Audubon Connecticut
Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org

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