Please join the celebration of the dedication of our own Edgewood Park and The West River Memorial Park dedication as an IBA (Important Bird Area). This will take place on Saturday June 11, 2016 from 11am to 3pm. It will be at the Barnard Nature Center, West River Memorial Park, 200 Derby Avenue, New Haven, CT. There will be bird banding, bird walks, canoe trips along the West River, the launch of live local osprey cam, family friendly games and activities. The Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on Marginal Drive (at the intersection of Derby Ave and Yale Ave. Rain Date: Sunday June 12 11am to 3pm.
These two parks have been identified as an Important Bird Area for 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 evening. Even more these parks also provide valuable stopover habitat for migrating birds, with 157 bird species observed in the park including a pair of Bald Eagles!