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Welcome to the New Haven Bird Club Website

We hope to provide an up-to-date resource of what's happening at the New Haven Bird Club and in the woods, fields, sky and beaches around the New Haven area. If you have any questions or suggestions, please drop us a line at ask.nhbc@gmail.com.

Connecticut's 29th Important Bird Area - West River Memorial Park and Edgewood Park

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!

New Field Trip – Whip-poor-will walk at Naugatuck State Forest, 6-17-16

Click here to see details on this new offering. Not too many bird walks on Friday evening!

Field Trip – Massaro Farm – Woodbridge, May 15,2016

This is a new walk – great for beginners

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Time to sign up for the banquet – May 12.2016

It is time to sign up for our big social event of the spring. We have a great speaker, good food and good friends.

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Hummingbird Project

We love hummingbirds. Everyone loves hummingbirds. one of our most popular presentations at the New Haven Bird Club was Alejandro Rico Guevara‘s talk on hummingbird feeding mechanisms.Alejandro is now working on a new project to explore the hummingbird’s superpowers. Also please read about his projects at

www.experiment.com/fightinghummingbirds . There are also links to help fund his research.

Do you want to be studied???

We study birds. Now somebody want to study birders.

Professor Thomas Palmeri of Vanderbilt University is is conducting a laboratory study on expertise and will focus on birders. They are currently conducting a research project testing birding experts funded by the National Science Foundation. They are trying to recruit birders of all experience levels, from beginners to experts.

If you are interested their experiments are all online. Birders can simply register and participate by copying and pasting this link into their browser: http://expertise.psy.vanderbilt.edu/

If you wish to know more about the research, visit thee Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/This-is-Your-Brain-on-Birds/158030504237705?sk=info&tab=page_info or visit the website at http://catlab.psy.vanderbilt.edu/

Annual Banquet – May 12

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Field Trip – Nehantic State Forest and Hartman’s Park, Lyme – May 14

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Field Trip – Naugatuck State Forest , Naugatuck – May 15

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Field Trip – Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington – May 21

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Field Trip - Bluebirds and Tree Swallows at Lake Chamberlain, Bethany - May 22

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Field Trip – Kellogg Environmental Center/Osborndale State Park, Derby – May 28

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Field Trip – First Wednesday Walk – White Memorial, Litchfield – June 1

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Bird Count – New Haven Summer Bird Count – June 4-5

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Field Trip – National Trails Day at Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck – June 4

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Field Trip – Beginners Birdwalk: Grassland and Shrubland Birds, Southbury – June 5

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Field Trip – Outer Cape, MA – June 10-12

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2015 Christmas Count results

Click here for the detailed results of this year’s count.

Membership Renewal now available On-line

We have added new functionality to the website to allow you to

Update your name, address and phone information Renew your membership Make a donation to the club

Just click above where it says “Join”

The next feature will be on-line registration for the banquet. You can still use the US Post Office but we are taking advantage of saving postage with these new features.