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February 2018

The Second Annual Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County

February 3 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Held on Super Bowl Weekend!!!

Come join in on a fun and friendly event! Compete with other birders and win prizes and get your team’s name inscribed on the prestigious Mega Bowl Trophy!

When: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 6 am to 5 pm. (Dinner from 5:30 pm to 7 pm)

Where: New Haven County from Milford to Madison (and north to Waterbury and Meriden), CT

Why: to have fun birding and socialize with other birders

How it works:

Birders join together in groups of 3 or 4 people and go birding wherever they like within New Haven County on the day of the event. They record the birds they observe and earn points for each species recorded. Each species has a point value from 1 to 5 with 1 point for the most common species and 5 points for the rarest species. The point values are determined by how common or rare the species is in New Haven County in early February. If a team is the first team of the day to find a rare (5-point) bird, they will be awarded an additional 3 points for calling it in right away so that other teams will have the opportunity to observe it.

The teams will meet at the end of the event and have dinner and share stories. The meeting will be at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby. A delicious dinner will be served. The results will be tabulated and a winning team will be determined. The winning team will get its name inscribed on the Mega Bowl Trophy! Prizes will be awarded to every participant. Special prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest point total, the highest species total, and other accomplishments to be determined. Some prizes will be obtained through the generous support of The Fat Robin in Hamden and The Audubon Shop in Madison.

Teams will have to strategize where to go to get the most points. Some teams might start along the coast and then go inland, while others might do the opposite. Birders could choose to go to local birding spots that they know well, or to other areas to see specific species that are typically found there. They can visit any public site (such as a state or town park), but they must obey standard birding etiquette rules and obey all property signs and rules

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December 20172017

118th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2017 @ 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Join other NHBC members in this fun event, steeped in tradition. Take part for a few hours or all day. Join birders in the field or report what you see in your backyard (if you reside within the count circle). The results of the count are sent to the National Audubon Society for inclusion in an international census of early winter bird populations. The compilation dinner is at 5 PM at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden.

Compiler and Organizer – Chris Loscalzo

closcalzo@optonline.net

203-389-6508

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September 2017

Bird Count – Hawk Watch, Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven; Daily September to December

September 1, 2017 @ 7:00 am - December 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating raptors as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts daily at 7 AM and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop by anytime.

Coordinator: Steve Mayo

rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

203-393-0694

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June 2017

Bird Count – New Haven Breeding Bird Count – Steve Mayo

June 3, 2017 @ 5:00 am - June 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your song identification skills and see what birds are nesting in your area. For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader Steve Mayo. Meet at various points.

Leader: Steve Mayo, 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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February 2017

The Mega Bowl of Birding! Held on Superbowl Sunday

February 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Osbornedale State Park,
500 Hawthorne ave, Derby, CT 06418 United States
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MEGA BOWL RULES 1. Have Fun. The Mega Bowl is a celebration of birds, birding, and birders. Enjoy the birds that you see and the birders with whom you see them. 2. Be safe. The Mega Bowl is held in the middle of winter. It will be cold and roads and trails may be icy. Remember: SAFETY FIRST. Do not do anything that would imperil yourself or one of your fellow birders. Obey property boundaries, traffic rules, and laws. Dress warmly. 3. Sign up for the event. Sign up as a member of a team of 3-4 birders, or submit your name to the coordinator and be assigned to a team. Create a name for your team. The team leader should submit his or her cell phone number to the Mega Bowl Coordinator so that he/she can be contacted if a rare (5-point) bird is observed by another team. 4. Get some pledges. This is not required, but is encouraged. Get a friend, family member, or employer to pledge an amount of money for each point your team earns. Or, make a small donation, if you like. The money collected will be donated to the New Haven Bird Club and/or the conservation organization of your choice. 5. Plan ahead. Look over the checklist and plan an itinerary for your birding day. Do some advance scouting, if possible. Be prepared to make some last minute changes to your plans based upon the weather conditions on the day of the event. 6. Go birding! On the day of the event, go birding anywhere in New Haven County. Record the birds that you observe on the Mega Bowl Checklist. For a species to be counted, it must be observed by a majority of the team’s members. Accuracy is important. Be sure of the identification of every species, especially uncommon and rare ones. Call in the observation of a rare (5 or 7-point) species to the coordinator without delay and your team will be awarded an additional 3 points. Do not use electronic devices to call in or attract birds. This includes owl calls before dawn. 7. Attend the compilation dinner. Come to the Kellogg Environmental Center at the end of the day to submit your checklist, share stories with other birders, and enjoy dinner. Prizes will be awarded to every participant and special prizes will be awarded to the teams scoring the most

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December 20162016

Bird Count – 117th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count

December 17, 2016 @ 1:00 am - 6:00 pm
Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center,
200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT United States
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Join other NHBC members in this fun event, steeped in tradition. Take part for a few hours or all day. Join birders in the field or report what you see in your backyard (if you reside within the count circle). The results of the count are sent to the National Audubon Society for inclusion in an international census of early winter bird populations. The compilation dinner is at 5:00 pm at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden. Compiler: Chris Loscalzo, email closcalzo@optonline.net, phone 203-389-6508

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August 2016

Bird Count – Lighthouse Point Hawk Watch

August 31, 2016 @ 7:00 am
Lighthouse Point,
21 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512 United States
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August 31 – December 1

Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating raptors, as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts daily at 7:00 am and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop by anytime. Coordinator: Steve Mayo, contact – rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net, c.203-393-0694

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June 2016

Bird Count – New Haven Summer Bird Count

June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016

This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your song identification skills and see what birds are nesting in your area. For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader Steve Mayo: 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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May 2016

Bird Count – Big Day Marathon

May 7, 2016 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Take part in all or part of this event. We’ll focus on New Haven area hotspots, seeking 100-130 species. We start at East Rock and search several other local migrant traps, as well as the coast from Lordship to Hammonasset. Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot, 915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, at 6:00 am.

Leader: John Oshllick: 203-584-1955 or john.oshlic@yahoo.com

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December 20152015

Bird Count – 116th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count

December 19, 2015 @ 12:05 am - 12:00 pm

Join other NHBC members in this fun event, steeped in tradition. Take part for a few hours or all day. Join birders in the field or report what you see in your backyard (if you reside within the count circle). The results of the count are sent to the National Audubon Society for inclusion in an international census of early winter bird populations. The compilation dinner is at 5:00 pm at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Hamden. Compiler/contact is Chris Loscalzo: 203-389-6508 or closcalz@optonline.net

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November 2015

Bird Count – NHBC 23rd Annual Winter Feeder Survey

November 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am

November 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016

This is a yearly census to determine the number and frequency of birds visiting feeders in the greater New Haven area. You are invited to watch and record the activity at your feeder at least once a week for the entire time period. Contact: Peter Vitalii: 203-288-0621 or vitali_peter_e@sbcglobal.net

 

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October 2015

Bird Count – THE BIG SIT! ®

October 10, 2015 @ 6:00 am - October 11, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

THE BIG SIT! ®, established by the NHBC, has become an international event, with birders from all over the world participating in it. The object is to record as many species of birds as possible in one day from one 17-foot diameter circle. The circles are located at a number of birding hot spots throughout CT. Join other birders in one of the established circles or create your own. You don’t have to be a hardcore birder to join in the fun. Bird Watcher’s Digest runs the event now. For details, go to the Bird Watcher’s Digest website (www.birdwatchersdiigest.com) or contact John Triana: 203-758-7203 or jtriana1@sbcglobal.net

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August 2015

Bird Count – Hawk Watch, Lighthouse Park, New Haven

August 31, 2015 @ 7:00 am

August 31 to December 1, 2015

Lighthouse Point Park on New Haven Harbor is one of the premier locations in southern New England for observing migrating raptors, as well as a wide variety of songbirds. The watch starts daily at 7:00 am and continues as long as the hawks keep flying. Stop by anytime. Coordinator: Steve Mayo: 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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June 2015

New Haven Summer Bird Count

June 6, 2015 - June 7, 2015

This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your song identification skills and see what birds are nesting in your area. For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader Steve Mayo: 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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December 20142014

115th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count

December 20, 2014

Join other NHBC members in this fun event. Take part for a few hours or all day. Results of the count are sent to the National Audubon Society for inclusion in an international census of early winter bird populations. The compilation dinner starts at 5:00 pm at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Compiler and contact person: Chris Loscalzo: 203-389-6508 or closcalz@optonline.net

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November 2014

NHBC 22nd Annual Winter Feeder Survey

November 1, 2014

This is a yearly census to determine the number and frequency of birds visiting feeders in the greater New Haven area. You are invited to watch and record the activity at your feeder at least once a week for the entire time period. Contact: Peter Vitali at 203-288-0621 or vitali_peter_e@sbcglobal.net.

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June 2014

Summer Bird Count

June 7, 2014 @ 12:00 am - June 8, 2014 @ 11:55 pm
Outdoor Walk

This is a wonderful opportunity to work on your song identification skills and see what birds are nesting in your area. For the names of area captains and other information, contact leader Steve Mayo: 203-393-0694 or rsdmayo@sbcglobal.net

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