We will try to reschedule this event. Keep an eye on the website for further details.
We will try to reschedule this event. Keep an eye on the website for further details.
To not conflict with Holy Thursday and Passover we decided to move April’s meeting to the 20th.
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Hours of steady snowfall resulting in the accumulation of four to five inches of snow on the ground. Several hours of rain turning that snow into slush and ice. And, that was just the weather before noon! The 117th annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count was held under difficult conditions, to say the least. But, the birding teams really came through and demonstrated their expertise, resilience, and determination. Everyone covered their areas to the best of their abilities and found birds everywhere they went. They took advantage of the better weather conditions in the afternoon and collectively found an astounding 124 species in the count circle on count day. An additional four species were found during count week. Rarities were found in many locations, including inland and along the coast. The compilation dinner afterwards was delicious and well-attended, as usual. It was a just reward for a job well done.
The Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County!
Held on Super Bowl Sunday!!!
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: Sunday, February 5th, 2017 from 6 am to 4 pm. (Dinner from 4:30 pm to 6 pm)
Where: New Haven County from Milford to Madison (and north to Waterbury and Meriden), CT
Why: to have fun birding, socialize with other birders, and raise money for the New Haven Bird Club (the event host) and other environmental organizations of your choice
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 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 of the road.
Participants have the opportunity, but not the obligation, to raise money for the event by having friends, family members, or employees pledge a certain amount of money for each point their team earns. A voluntary donation is an option, as well. The money raised will go to the New Haven Bird Club and any other environmental organization of the team’s choosing.
The Mega Bowl is inspired by the Superbowl of Birding held each January in Northeast New England by Mass Audubon. The organizers of that event have generously given their consent for us to hold our own, similar event.
Anyone interested in participating in the Mega Bowl will need to register in advance. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 31st. Participants may sign up as a team, or individuals can submit their names and they will be put in contact with other individuals looking to become members of a team. The participants are encouraged to be creative in coming up with a name for their team.
In the event of inclement weather on the 5th, the event may be held on Saturday, February 11th.
The official rules for the event and the Mega Bowl Checklist of bird species will be posted in the near future.
Chris Loscalzo 1/23/17
Mega Bowl Coordinator
203 389-6508 or email@example.com
Fargeorge Wildlife Refuge Trip Report: 22 people attending the New Haven Land Trust – New Haven Bird Club joint fieldtrip on Saturday Nov 5, 2016 to the New Haven Land Trust’s Fargeorge Wildlife refuge off of Quinnipiac Ave in New Haven. The weather was chilly and a little cloudy to start. Temperature = 30F to 45F Beginning to End. The Tide was Dead Low to start. We had no wind at all so there were no active migrators.
Some of the highlights were: lots of Ruby and Golden Crowned Kinglets – See Picture below, a Woodcock, and a Purple Finch. A grand time was had by all. A great thank you goes to the good folks at the New Haven Land Trust.
The following is a list of bird species seen and /or heard by the attendees:
Total Species Seen = 43
Species order from: “A Checklist of the Birds of New Have County Connecticut”. Rev of 2009 for the New Haven Bird Club by Chris Loscalzo
Something great is happening in our neighborhood. Small areas of public land throughout New Haven are being transformed into islands of bird habitat in a sea of urban development.
The idea is to create super areas that are overly abundant with plants that produce fruit and seeds and that host insects. Many hours have been put in already to remove invasive non-native vegetation, plant indigenous trees, shrubs, and perennials, and erect deer netting. These ‘Urban Oases’ may not support large populations of nesting birds but will provide critical stop over areas during spring and fall migrations. Think migration hotspots.
The initiative to create these areas has been spearheaded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Audubon Connecticut (the state office of the National Audubon Society), in partnership with: Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Center; Yale Urban Resources Initiative; the City of New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees; Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Long Island Sound Study; Yale Peabody Museum; Menunkatuck Audubon Society; New Haven Public Schools; and local neighborhood groups.
Some of these Urban Oases sites are within Important Bird Areas (IBA), Lighthouse Point Park and the new West River Memorial/Edgewood Parks dedicated on June 11, 2016. Other Urban Oases sites are in Beaver Ponds Park and East Shore Park to name a few.
Audubon Connecticut has conducted invertebrate and bird surveys to determine the success of the planting and management efforts. If the area hosts a more diverse, indigenous population of plants there will be an increase in insects. And insects are bird food, food that is needed during migration.
What can Member of the New Haven Bird Club can do to support the Urban Oases?
Entering Your Observations into eBird:
There are two more survey dates Sep 21 and Oct 05. These dates fall in the middle the warbler and sparrow migrations and expertise is needed.
Please contact Craig Repasz 203-745-6683 firstname.lastname@example.org
What else can we do?
Many of the Urban Oases sites have local neighborhood support groups like the Friends of Beaver Ponds Park that will fight invasives, water new plantings, and work on trails. However West River Memorial Park Urban Oases site is not receiving any such love except from one stalwart volunteer from Menunkatuck Audubon Society and he needs help.
The area has new planting of native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. The area of has now been inundated with mungwort that has choked out meadow flowers (yes the area is great for butterflies) and fruit bearing shrubs. If we can get a group of five to ten people to spend a few hours with volunteers from Menukatuck Chapter and with the support of New Haven Parks and Recreation, we can clean the area of the mugwort and give these new plantings a fighting chance. We may need volunteers to monitor the site in the spring.
We would like to set this work party sometime in October. Please contact Craig Repasz (email@example.com)
The new yearbook has made it way to your mailbox. All the meetings are loaded and I am in the process of loading up fieldtrip on the website. I am making sure every event has a location with maps on the website to make it easier to find you way to the walks and talks. Just click on the Calendar tab. The bird calendar is a bit different that our seasonal calendar. We begin to see fall migrations in August. We are looking forward to seeing you all at another year of great walks and talks.
Pat Leahy – Webmaster
We have added new functionality to the website to allow you to
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.