Connecticut’s State of the Birds 2018

Photo by Chris Bosak A Snowy Owl sits on an old telephone pole at The Coastal Center at Milford Point in early March 2014. Smoke stacks in Bridgeport loom in the background.

Here’s the 2018 State of the Birds report from the Connecticut Audubon Society. (Press release shamelessly copy/pasted here.)

November 29, 2018 — For the scores of migratory and nesting bird species in Connecticut to survive and thrive, the state’s cities and suburbs must create, maintain, and improve their local habitats in everything from small neighborhood parks to larger nature preserves.

That’s the key finding of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s 2018 State of the Birds report, released today at a news conference at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.

Titled “In Cities and Suburbs: A Fresh Look at How Birds Are Surviving in Connecticut,” the report shows how the state’s most heavily-developed areas are crucial to the survival of the state’s and the region’s birds. Some of the most vulnerable species nest in Connecticut’s cities, and research shows that city parks are more important to migrating birds than previously known. This is the 13th annual version of Connecticut State of the Birds.

“The health of birds and of the natural areas they use is linked to the ecological health of the state’s cities and suburbs,” said Patrick Comins, Connecticut Audubon’s executive director. “Connecticut has the highest percentage of areas where high quality wildlife habitat is intermixed with developed areas in the U.S. How we manage the landscape has an impact on these habitats more than they otherwise would in more remote or highly urbanized areas.”  

The report’s recommendation include passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act to redirect federal funds to states for conservation work; expanding a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Program in which local partners maintain habitat in cities; and increasing the use of Motus Wildlife Tracking System to help researchers follow when and where migratory birds travel.

More information, including the entire report, may be found here.

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