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The Hartford Audubon Society

P.O. Box 270207
West Hartford, Connecticut

Or e-mail us at: hartfordaudubon at yahoo.com



Bird Clubs, Organization and Birding Forums:

CT Bird List


New Haven Bird Club
Connecticut Ornithological Association
Ct Audubon
Litchfield Audubon

Wood Memorial Library

Allen Bird Club
Brookline Bird Club
Massachusetts Audubon
New Jersey Audubon/Cape May Birding

Bird Identification Sites:

Cornell Lab - All About Birds
Hawk Migration Association of North America
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
All About Birds
Bird watching Guide
Identifying Bird Sounds/Calls

Bird and Wildlife Rehabilitation or Rescue

DEP - Wildlife in Distress:


Links below - provided courtesy of
Audubon Connecticut

North American Waterfowl Management Plan
Partners in Flight
PIF Bird Conservation plan for Southern New England (most of CT)
PIF Bird Conservation Plan for Northern New England (northwest CT)
North American Bird Conservation Initiative
US Shorebird Conservation Plan
Connecticut's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan
Connecticut Forest Resource Conservation Plan

Habitats and Land Use in Connecticut

UCONN's Map and Geographic Information Center: GIS and Mapping resources
Connecticut's Changing Landscape from CLEAR: Analysis of Connecticutís habitats
UCONN's Cooperative Extension Forest Program
Connecticut River Watershed Council

General bird information

Audubonís WatchList:
USGS North American Breeding Bird Survey
Connecticut DEP Threatened and Endangered Species Fact Sheets
Information on how to set up and use Bird Baths
Hummingbird Migration Tracker Site
A Beginner's Guide to Bird Watching

Other Bird Conservation or birding organizations, agencies and institutions

The Ruffed Grouse Society
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Ducks Unlimited
Connecticut Waterfowlers Association
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Birdlife International
USFWS Migratory Birds Webpage
Kestrels across America, information on American Kestrel conservation
The Purple Martin Conservation Association
The Purple Martin Society of North America
The North American Bluebird Society
International Migratory Bird Day
EPA Bird Conservation Page

Citizen Science
Northeast Hawk watch

Project Feeder Watch
Great Backyard Bird Count
Christmas Bird Count, includes great historical data output tools
USGS Breeding Bird Survey, includes great historical data output tools
Summer Bird Count
Institute for Bird Populations
Cornell Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project
Cornell Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project
Hawk Mountain
Bird a thon

Migration Sites/Links

University of Wisconsin migration radar
NOAA - radar
Wind map - U.S.
Wind map - global
Ebird occurrence maps
Birds migrating
World Trade Center - bird migration article

Attracting birds to your yard and healthy backyard habitats

Audubon at Home
USFWS Bird Habitat Pamphlets
How to make your yard eco-friendly
Gardening for birds
Native Trees and Shrubs for Connecticut
Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group
National Wildlife Federation's backyard wildlife program
Windstar Backyard Wildlife Program
Landowner Incentive Program
Managing Early Successional Habitats
Wildlife Habitat Council
Habitat Fragmentation is for the birds

Bird Migration strike hazards

The American Bird Conservancy's Policy on communication tower hazards
The American Bird Conservancy's Communication Towers: A Deadly Hazard to Birds Report Documents A Report Compiled by American Bird Conservancy June, 2000.
The ABCs of Avoiding Bird Collisions at Communication Towers: The Next Steps


Connecticut Birding Hot Spots

The following locations are consistently good birding spots.  The variety and number of bird sightings may vary by season, but each offers its own special experience.  There are many other productive sites in Connecticut.  The books cited at the bottom of this page provide a rich source for planning birding outings.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT

Located on the Connecticut shoreline between Madison and Clinton.   Take exit 62 off I-95, head south 1.5 miles to Park entrance.  This peninsula location provides a resting spot for migrating birds.  Best in fall, winter and spring for gulls, terns, water, shore, marsh, and land birds. 

White Memorial Foundation

Located about 2 miles southeast of Litchfield on Route 202 in the Northwest hills of Connecticut. The 4,440 acre preserve includes a museum, river/streams, marsh, ponds, forest and numerous hiking trails roads.  Water, marsh, shore and land birds provide for excellent birding in any season. 

Lighthouse Point Park New Haven, CT

Located at the tip of the eastern shore of New Haven Harbor. Take exit 50 from I95 south 0.2mile, right on Woodward Ave. (becomes Fort Hale Park Rd.), right onto Townsend Ave. right on Lighthouse Rd to the park entrance. The Point extends into the harbor, is on the coastal migration route and affords excellent birding, especially during fall hawk migration.

Additional birding in Connecticut sources - Books:

Finding Birds In Connecticut, A Habitat - Based Guide to 450 Sites, by Dave Rosgen and Gene Billings (1996).  Includes directions and maps.

Connecticut Birding Guide
, by Buzz Devine and Dwight G. Smith.  A guide to 84 sites that includes directions, maps and well done illustrations of birds found at the sites.




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