Connecticut’s Birding Organization

The Connecticut Ornithological Association is the only statewide organization devoted to birds and birding in Connecticut. Since its founding in 1981, its membership has grown to well over 500 people who range from beginning birders to professional ornithologists.


COA is an all volunteer organization with the mission of promoting interest in Connecticut birds, and collecting, preparing, and disseminating the best available scientific information on the status of Connecticut birds and their habitat. While COA is not primarily an advocacy organization, we work actively to provide scientific information and to support other conservation organizations in the state.

Scarlet Tanager variant by Scott Kruitbosch

COA looks to the future and works closely with other conservation organizations to protect the state’s birds.

Four officers, a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, as well as a board of directors with 18 members oversee the day-to-day functions of the association and its many committees.

COA publishes quarterly the highly regarded journal, The Connecticut Warbler, and the newsletter, COA Bulletin (see recent publications).

Each year the COA Annual Membership Meeting is held to conduct Association business and to present educational and entertaining programs by regional and national speakers. Additionally, various workshops and lectures are held throughout the year. Each year at the meeting COA presents awards for outstanding service and funds mini-grants that specifically benefit the avian wildlife in our state.

An organ of COA, the Avian Records Committee of Connecticut (ARCC), maintains the official state list of bird species and adjudicates submitted records of species new or rare in Connecticut.

The many talented people who make COA work are dedicated to promoting ornithology in our state and to making Connecticut birding the best it can be. These individuals make COA the leader in the world of birding in Connecticut.

The only requirements for membership in COA is an interest in birds and an ability to enjoy yourself! Do you qualify? Then JOIN US!

Don’t forget to do your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2647204 and Amazon donates to Connecticut Ornithological Association Inc.
Officers of the Connecticut Ornithological Association
Steve Broker
50 Hidden Place
Cheshire, CT 06410
Ls.Broker AT cox.net
Frank Mantlik
195 High View Drive
Stratford, CT 06614
mantlik AT sbcglobal.net
Denise Jernigan
618 Hopewell Road
Glastonbury, CT 06073
heron222 AT cox.net
Paul Wolter
8 Sybil Creek Place
Branford, CT 06405
pwolter6 AT earthlink.net
Assistant Treasurer
Jason Rieger
2 Pauline Court
Wallingford CT 06492
mareforte AT comcast.net
Chairman, ARCC
Jay Kaplan
71 Gracey Road
Canton, CT 06019
jkaplan49 AT gmail.com


Board of Directors
Robert Dixon, Sterling
John Marshall, Watertown
Larry Reiter, Mystic
Jason Rieger, Wallingford
Terry Shaw, Guilford
Sara Zagorski, Wethersfield
Bill Batsford, New Haven
Angela Dimmitt, Sherman
Tina Green, Westport
Scott Kruitbosch, Stratford
Gina Nichol, Branford
Maureen Wolter, Branford
Andrew Dasinger, Glastonbury
Chris Howe, Hamden
Craig Repasz, Hamden
Tom Robben, Glastonbury
Ben Sonnenberg, Litchfield
Kathy Van Der Aue, Southport