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Visit our blog frequently to keep up to date with everything happening at the Connecticut Ornithological Association as well as Connecticut birds and birding. You will find more information on events, publications, educational opportunities, conservation issues plus photos and videos of rare or memorable birds seen by our members.

Summer 2017 COA Bulletin

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

You can now download the Summer 2017 issue of the COA Bulletin in PDF form. Be sure to check out the COA Bulletin archives here.

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Silver Sands Status Update

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

SILVER SANDS STATUS UPDATE Changes made to the final version of the plan as a result of public comment, consultation with staff, and permit condition requirements: Eliminated paving in the overflow lot referred to by some as the ‘sparrow lanes’ Eliminate the reconfigured paved parking to the west of the paved parking lot and limit that to regrading to provide more positive drainage to the existing swales, and preserving the wildlife habitat value of that area. Some minimal drainage improvements will be made, and the area will remain natural...

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Big January 2017 Connecticut Results

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Big January 2017 Connecticut Results One of the most exciting beginnings of a birder’s New Year is starting a new list of bird species seen for the upcoming 12 months. Some people step this up a level by participating in the BIG JANUARY competition, a friendly and fun game to see who can spot the most Connecticut species during the month. Instead of partying New Year’s Eve till the ball drops, some anxious birders will head out pre-dawn on Jan 1st searching for owls to start their new year list. With the aid of Internet list-serves, eBird,...

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HAS’s First “Big January”

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

HAS’s First “Big January” March 14, 2017 For most Connecticut residents, January is a cold, blustery time to stay indoors, curl up in a warm spot, and await better weather. But for Connecticut’s birdwatching community, January offers the opportunity to seek out our winter bird species. This year the Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) offered its first “Big January” birding challenge: to identify as many species of wild birds in Hartford County as possible. The idea arose from the CT Ornithological’s longtime Connecticut January birding challenge,...

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Gull Workshop at Stratford Point

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Gull Workshop Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 8:00 am Stratford Point, Stratford Join us as we look for and learn about the gulls of Connecticut. Patrick Comins will share his considerable knowledge about how to identify members of this extraordinarily challenging group of birds. We’ll look for gulls along the shore and have a sit down session where we’ll go over the finer points of gull ID. This is a good time of year to find rarities, such as Black-headed, Little, and Mew Gulls. We may visit other sites such as Long Beach in Stratford, Seaside...

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