There are almost limitless resources available to the beginning or advanced birder on the web, but here are some Connecticut-specific aids that may be of use and interest to you while learning more at home or having a sensational day in the field.
Help for Injured, Orphaned, Distressed Wildlife
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has a web site with information about getting help for injured, orphaned and distressed wildlife including listings for licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators for small birds, hawks and owls, ducks and geese and other birds. See the links below for the information about:
Help stretch Connecticut Conservation $$$$
An excellent way to support habitat conservation in Connecticut is to buy a CT Duck Stamp and a Federal Duck Stamp annually. A Federal Duck Stamp gets you free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. CT Duck Stamp funds have generated additional monies for Connecticut through matching grants from federal conservation initiatives.
Did you know…?
More and more, Connecticut birders record their sightings on eBird and there are many benefits for you and the birding community. Besides archiving all your sightings, after registering eBird can send alerts of unusual sightings in CT and other regions to your email inbox. There are options for delivery of alerts by county, state, and country and also Needs Alerts for species you have not personally recorded in a particular region. For more information visit the eBird Alerts help page. Once you’ve registered for eBird you might also want to check out the eBird Mobile Apps page where you can find eBird Mobile, an app for your phone or tablet for entering eBird data in the field, and the Merlin app for identification.
Connecticut Specific Books
- The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Connecticut. 1994. State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut. Edited by Louis R. Bevier. Illustrations by Michael DiGiorgio. Text and maps describe the breeding status and distribution of the birds or Connecticut.
- Connecticut Birding Guide. 1996. Thomson-Shore, Inc. Buzz Devine and Dwight G. Smith. Illustrations by Mark S. Szantyr. Bird finding in Connecticut. Detailed text and maps on 84 birding sites arranged by major geographical regions.
- Connecticut Birds. 1990. University Press of New England. Joseph D. Zeranski and Thomas R. Baptist.
The first assessment of Connecticut birds in 75 years catalogs occurrence and distribution, and summarizes population trends.
- Finding Birds in Connecticut. 1996. Dave Rosgen and Gene Billings. Habitat based focus on 450 birding sites in Connecticut. Arranged by counties.
Field Checklist. Birds of Connecticut. Published by Connecticut Ornithological Association, Aug. 2012, edited by ARCC. A 3-fold checklist including 431 species (as of 2012). Rare, Sight Record only, and Introduced, noted. Available from COA.
Ornithological Resources at The University of Connecticut
The following was graciously supplied by Connecticut State Ornithologist Margaret Rubega:
The Vertebrate Collection here contains about 19,000 bird specimens, and has more study skins of birds taken in Connecticut than any other collection in the world; it also contains about 1000 skeletons, 1000+ fluid-preserved specimens, one of the very few feather collections in the world (compiled by Alan Brush), and a collection of nests, many of which date from around the turn of the century. 9939 of the 19,000 specimens are cataloged on-line, at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s website: the catalog can be accessed at:
Editor’s note – this is a research collection and permission is required for access!
Inquire with curator of birds:
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 North Eagleville Rd., U-43
Storrs, CT 06269
Individuals in need of information on diagnoses of dead or dying birds, or who desire a necropsy on dead birds can inquire at:
The Northeast Research Center for Wildlife Diseases
University of Connecticut, Dept. of Pathobiology
61 N. Eagleville Rd., U-89
Storrs, CT 06269