The Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc.

Rating: 4.7 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: 2325 Burr St Fairfield CT 06430 USA

Mission: Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats
Results: Highlights: A new Grassland Bird Conservation Center will be completed in the Summer 2011 and become the first habitat focused Center. The new facility will welcome more children and adults into the programs and is situated in the heart of a 700 grassland sanctuary which creates a perfect outdoor classroom. The recommendations from the 2010 'Connecticut State of the Birds' Report, an annual report produced by the Society, were incorporated into Bill 5047 for Open Space acquisition in Connecticut. Overall the report has been heralded as a focused approach to conservation Thousands of children went through science based environmental programs in local schools and at the Society's Centers. The impact being that the children are taught to the State's science framework and are become young environmentalists.
Target demographics: Connecticut Audubon Society serves all the residents of Connecticut.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Birds and wildlife in threatened habitats across Connecticut. Teachers in the schools who use the Society science programs and can meet the State's science Frameworks Children in the schools and in towns who are able to participate in hands-on science programs Adults attending programs
Geographic areas served: State of Connecticut
Programs: For a full listing, please visit our website, www.ctaudubon.org. Our programs span from in the school science programs to conservation project biological studies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has been donating to the Connecticut Audubon Society for the past ten years. This organization does so much to help the environment. My children have been involved in the tree planting projects. All the volunteers have always been so friendly and helpful.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

Since Charity Web is all about the financials, I feel that most of the comments here are on the wrong track. The organization may do some good work, but they have dropped significantly in the last few years in the Charity Web ratings. It seems that financially things are looking bad for CT Audubon. Their fund-raising efforts are not as effective as they once were, they have dropped their annual eagle event, they no longer have a membership director. Perhaps they should have merged with the National Audubon Society when they had the chance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bird conservation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move the financial manager back to the main office. Hire a membership manager. Spruce up shabby old facilities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past 20 or so years, my family and I have been involved with Connecticut Audubon Society. The experiences we have shared both in the sanctuary and in the museum have been wonderful. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and always willing to help research a question.

Furthermore, the Society's commitment to the town in supplementing the science based educational programs has been outstanding!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The expanded awareness of the critical role birds and their habitats play in the health of our environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Connot think of anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at the CT Audubon Society Center in Glastonbury for over 10 years. I believe strongly that children and adults need the opportunity to explore New England's woods, fields, streams and ponds, as well as experience up close our native animals. As a youth, I spent an extensive amount of time in nature, but most children today do not have that opportunity. Through school and family programs, I am able to introduce people to the natural environment, and help them gain an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our natural world.

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I read the Program Evaluation forms filled out by teachers, and the thank-you notes written by students. I've experienced the joy of children who participate in our programs. I've seen professional and personal growth in myself, and with other volunteers. Staff are very helpful to, and supportive of volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money to work with. The limited finances of school systems and foundations have been especially difficult for the finances of the Center. With a better financial situation, the Center could hire another teacher-naturalist and hopefully raise salaries to a more appropriate level, given the skills required of the director and teacher-naturalists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a Director of Connecticut Audubon because I was attracted to their mission of protecting birds and their habitat in Connecticut which is where I live. I also like the fact that their positions are science based not emotional appeals since conservation is a complex subject not well served by slogans. This is a pleasant contrast to the positions and activities of other environmental and conservation organizations that operate in Connecticut and one of the reasons I give it a high rating and work in its behalf.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with the staff, attending board meetings and writing articles for the publication Connecticut State of the Birds

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it expand its advocacy and education programs

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Rating: 4 stars  

CAS has become an important part of our family's lives. Our children participated in programs there and now have their children happily taking part in programs suitable for their ages.

We now have many very good friends with whom we socialize after having met them through CAS and we enjoy attending the really fun fundraising events held throughout the year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Walks through the sanctuaries, illustrative talks held at the centers, talks at the annual meetings, guided canoe trips through the marshs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

put term limits on board officers

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Rating: 4 stars  

CAS is a powerful force in the State of CT for conservation, nature-based education, and land preservation -- impacting the lives of thousands of citizens of all ages in very positive ways. There are countless examples.
Personally I think of the six kids I have taken to observe bird banding. I think of the expressions on their faces as they held a bird and felt it's heart beat -- 2 - 3 times as fast as our own. For several of these kids, the experience changed their lives as it sparked a continuing interest in nature and the out-of-doors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Board meetings, special events, and numerous interactions with staff, other board members, volunteers, and friends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek additional funding to enable tapping the considerable potential for even further contributions to the State and it's citizens.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our 6 year old Grand-daughter attended a summer program at the Glastonbury Audubon facility last summer and she was so excited. After the class she ran down the path in front of us to show us where the class had gone on their field trips during the day. She pointed out bird nests and a special kind of hut made out of tree branches. We gave her a pair of binoculars for Christmas and now she takes them with her when we go on walks together so that she can get a better look at the birds. The Audubon program really made her aware of the birds and the importance of conservation habits to help protect the birds.

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We were able to see the positive impact of the Glastonbury Audubon program on our grand-daughter.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participate in the education programs for regional schools for sessions in which the children study bird migration. The time spent is richly rewarded by the looks on the children's faces as they learn to understand the lessons birds teach us about the environment. I love seeing the change in a child's face when they "get it." To see children become life long birders is worth every moment. CT Audubon is such an important organization, focused solely on Connecticut's birds and environmental issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My years of volunteering in many capacities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand educational programs to more schools.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lived on property adajcent to CT Audubons Burr Street Headquarters for fifteen years. My two sons and their friends spent many memorable days at the center and hiking the nature trails. CT Audubon provides the opportunity to relate to the natural enviornment and the importance of preserving and improving it. I was pleased to be invited to join the Board and continue the work of CT Audubon.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Living adjacent to the Fairfield Center and utilizing the facilities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the acerage to help preserve more land from development

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