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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.