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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

In a wink, after being asked to join in 2004, I was consumed by the volunteer spirit and camaraderie of the regional board of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. This group works tirelessly and selflessly to plan and conduct fundraisers - five per year - to support the children's education programs about the natural world that the Center provides. You have but to shadow one class of third graders and to watch the awe and excitement on their faces as they have first-hand experiences with nature, on our field trips or in the classroom, to to understand why your volunteer effort makes a difference and how your investment of time and money reinforces the Society's mission. It is also a joy to watch our after school group of volunteer children learn how to take care of and handle the animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods) at the Center.

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

... developing a much deeper knowledge of birds and their habitats through the Society's scientific research that is disseminated in the annual Connecticut State of the Birds reports. ... hearing positive feedback from the parents of children, and from adults themselves, who have benefited from our programs and activities.

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

... accelerate the positioning of each of the Society's regional centers by following the Grasslands Center strategy taken at Pomfret. To fund each repositioning, I would seek financial support from some wealthy "angels" - major foundations and donors, who would be willing to make long-term commitments to the Society and its mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend of my wife's.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Increase membership and donations to the annual appeal.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Strengthen the education program: broaden its reach and make it profitable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Director for 20 years I had the opportunity of observing what Connecticut Audubon does for the state. CAS's hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff expose children and adults to nature as they likely would never have seen. Programs provide hands-on experience that most schools do not offer. CAS is a complimentary and important counterbalance to the myriad of wonderful sports programs available in most towns. Absent Connecticut Audubon's creative programs many people would simply miss the wonders of nature that are so important to all of us.

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

Watching children experience nature "live" for the first time was always a real treat. Knowing that this interaction creates a sense of responsibility and commitment in these young citizens makes everything that Connecticut Audubon does visibly important to the State of Connecticut.

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

I would like to see an expansion of creative technology. This would increase organizational efficiency and reach. Leveraging core competencies would benefit people who have yet to experience Connecticut Audubon's wonderful programs and resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former teacher and a lover of nature (especially birds!) I've been involved with CT Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury for nearly 20 years. Not only have I enjoyed thier wonderful events and interesting exhibits but I've been at the Center on many occasions to watch the excitment of the children who have just returned from a class walk through Earl Park or a lesson with the Center's animals. These little inquisitve minds are truly alive; it's as if they can't get enough information.
Over the years I've participated in many birding trips, both day and overnight. I had no idea that I could learn so much about birds and have so much fun. Great organization; great people!

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

The workshops, birding trips and exhibits have broadened my knowledge and interests.

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

help provide more Centers throughout the state.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an environmental attorney who often represents non-profit organizations, municipalities and citizen groups seeking to protect the interests of natural resources. Over 20 years of practice I have seen how committed and effective Audubon has been in advocating for the protection of avian species, especially coastal and migratory populations. As a result, Connecticut's ecology has been conserved in myriad ways and the quality of life preserved for the future.
Their Coastal research Center in Milford, CT is a wonderful facility which teaches children the value of natural resources and habitat and our role in their world. The setting not only has access to a diversity of habitat types but is also one of the most beautiful locations on the CT coast.

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

Watching my own children explore the marshes and watch the hatchlings in the osprey nests through the mounted telescopes and on the osprey cam. I have personally experienced a sunset from the turret porch above the Coastal center and enjoyed kayaking through the adjacent marshes.

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

Create a funding stream that was large enough to allow them to reach even more people and help conserve more threatened species from encroachment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired board member of the Connecticut Audubon Society who continues to be an active supporter. The dedication and knowledge of the professional staff is amazing -- especially in the way they use that knowledge to educate the public about the serious conservation issues facing Connecticut. Whether it is teaching thousands of school children, or working with the State Legislature to promote science-based conservation legislation, Connecticut Audubon is an invaluable asset to our state.

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

watching school children experience their first hands-on, up-close interaction with nature and the environment. Such experiences as elementary school students will continue to affect their thinking and understanding for a lifetime.

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

increase their fundraising so that they would be able to do more --- and to reach more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What I find most amazing about Ct. Audubon are the different sanctuaries that represents every type of habitat for birds. There is something for everyone of all ages.

The Annual State of the Birds report is second to none because it educates people on the environmental issues that face our bird populations here in the State of Connecticut.

The education programs are great especially the Bird Banding at the Birdcraft Museum in Fairfield.

The annual events are fun and affordable. From the Xmas Tea and Adirondack Night to the Annual "Birds in their Habitat" Art Exhibit.

CT. Audubon has really improved it's image in recent years and this organization is well worth supporting.

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

I have assisted in all aspects of CT. Audubon from events to board participation. It is my favorite organization in Fairfield because it offers such a diverse opportunity to learn about conservation for birds in their habitat.

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

I would put more money and effort into the building at Burr Street. It is in need of repair. I would also find new volunteers to clean up the walking paths.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been banding birds in Connecticut for some time now. I am collecting data to help determine the primary factors in changing bird populations. Connecticut Audubon's yearly State of the Birds publication, complete with its insightful articles and analysis, has proven to be very helpful in my work. CAS has a wealth of resources in addition to State of the Birds to make membership a must for anyone interested in preserving our local habitats.

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

by reading the publications and visiting CAS locations.

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

Ask them to get the word out to more conservation-minded people to join.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Connecticut Audubon Society literally changed the face of conservation in Connecticut after their work on an undeveloped offshore island scheduled for development determined that the island was regionally important as a nesting site for many state-listed species of conservation concern. Subsequently, the island was purchased by the Nature Conservancy and transferred to the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a National Wildlife Refuge. Without this important work, the island, and the bird habitat it supported would have become another seashore development.

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

It has increased my knowledge and understanding of conservation issues facing Connecticut enabling me to make further impacts on both state and local conservation fronts.

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

Strengthen the Board of Directors with development professionals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I walked into the Center at Pomfret to inquire about the trails and what I have seen on their sanctuary. Within minutes, I had Sarah getting Andy to take me a private walk. They did not know who I was, if I had any money or kids and it did not seem to matter. They were just helping a fellow environmentalist. I have never felt so welcomed in all my years working with clubs. I help now whenever I can and continue my wonderful walks with Andy and am a citizen scientist now!

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

Being a citizen scientist helps me see what is happening in our streams and land and what changes may need to be made to protect them.

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

I would not

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Connecticut Audubon Society's CANE program in Fairfield and went through the training session and then teaching the children. What a great experience for me and the children! The training was great and I felt so good that I was able to help teach science. The children in kindergarten were mesmerized by the puppet show and I heard from friends they went home and told their parents all about hibernating animals. Connecticut Audubon Society does a great job and I would recommend getting involved.

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

By seeing the faces of children as they learn science and they don't even know it because its so fun!

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

I would not change a thing!

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