The Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc.
Rating: 4.7 stars 20 reviews
Issues: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment
Location: 2325 Burr St Fairfield CT 06430 USA
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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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.