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The Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.