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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!