Menunkatuck Audubon Society is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society. The chapter serves the towns of Madison, Guilford, Branford, East Haven, New Haven, and West Haven, Connecticut.
Supporting measures to protect wildlife and the environment
Menunkatuck Audubon Society is committed to work locally to preserve our natural ecosystems for the benefit of people and the earth's biodiversity. Through education and conservation activities within our communities, we raise public awareness of environmental issues and connections to the natural world.
Osprey Platforms Are Collapsing - What We're Doing About It
We're doing a survey of the location and condition of osprey platforms in our Chapter area.
Why are we doing this?
Three osprey platforms in our Chapter area have collapsed in the last three years. In June, 2011, one along the Branford Trolley Trail fell when the hardware holding its supports rusted through. The nest was swept away in the tide and the two chicks were lost. In January, 2012, another platform in the Neck River marsh in Madison had so much nest material on its platform that it became top heavy and was close to falling. We were able to remove most of it and get the pole upright once again. Later in 2012 another platform fell because of rusted hardware. There are two platforms near the mouth of the West River in Guilford that from a distance appear to be fragile.
When the horseshoe crabs come ashore to breed during the new and full moon tides in spring and early summer, surveyors count the number of male and female crabs in various sections of a beach. Additional data about whether the crabs are solitary or engaged in mating and the tag number, if any, is recorded. After the count is made, untagged horseshoe crabs are fitted with a numbered tag and data is recorded.
How does it work? Participating in Project Limulus is fun and easy. Training sessions are held in early spring. These informational/training sessions will give a brief history of Project Limulus and an overview of the research as well as training volunteers how to conduct spawning surveys and tag horseshoe crabs according to USFWS spawning survey and tagging protocols.
The Project Limulus coordinator for Menunkatuck is Judy Knowles (email@example.com). Contact her for information about area surveys.
- More than twenty years ago Audubon magazine warned of the hazards of releasing helium balloons.
- In 1990 a Connecticut state law was enacted prohibiting the intentional release of ten or more helium balloons within a 24-hour period.
- Today, many people know of the dangers to wildlife that helium balloons cause and they cringe at the sight of even a single balloon, intentionally or accidentally, sailing upward into the sky.
Fishing Line Recycling
Menunkatuck has installed these cool fishing line recycling bins at several locations within our chapter area.
- Guilford Town Marina
- Lake Quonnipaug boat launch, Guilford
- Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison (five locations within the park)
- Madison/Guilford boat launch off Neck Road
The bins will be emptied and the fishing line collected to be recycled by volunteers and town/state staff.
Please deposit all fishing line you use (or find) into these bins to protect birds and other wildlife from entanglement. The bins will be emptied and the fishing line collected to be recycled by the following volunteers and town/state staff.
We plan to install several more recycling bins in the future at fishing sites in Branford and West Haven. If you know of an appropriate site and would like to volunteer to maintain a bin, please contact Cindi Kobak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Do with Injured Wildlife
First, be careful. A wild animal is, well, wild and may bite or scratch. In such a case, the animal might have to be killed and tested for rabies.
If you suspect that an animal is rabid, immediately call your local animal control officer or police department.
It is illegal for anyone who is not a state appointed rehabilitator to care for wildlife. One such rehabiltator is Bonnie Alexander. She can be reached at 203-453-5582 (H) or 203-934-3528 (W). For injured birds of prey call A Place Called Hope at 203-804-3453, 203-214-2846, or 860-575-9791.
For more information about injured wildlife visit the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitation Association websire.
Menunkatuck Audubon is looking for volunteers. We have open positions and could use your help. Give us a hand in one of the following areas. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Manage a nest box. We have many locations where we would like to put in nest boxes for tree swallows, bluebirds, purple martins, kestrels, and other birds. We need someone to monitor these boxes for activity in the spring and clean them out in the fall. Some training is necessary and will be given.
- Contribute to the Menunkatuck blog. Are you a frequent birder at Hammonasset, the Supply Ponds, Sandy Point, East Rock, or any other area? Contribute your observations and photos on the Menunkatuck blog.
- Lead a field walk. Do you bird the Trolly Trail every week? Or visit Hammonasset or the Timberlands? Enjoy the company of other birders and increase Menunkatuck's presence in the community
- Become a Board member. We are always looking for new Board members. If you want to get a feel for what happens at Board meetings, join us at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Community Center on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except July).
- Help with fundraising and marketing. If you have talent of knowledge in either of there areas, we need to hear from you!