Saturday, April 21, 2012

Connecticut Young Birders Club at Birdcraft

Here is a message from our outstanding friend Alex Burdo, President of the Connecticut Young Birders Club:

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Birdcraft Sanctuary, Fairfield

The Birdcraft Sancuary in Fairfield is one of the premier migrant traps in all of Fairfield county. At just six acres, this spot is tiny compared to most, but packs a list of over 120 species in addition to being a haven for migrants. On the morning of May 6th, the members of the CTYBC are in for a special treat in which they will get to witness and participate in the banding of birds on the property of the sanctuary by the Birdcraft banding crew. In addition to being able to document and study migrants, banding allows very close views of wild birds and is a unique opportunity for study of plumages and molts. Furthermore, the experience of getting to hold and release a captive bird is something one soon won’t forget!

The sanctuary should be crawling with migrants and we should encounter many species in addition to the ones we’re able to catch in the nets. The trip begins at 7:00am in the banding room at Birdcraft with the first check of the nets scheduled for around 8. We’ll likely spend around three to four hours at the Birdcraft before either moving to another spot in the area (TBD).

Anyone interested in coming should contact Alex Burdo at with your address, phone number, age and transportation plans.

Directions to the Birdcraft and some general information can be found at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s web site:
Also, check out Alex Burdo’s blog ( and the Connecticut Society Blog ( to see what previous trips to the Birdcraft have produced.

We hope you can join us!


Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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