Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Great Stratford Bird Festival 2012

The fifth annual Great Stratford Bird Festival is this weekend, October 5-7, and as usual it is headquartered at the Connecticut Audubon Society managed Stratford Point coastal grasslands property. For those who have not yet attended the festival it is a celebration of Stratford's incredibly diverse array of bird habitats as thousands and thousands of individual birds of over 200 species make their way south in fall migration. You can see the festival's website here, complete with a schedule of events. Here is a press release by the town of Stratford with more information where you can read the following from our favorite bird expert:

"With its beautiful beaches, marshes and woodlands, Stratford is the premier location for birding in Connecticut, and early fall is the best time to take advantage of the thousands of birds stopping by here on their way south," said Milan G. Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation of the Connecticut Audubon Society. "From eagles, hawks and herons, to ducks, shorebirds and songbirds, there is something for every bird enthusiast, and The Great Stratford Bird Festival celebrates this migration with enthusiasm, offering the public a host of opportunities to see some spectacular birds in some spectacular Stratford habitats. If you love birds, this event is not to be missed," Bull said.

I will be leading some walks and talks including raptor migration viewing at Boothe Memorial Park. You can find more about the hawk watch site and what we have seen so far this year on our HMANA page here. We will need some conducive weather for raptors, but not necessarily for all of the songbird migrants. This is a great opportunity to check out Stratford Point and the awesome work that Connecticut Audubon Society and Sacred Heart University have completed on the site. If you have not had a chance to visit, please come down this weekend to enjoy all of the events happening at the property and across the town. See you then!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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