Black-and-white Warbler. Photo: Sean Graesser / Audubon Connecticut
Audubon Connecticut’s priority bird species are birds of significant conservation need, for which our actions, over time, can lead to measurable improvements in status. Some of these species are listed as vulnerable or near threatened on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Redlist. Others are species of conservation concern on the National Audubon Society’s Watchlist or identified as priorities by Partners in Flight. Many priority species are also listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern in Connecticut and are included in Connecticut’s Wildlife Action Plan. The breadth of this list reflects the dramatic loss of habitat and the pervasive threats that confront birds and other wildlife.
To enhance and monitor bird populations, Audubon uses a number of conservation strategies, from the identification of Important Bird Areas to Sharing our Shores, to our Bird-Friendly Communities and Working Lands initiatives.
Some of our priority bird species can be found among the many species that inhabit the sanctuaries of Audubon Connecticut. The Audubon Center at Bent of the River, Audubon Center in Greenwich, and Sharon Audubon Center maintain species checklists for their respective sanctuaries.