West River Memorial Park & Edgewood Park IBA Dedication

A Celebration of Connecticut's 29th Important Bird Area

Saturday, June 11, 2016
11:00am - 3:00pmNew Haven, Connecticut

Location Details

Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park

200 Derby Avenue, New Haven, 06511

Parking is available on Marginal Drive (at the intersection of Derby Avenue and Yale Avenue).

West River Memorial Park & Edgewood Park IBA Dedication

June 11, 2016 - New Haven, CT

Join us as we celebrate a newly designated Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). West River Memorial Park and Edgewood Park have been identified as an IBA for Rusty Blackbirds, a species considered globally vulnerable. Most winters, as many as 120 Rusty Blackbirds are reported at the North end of Edgewood Park using the park’s wooded wetlands to forage and also roost in the evenings. Even more, these parks also provide valuable stopover habitat for many migrating birds, with 157 bird species observed in the park including a pair of nesting Bald Eagles!

The celebration festivities will include:

  • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – IBA Fair and Osprey nest viewing
  • 11:00 a.m. – Guided bird walk
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Bird banding demonstration
  • 12:00 p.m. – Guided nature walk
  • 1:00 -2:00 p.m. – IBA designation ceremony
  • 2:00 p.m. – Guided bird walk
  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – Canoeing along the West River

There will also be a scope and nest camera set up at the Barnard Nature Center to allow viewing of the Osprey nest throughout the entire event.

This event is free and open to the public. Rain Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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