State of the Birds 2017 Urges CT Conservationists to Rally Behind Bird Atlas Project

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Audubon Society just released its annual Connecticut State of the Birds report and called on the state’s conservation community to throw its full efforts into supporting the upcoming Connecticut Bird Atlas, which promises to be the most important bird conservation research project ever in the state.

The 12th annual State of the Birds report is titled “The New Bird Atlas: A Call to Action for Connecticut’s Conservationists.” The report is designed to be both a guide and rallying cry for the Atlas, which is scheduled to start in spring 2018. A three-year project, the Atlas will result in the collection of a vast amount of new and updated data about where Connecticut’s birds live, the locations of prime habitats, and changes in bird distribution since data were collected in the mid-1980s for the last Connecticut atlas.

Because birds and bird habitat are excellent proxies for valuable conservation land, the Atlas has the potential to be an essential decision-making tool for municipal planners, state regulators, conservationists, developers, and others.

The report was recently mailed to all Connecticut Audubon members. To encourage as many birders as possible to participate in the Atlas project, Connecticut Audubon printed an additional 500 copies for the Connecticut Ornithological Association.