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Hartford Audubon Society
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Maggie Peretto, President
David Funke, Secretary
The Hartford Audubon Society is offering an annual Mini-Grant program to encourage Citizen Science projects by individuals or groups in the state of Connecticut, and especially in Hartford County, which will benefit birds and bird conservation. The total amount to be funded is $2000.00, and requests for grants can be any amount but not exceeding the $2000.00 limit. Applications need to be in by January 31st to be funded for that calendar year.
For most Connecticut residents, January is a cold,
blustery time to stay indoors, curl up in a warm spot, and await better
weather. But for Connecticut’s bird watching community, January offers
the opportunity to seek out our winter bird species. This year the
Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) offered its first “Big January” birding
challenge: to identify as many species of wild birds in Hartford County
as possible. The idea arose from the CT Ornithological longtime
Connecticut January birding challenge, but was made local to just
HAS was pleased with the participation in this first year
of the challenge. As birder John Weeks wrote “Big January was a brilliant
idea: it gave us all a good reason to get out there and find birds in the
coldest time of the year, and linking it to eBird undoubtedly kick-started
more interest in using this valuable tool of citizen science.”
HAS offered prizes in different age categories as well as a special challenge for school groups. Because this was our first year offering the challenge, we took an educated guess at what would be challenging but achievable species counts for Hartford. In retrospect, we may have set the bars too high! Early in the month one experienced birder commented “even getting to 50 could be a challenge! I figure this is our opportunity to find out where the folks in Glastonbury hide all the birds." At the end of the month, HAS President Sara Zagorski noted “I was only in the 50's, very hard to get to 75. But it was fun to concentrate on local areas”. And our Vice President, Maggie Peretto said “It was a great effort to get to 72”.
Sebastian Lawton, age 7, 35 species
Teens, Age 11 -17 (40 needed)
Matthew Lawton, Age 11, 47 Species
Isabelle Lawton, Age 13, 47 species
Adults, Age 18 -? (75 needed)
Bill Asteraides, 75 species
John and Chris Weeks, 75 species
Honorable Mention: Maggie Peretto, 72 species
Congratulations to everyone who entered and received awards and certificates!