Audubon Connecticut—an operating unit of the National Audubon Society—is one of Connecticut's premier conservation and environmental education organizations. Our top-notch staff of seasoned professionals works hard to carry out the Audubon mission within the state—protecting birds, other wildlife and their habitats through education, research, advocacy and land protection.
National Audubon has had a presence in Connecticut dating back to 1941 with the establishment of the Audubon Center in Greenwich as the first National Audubon Society Nature Education Center in the country. Over the years, the National Audubon presence in Connecticut has grown to include 3 Audubon Centers, 4 major sanctuaries and a number of smaller sanctuaries, protecting 4,500 acres.
Through our network of Education Centers and Nature Sanctuaries, Audubon:
At the state Capitol, Audubon advocates for:
Through our Important Bird Area's Program, Audubon:
Through our Conservation Program, Audubon works with community groups across the state on local conservation issues.
The central challenge that Audubon Connecticut faces is how to adequately address a growing need within the limits of our budget, staff, and facilities. Audubon Connecticut is a healthy and thriving statewide organization with three Centers, numerous sanctuaries, and multiple programs. But as threats to the natural world mount (climate change, air and water pollution, declining species, etc.) the need for environmental awareness and protection becomes ever more evident. There is an increasing need to educate more children and adults and focus more efforts on preserving and conserving both undeveloped land and developed places. Since the economic downturn, this challenge to maintain and expand programs has become even more pronounced. However, we are determined to develop new strategies to raise the funds to support our work. Our most pressing needs are: (1) capital improvements and expansions to our centers ($500,000); (2) general operating funds to compensate for reduced endowment income ($200,000); (3) additional staff to help with growing research and land stewardship programs ($200,000); (4) funds to contribute to multi-organizational initiatives to acquire critical lands; (5) improved PR and marketing, including improved utilization of social networking tools.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven provided generous support for Audubon Connecticut’s Important Bird Area program in New Haven through a three-year grant in the amount of $75,000 awarded on October 15, 2009. Audubon’s Important Bird Area (IBA) program is part of a global effort to identify, enhance and protect land tracts that provide critical nesting, wintering or stop-over habitat for birds of conservation concern. In the Greater New Haven area, Audubon’s Important Bird Area program is focusing conservation efforts and public funding toward critical wetland, coastal and forested habitat that benefit birds, other wildlife, the health of the Long Island Sound, and the people that enjoy and depend upon these critical resources.
data has been collected in 20,000 acres of priority forest to inform forest management practices and 2,020 acres have been surveyed for forest landowners through our habitat assessment program. Audubon Sharon has identified and is working on 25,000 acres of the most important parcels within this block and has thus far conducted training programs for 255 private forest landowners and foresters who are collectively responsible for 10,000 acres. A forest management plan has been developed for Audubon Sharon’s 2,700 acres.
Audubon has launched the Coastal Stewardship Program to protect beach and island nesting birds all along the Connecticut coastline. Working with Connecticut Audubon Society, CT DEEP and USFWS, as well as Audubon programs all along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway, we are building a core of citizen science volunteers to participate in coastal bird monitoring, stewardship and outreach. Increased stewardship and outreach will help reduce disturbance at critical nesting and migratory stopover sites for threatened coastal bird species such as Least Terns, Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Red Knots, Sanderling and Semipalmated Sandpipers. By assembling and training a volunteer corps of citizen scientists, we will provide desperately needed stewardship and monitoring support, while building a constituency to support the conservation of these bird populations.
Through our Bird Friendly Communities initiative, we are engaging diverse audiences in conservation action in order to create healthy communities for both people and wildlife. Through programs like Audubon At Home, Schoolyard Habitat, Urban Oases and other initiatives, we are providing people with the information, tools and resources to make eco-friendly choices in their homes, yards, schools, work, places of worship, and parks. We are working with all sectors within a community to educate people about the value of urban green spaces for watershed health and
native wildlife, and how to reduce pesticide use, create
wildlife-friendly habitat, and share our parks and beaches responsibly with
Species of Concern. At the same time, we are protecting and enhancing greenspaces for wildlife that
also provide safe havens for people to spend time together
while enjoying nature.
Audubon CT’s public policy program advocates at the federal, state, and local level to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We are a recognized leader on land conservation, clean water funding, Long Island Sound, and wildlife issues. During these tough economic times, we are working to defend and improve environmental protections and ensure adequate funding for our key state and federal agency partners. Our priority issues include protection and restoration of LIS, funding for clean water, habitat conservation and stewardship, wildlife diversity, and strengthening and defending key environmental laws. We also work on legislation to reduce use of pesticides and fertilizers, minimize light pollution, and combat invasive plant species.
Current land conservation efforts include Long Beach West/Pleasure Beach in Stratford and Bridgeport, Plum Island in New York, and additions to federal wildlife refuges, state parks and wildlife management areas in the Northwest Hills and CT River watershed.
Hudson began his career as a senior legislative aide to U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker, drafting legislation, working on the Senate floor and covering a range of issues with a focus on federal budget and tax policy. His leadership and professional expertise extends into environment and energy policy, trade and investment issues as well as non-profit governance and management. In 2008 and again in 2012, he served on the Environment and Energy Policy Committee of the Obama Presidential Campaign. Prior to this, Hudson served in a variety of senior positions at the National Wildlife Federation including as senior legislative representative in the International Programs and as vice president for Educational Outreach.
Currently, Hudson serves on the Keystone Energy Board and the Coalition for Green Capital. He is also on the advisory board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Environment Northeast and is a member of Friends of the Connecticut Mirror. Previously, he was founding chair of the energy marketing group SmartPower and executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute-USA.
Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, CT Ornithological Assoc., Friends of the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge, Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Assoc., Common Ground, URI, New Haven Bird Club, Yale University, City of New Haven, CT DEEP, USFWS, Hartford Audubon Society, CT Forest & Park Assoc., CT Ag. Experiment Station, CT Fund for the Environment, Soundwaters, AMC, Sierra Club, Rivers Alliance, CT River Watershed Assoc., Farmington River Watershed Council, Highlands Coalition, Highstead, UCONN, Trinity College, Audubon chapters, Connecticut Audubon Society, CT College, Quinnipiac River Watershed Assoc., NOFA, Housatonic Valley Assoc., US EPA, CT League of Conservation Voters, CT Land Conservation Council, Land Trust Alliance, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Environment CT, Environment and Human Health Inc., Watershed Alliance, Clean Water Action, Working Lands Alliance, CT Trust for Historic Preservation, Housatonic Valley Assoc., Pomperaug River Watershed Association, CT Conference of Municipalities, Nat'l Resource Conservation Service, CT Assoc. of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions, Regional Plan Assoc., Nat'l Fish & Wildlife Foundation, local Conservation Commissions, CT Outdoor & Environmental Educators Assoc., Friends of CT State Parks, Trout/Ducks Unlimited
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The 990s and audits contained in this profile are for the National Audubon Society - a national nonprofit organization. The financial information listed above does not solely represent the program or services covering the Greater New Haven area.
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