Audubon Connecticut
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich CT 06831
Contact Information
Address 613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831-
Telephone (203) 742-1735 x
Fax 203-717-0757
Web and Social Media
Audubon's mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1905
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ana Paula Tavares
Board Chair Ms. Connan Ashforth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Audubon CT Board Chair
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission Audubon's mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

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:

  • Protects 4,500 acres of land
  • Provides hands-on education programs designed to connect people with nature
  • Strives to reach one in four school children with top quality nature education opportunities
  • Recently opened a new world-class nature education center in Greenwich and is enhancing education programs at our Sharon and Southbury Centers

At the state Capitol, Audubon advocates for:

  • Funding for state wildlife management programs and open space land preservation
  • Defending the state's environmental laws
  • Protecting families and the state's environment from harmful impacts of pesticides
  • Curbing light pollution and halting the spread of invasive exotic species

Through our Important Bird Area's Program, Audubon:

  • Identified a network of more than 30 key areas for birds statewide
  • Works with landowners; government agencies; and other conservation organizations to restore and protect important bird habitats
  • Links Connecticut's Important Bird Areas with a national and global network of sites crucial to the long-term survival of bird species

Through our Conservation Program, Audubon works with community groups across the state on local conservation issues.


Audubon Connecticut is a leader in bird conservation throughout the state. Along with our members, supporters, and partners, we work together for birds, nature, and people. We are:

1. The Most Influential Conservation Organization in Connecticut, for Birds and Other Wildlife

Through land stewardship, science, education, and advocacy, we work across the state to preserve habitat and protect bird species that are of state, national and global concern; and we identify and support Important Bird Areas (IBAs), a hallmark of Audubon’s efforts worldwide.

2. A Partner Addressing a Wide Range of Environmental and Human Health Concerns

It begins with birds, but our mission connects people to a much wider range of issues, such as preventing air and water pollution, reducing pesticide use, promoting land conservation and reducing the impact of global climate change on birds, wildlife, and people.

3. A Leader in Setting a Course for Environmental Sustainability in Connecticut

Through creative public-private alliances, by engaging diverse audiences and by understanding how to invest in a sustainable future, we are charting a new course for Connecticut. Taken together, our approach to conservation is good for the environment and the economy.

4. The Connecticut State Office of the National Audubon Society

The strength we derive as part of the National Audubon Society enables us to contribute to a broader conservation strategy—one that recognizes the need to conserve wildlife on a wide geographic scope.


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. 

CEO Statement
Audubon is unique among Connecticut's environmental organizations because it brings the power and effectiveness of Audubon’s statewide and national conservation, advocacy and education initiatives, combined with the local outreach capacity of our three nature education centers and nine chapters. We apply a comprehensive and solution-oriented approach to conservation that uses sound science, targeted outreach, effective advocacy, management of sanctuaries and on-the-ground restorations, all performed in coordination with Audubon programs all along the Atlantic migratory flyway. 
Our vision is a Connecticut that has a rich and diverse natural heritage, where there is ample habitat for birds and other wildlife, where a majority of its people appreciate and participate in their natural environment, and whose children are educated and motivated to become the conservation leaders of tomorrow. 
Lingering weakness in the Connecticut economy presented many extraordinary challenges this past year, yet Audubon Connecticut made significant progress in conserving and restoring the natural resources we cherish. Through our science, policy and education activities, Audubon continues to elevate conservation literacy and engage more people than ever in positive actions to protect and preserve the environment. Audubon science and public policy led the protection of key coastal habitats that support important populations of threatened birds and other wildlife. Our Centers in Greenwich, Sharon and Southbury served tens of thousands of children and adults and provided essential lessons in environmental education. And more than ever, a realization is growing that investment in a healthy environment is an investment in a healthy economy, creating safe jobs and a sustainable future for the citizens of Connecticut and the nation.
Our chapters, members, stewardship boards, staff and donors together all helped to achieve tremendous results despite uncertain times. With your support, we can do even more in the year to come – for birds, for wildlife, and for the world we share.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Environmental Education
Tertiary Organization Category Environment / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
State wide
West Haven
We have Audubon Centers in Greenwich, Soutbury and Sharon, CT and recognized Important Bird Areas throughout the state.  We have research projects throughout the CT coast, from Greenwich to Stonington and extending into RI, as well as in Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, and Litchfield counties. In addition, we have chosen to focus on New Haven as a pilot city for our Bird Friendly Communities initiative (as a result of our work, New Haven has been named both an Urban Refuge Partnership Project and an Urban Bird Treaty City).  Our advocacy work is statewide, and we work in concert with our advocacy team in Washington, D.C. We also have nine chapters across the state.

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.

Population Served / /
Audubon’s forest conservation efforts along the Atlantic Flyway seek to improve breeding, migration stopover, and wintering habitat in order to stabilize population declines of forest birds of conservation concern breeding in the eastern United States. Audubon’s Forest Stewardship Program engages private forest landowners in implementing best managements practices for priority birds on their lands. Through this program, Audubon biologists conduct a site visit for each landowner and then provide them with a habitat assessment and recommendations to manage and restore habitat for priority species. Forest bird data  

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.

Population Served / /

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.

Population Served / /

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.

Population Served / /

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.

Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
CEO/Executive Director
Ana Paula Tavares
Term Start Aug 2018
Number of Full Time Staff 23
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1355
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 87%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Bird Conservation
Title Deputy Director of Develoment/Conservation Biologsit
Title Audubon Center at Bent of the River Center Director
Title Center Director, Audubon Sharon
Title Director of Development
Title Bird-Friendly Communities Manager
Title Policy Manager
Title Operations Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

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

Coalition Member Achievement AwardTeaming with Wildlife2012
Partnership Award; For conservation teamwork at Long Beach West in Stratford, CTCoastal America2012
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Ms. Connan Ashforth
Company Affiliation Audubon CT Board Chair
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Dr. David Bingham M.D.Retired
Mrs. Eunice BurnettCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Michael ChambersDirector of the Greenwich Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency for the Town of Greenwich
Mrs. Carole ClarksonCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Andrea de CholnokySenior client partner at Korn/Ferry International staffing and recruiting
Ms. Anne Decker
Mr. Gerald FreedmanConsulting lawyer for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Community Volunteer
Ms. Lile Gibbons
Ms. Melissa Gibbons
Mr. Morgan Gregory
Ms. Darcy Hadjipateras
Ms. Marie Kennedy
Mr. Alex Kragie
Mr. Frank J. LoverroManaging Director at Kelso & Company
Mrs. Jeanne MininallCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Jane-Kerin MoffatRegional Director for National Audubon Society's Northeast Region
Mrs. Emily A. B. NissleyCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Katie O'Brien
Dr. Benjamin Oko
Ms. Caroline Paradiso
Ms. Alexandra Peters
Mr. Dennis Riordanretired teacher & Community Volunteer
Ms. Suni Unger
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $4,149,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,149,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$133,521,772$109,825,623$99,654,623
Total Expenses$106,258,876$104,107,085$96,905,279
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$512,003,186$489,752,100$456,231,397
Current Assets$92,524,955$78,468,383$72,211,372
Long-Term Liabilities$14,338,242$18,728,328$25,827,370
Current Liabilities$17,495,211$15,109,830$14,822,027
Total Net Assets$480,169,733$455,913,942$415,582,000
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831
Primary Phone 203 742-1735
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ana Paula Tavares
Board Chair Ms. Connan Ashforth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Audubon CT Board Chair


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