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Connecticut IBA Contact

Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe

Connecticut IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 9 10,247
State 19 9,303
Total 28 19,550

Connecticut currently has 27 recognized IBAs and is working to announce additional sites in 2006. Audubon Connecticut will be working in the coming years to develop conservation plans for each IBA. Conservation plans are a critical component of the IBA program, providing Audubon, landowners, land managers and other stakeholders with a strategic approach for future conservation and habitat management activities. This proactive and science-based approach will allow much more effective use of resources to ensure that IBAs will remain important for birds not only for our generation, but for many generations to come. Recent Connecticut IBA Accomplishments: City Grant for creation of Bird Sanctuary: The City of Stamford has sought and received a $400,000 grant from the State of Connecticut to restore the area of the old brush dump at the Cove Island Park IBA and turn the area into a bird sanctuary and bird viewing area. Audubon will be working with the city in the planning of this proposed sanctuary. University of Connecticut Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow Research: Audubon Connecticut provided support for this project, which completed its second season of fieldwork in 2004. This project is providing critical information into the habitat requirements and nesting densities Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, a species of extremely high conservation concern. In 2005, BirdLife International upgraded the global conservation status of Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow on the IUCN RedList from Near-Threatened (less concern) to Vulnerable (more concern). The change in this species RedList Status is a direct result of information provided by Audubon Connecticut and researchers from The University of Connecticut. This research also provided the data necessary to justify the prioritization of several state level IBAs along the coast of Connecticut as globally significant IBAs. Dr. Chris Elphick, the lead researcher on this project, was honored with a national award from Partners in Flight in 2005 for this groundbreaking research into Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows and other marsh nesting birds in Connecticut.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Audubon Center in Greenwich Recognized State Fairfield D3, D4vi, D5
Bafflin Sanctuary Complex Recognized State Windham D3
Barn Island Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global New London
Bent of the River Sanctuary Recognized State New Haven D3, D5
Charles Island and Silver Sands State Park Recognized State New Haven D4ii, D5
Connecticut College Arboretum Recognized State New London D3, D5
Cove Island Park Recognized State Fairfield D3
East Rock Park Recognized State New Haven D3, D4vi, D5
Falkner Island Unit of Stewart B. McKinney NWR Recognized State New Haven D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv, D5
Good Hill Farm Preserve Recognized State Litchfield
Great Captains Island Recognized State Fairfield D3, D4iii, D4iv, D5
Greenwich Point Park and Nearby Islands Recognized State Fairfield D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Hammonasset Beach State Park Recognized Global New Haven
Lighthouse Point Park Recognized State New Haven D4vi
Mamacoke Island and Adjacent Coves Recognized State New London D3, D4ii, D4iii
Milford Point/Wheeler Marsh/Mouth of the Housatonic River Recognized Global New Haven D3, D4vi
Naugatuck State Forest Recognized State New Haven
Northwest Park Recognized State Hartford
Quinnipiac River Tidal Marsh Recognized Global New Haven D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Salt Meadow Unit of Stewart B. McKinney NWR Recognized Global Middlesex D3, D5


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