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The Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) is pleased to announce that we will offer one Young Birder Scholarship in 2017 to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young birders. The 2017 scholarship will cover the full cost ($1,295.00) of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at National Audubon’s Hog Island camp during the week of June 18-23, 2017. The cost includes housing, boat travel, and all meals. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the camp.
Applicants must be a Connecticut resident, ages 14-17, and must submit a written application and two letters of reference. Preference will be given to applicants with individual or family COA membership. To be considered a member, an applicant may join the club at the time of application.
Completed applications and references must be received by the COA by January 15, 2017.
The Connecticut Christmas Bird Count schedule is now available to download.
The COA Bulletin Fall edition is now available to download.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has a web site with information about getting help for injured, orphaned and distressed wildlife including listings for licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators for small birds, hawks and owls, ducks and geese and other birds. See the links below for the information about:
An excellent way to support habitat conservation in Connecticut is to buy a CT Duck Stamp and a Federal Duck Stamp annually. A Federal Duck Stamp gets you free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. CT Duck Stamp funds have generated additional monies for Connecticut through matching grants from federal conservation initiatives.
More and more, CT birders record their sightings on eBird and there are many benefits for you and the birding community. Besides archiving all your sightings, after registering eBird can send alerts of unusual sightings in CT and other regions to your email inbox. There are options for delivery of alerts by county, state, and country and also Needs Alerts for species you have not personally recorded in a particular region. For more information visit the eBird Alerts help page.
Once you've registered for eBird you might also want to check out the eBird Mobile Apps page where you can find eBird Mobile, an app for your phone or tablet for entering eBird data in the field, and the Merlin app for identification.