Birds

Autumn 2017:

Now available online: ‘Hartford’s Birds – Park Habitat Revitalization and Conservation’  a Municipal Conservation Reference of lessons drawn from the Urban Bird Treaty. Print the Hartford Urban Bird Plant Palette digital file  (11′ X 17″). Simply click to open the illustration of Seasonal Urban Bird Foods and the corresponding Native Plant List.

Hartford’s Birds – Park Habitat Revitalization and Conservation City of Hartford, situated mid-state at the confluence of the Park River regional watershed with the Connecticut River, includes historic parkland that serve as essential bird havens for urban-adaptive migratory birds that travel along the Atlantic flyway. Working with Trinity College and Park Watershed, City of Hartford has developed a series of habitat enhancement maintenance and design practices and public education programs.

A limited number of Plant Palettes folded reference and posters are available
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PROJECT SUMMARY:
Hartford’s Birds – Park Habitat Revitalization and Conservation’

The three key goals of this project are to enhance habitat; provide the public with information specific to local bird habitat; and to reduce urban migratory bird hazards. Habitat enhancement projects have been implemented around the ponds of Keney Park and Pope Park with community groups, Friends Keney Park and Friends of Pope Park. This work included planting native trees, shrubs, and wildflower as well as the removal of trash and invasive non-native plants. Maps and signage of the habitat enhancement projects are being prepared for installation (2014).

A ‘Plant Palette’ developed through project field research and habitat enhancement projects is being distributed in print and digital format to educate the community about vegetation that provides habitat for migratory birds traveling through Hartford.

Urban conditions hazardous to birds, such as strikes against glass curtain walls, have been studied. Materials and products that can reduce the impact of hazardous conditions will be tested.

A memorandum of recommendations will review ways to strengthen existing bird habitat, such as reducing night light pollution. We aim to fulfill the purpose of the US Fish and Wildlife’s Urban Bird Treaty Program, which “works with cities and partners to conserve migratory birds through education, hazard reductions, citizen science, conservation actions, and conservation and habitat improvement strategiesin urban/suburban areas”  more about the program is available through this weblink: Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds.

‘Hartford’s Birds – Park Habitat Revitalization and Conservation’ 
was formally announced on May 19th 2012, at Keney Park Pond. To celebrate Hartford’s Urban Bird Treaty, the  WOW Express, was featured at the Ebony Horsewomen Spring Festival. The “WOW” or Watershed on Wheels, is the mobile visitor center of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

 

The celebration of Hartford’s Birds began with a morning bird walk, lead by Dr. Joan Morrison around Keney Park Pond. During the month of May, International Migratory Bird events are happening throughout North America. The 2012 theme is ‘Connecting People to Bird Conservation’, that is ” highlighted in the 2012 art created by Rafael Lopez.  The lively piece reflects the joy, curiosity, and beauty of birds, while sharing the importance of community in bird conservation.”

Let us know if you would like to learn more, share your urban bird observations, or participate in the bird habitat enhancement project.