New Haven's Newest IBA

By: 
Arabelle Schoenberg

Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve was declared New Haven's newest IBA last week! IBA stands for Important Bird Area and it is a classification given by the Audubon Society to natural areas, both urban and rural, that are considered important for the conservation of at-risk bird populations. Audubon CT approved the addition of Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve to the pre-existing Quinnipiac Tidal Marsh IBA, which spans over 900 acres of marshland along the Quinnipiac River in New Haven, North Haven, and Hamden. 

Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve is a destination for birders from all over the state of Connecticut. Many exceptional bird species have been sighted and recorded to online records through platforms such as ebird.org. Globally important species such as the Saltmarsh Sparrow make their home in the preserve. The Saltmarsh Sparrow nests on the ground, and can survive in the preserve because the marsh is only inundated during periodic high tides. In 2017, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and a Bald Eagle were spotted in the preserve. The Land Trust has installed three osprey nesting platforms in the preserve over the past two years, which allows the osprey to thrive. They can be easily seen from the trail if visitors bring binoculars!

Anyone interested in birding, no matter their level of expertise, should join the Land Trust on our free guided bird walks. We partner with the New Haven Bird Club, Audubon CT, Audubon Sharon, and the New Haven Parks Department to regularly bring bird experts out to the preserve to share their knowledge with the public. Follow us on Facebook to find out about our educational events. You can also check out the CT Ornithological Association's calendar and the New Haven Bird Club's website to stay updated on birding events happening all over Greater New Haven! 

Many thanks to Audubon CT for their partnership and their constant support of conservation and education at Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve! Additional thanks to the Quinnipiac River Fund, the Watershed Fund, and the Woman's Seamen's Friend Society for their support in maintaining Quinnipiac Meadows. 

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018