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When migratory songbirds reach New Haven after flying across Long Island Sound, they immediately hunt for safe perches on which to rest and recover. Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases initiative ensures that even in the heart of this urban area, a corridor of green habitats is waiting.
Created with the help of community volunteer teams in parks and schoolyards, the habitats are the product of a larger mission by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to “bring the wildlife to the people,” says Michelle Frankel, Center Director for Audubon Greenwich and CT Team Leader for Bird-Friendly Communities.
Beyond the benefits to birds, wildlife and the larger ecosystem, the oases are also outdoor classrooms for students. They provide leadership opportunities for young people. And they are tranquil green spaces for neighborhoods with an abundance of asphalt and concrete.
“Our focus is not just on birds, but also on communities,” says Frankel. Continue reading.