The City of Hartford received a $70,000 challenge grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program to improve migratory bird habitat within Hartford Parks, and to develop educational guidelines that describe bird habitat characteristics in detail, so that city staff, area non-profits and citizens can participate in enhancing bird habitat throughout the city.
The Connecticut River is an important migratory pathway for birds within the Atlantic Flyway. The historic City of Hartford parkland and open spaces are significant urban bird havens. Every spring and fall thousands of birds fly through Hartford during the seasonal migration along the Connecticut River corridor. The many local native birds that reside Hartford further attest to the importance of these urban environments to the well being of birds.
The City of Hartford “Urban Bird Treaty” work will include the development of a “Park Plant Palette” to describe native vegetation that provides food and shelter for migratory birds. The “Park Plant Palette” will serve as a guide for two habitat restoration projects at the park ponds in Keney and Pope Park. In addition, the Park Plant Palette will be distributed to school children, youth groups, and public libraries so as to encourage and expand citizen involvement. The City of Hartford is working in partnership with Trinity College Professor of Biology Dr. Joan Morrison; Mary Pelletier of Park Watershed, Inc.; Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission; Friends of Keney Park, and Friends of Pope Park.
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