We should all celebrate the publication of Hartford’s Birds – Park Habitat Revitalization and Conservation, which draws lessons from the Urban Bird Treaty.
Hartford, situated 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, the City of Hartford has developed a series of habitat enhancement maintenance and design practices and public education programs.
The three key goals of that project were 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.
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. Through this effort, we are fulfilling 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 here.
(language adopted from Park Watershed website!)