Hawk Walk and Talk
Currently, more than half of the human population lives in an urban area and this percentage is expected to increase to over 80% by the end of the century. In these urban areas, green spaces like parks, golf courses, cemeteries, and even land in residential neighborhoods can be very important for birds and other wildlife. These areas can provide habitat for nesting, shelter, and overwintering as well as food and water resources. The City of Hartford is within the Atlantic Flyway, thus this city is used by many birds during their spring and fall migrations. In addition to migratory birds, many birds are year round residents in Hartford. To insure that birds can find safe spaces and thrive in Hartford and in other urban areas, it is essential to understand how birds use urban green spaces, then to use that knowledge to maintain, improve, and increase the acreage of green spaces within our cities.
Join us as ornithologist Joan Morrison discusses her work with the Hartford park habitat revitalization and conservation projects. Working with the City of Hartford and a number of other groups, Joan and her team provide hands-on education through planting and other park improvement efforts. During an indoor presentation Joan will walk us through her project and the importance of protecting Hartford's parks. This is an indoor presentation followed by a short walk. Inclement weather may keep us indoors for a longer talk.