Lighthouse Point Migration Festival

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By Patrick Comins on September 10, 2013, 10:36am Last modified: September 15, 2013, 8:52am

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Fall is the season I look forward to the most.   Bird migration is at its peak in terms of numbers and diversity and they aren't the only creatures on the move.   They are joined by bats, butterflies and dragonflies all riding the same winds that carry raptors, songbirds and shorebirds our way.   Each fall cold front brings a new wave as millions of flying creatures catch a ride on northwest winds up and down the Atlantic flyway, taking advantage of the tail winds for a free ride south.  

Above, a Merlin, a type of small falcon rests in a tree.  Merlins are regularly sighted in the park, even on bad migration days.  They often perch in the trees at the edge of the field, offering great views. 

One of the best places in New England to see this phenomenon is right here in New Haven at Lighthouse Point Park.   Each September we celebrate this spectacle with the annual Lighthouse Point Migration Festival.   This year's festival will be Sunday, September 22nd from 8am-3pm

The festival is one of the highlights of the year for nature enthusiasts and features:

Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
Bird banding demonstrations (See wild birds up close!)
Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
Rides on the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
Tours of the Historic Lighthouse!
Live Bluegrass Music!
Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
Bird walks and more

For a complete schedule of events, please see:

migrating monarch

A migrating monarch butterfly passes overhead.  This year Monarchs appear to be at an all-time low.  There is much concern about their continued presence in our skies and gardens.  Come learn about what you can do to help and help Connecticut Butterfly Association volunteers tag monarchs in the butterfly gardens so we can better understand their migration patterns. 

For more information on Lighthouse Point Park, please see:


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