*** 3/2/2016 NOS hasn't held a meeting in a few years and there are no events planned in the near future. Any walk or other activity might be announced on the NOS Email list (see below). NOS might currently be described as a loose federation of birders connected by our email list.
NOS maintains an e-mail list for the purpose of disseminating information about upcoming events, bird sightings, questions and answers from other subscribers, and other birding related topics of interest. Anyone may join the list.
There are many good places to find birds in the NOS area. Check our hotspots link for more information and maps.
The idea for a local bird club originated with a subgroup of the Storrs Women's Club. After a few years there was so much interest that a separate group, open to all, was formed. The first meeting was held June 26, 1956. Subsequent meetings resulted in the formation of the Natchaug Ornithological Society. Since its beginning, the Society has remained active in the local birding community, providing a venue for both novice and expert birders. In 1975 total membership was over 100. In recent years membership has held steady at about 80. The society has upheld throughout its existence a tradition of providing local birders with lively programs during its monthly meetings, numerous field trips to birding hot spots both local and distant, and opportunities to participate in censusing and research efforts through such activities as the May and Christmas counts and bird banding.
NOS organizes the Storrs census for the territory displayed below. This area is subdivided into smaller territories that census participants search during Christmas, May, and June counts. We currently have NOS CBC census data from 1956 to 1992 available online offering you a "picture" of what has been happening in the Storrs area since 1956. For example, the local Canada Goose population has increased dramatically in recent years while the American Kestrel is declining significantly as it has elsewhere in the Northeastern US. Many other trends can be observed and with local knowledge of habitat changes and other factors, we may better understand how species are affected. One might consider the effect of past and new construction projects on specific and unique habitats in our area and predict how they may impact species and local habitats. CBC census data may also be able to provide local and regional planners with important information that may be used to maintain and improve habitat for resident and migratory birds and other wildlife.
|Joshua's Trust||One of the oldest local conservation and historic trusts in the State of Connecticut with numerous land holdings in the Storrs area and surrounding towns.||Connecticut Museum of Natural History at UConn in Storrs||Many excellent events, exhibits, and activities throughout the year.|