Garden club builds Audubon ‘living classroom’

The Sasqua Garden Club broke ground for a new “living classroom” at Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary, located on Unquowa Road near downtown Fairfield May 5.

Sasqua Garden Club is participating in a multi-year effort to restore Birdcraft’s outdoor teaching spaces around the museum and sanctuary entrance with native trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, grasses and ferns that support a healthy bird habitat. Sasqua’s efforts coincide with Connecticut Audubon Society’s initiative to renovate its historic Birdcraft Museum.

The ground breaking kicked off Sasqua’s planting initiative to create a “living classroom,” reflecting several of the habitats that will be featured in the museum, such as woodland edge, meadow, seaside, urban terrace and wetland. They bring to life Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation mission: To conserve Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats.

The completion of the “living classroom” planting is scheduled for 2015.

“Outdoor, science-based education is at the heart of our mission, and the new living classroom at Birdcraft will greatly enhance the programs we can offer and improve the habitat for the many birds that stop here,” Alex Brash said. “We are extremely grateful for the foresight, generosity and hard work of the Sasqua Garden Club.”

In addition to exhibits representing birds and their habitats, the Museum hosts more than 3,000 students each year by offering programs that are part of the Fairfield public elementary school science curriculum. It also attracts some 16,000 public visitors. Through the Birdcraft’s bird-banding program, active bird-banders have banded more than 21,000 birds of 120 species.

“Sasqua Garden Club is excited to partner with Connecticut Audubon Society in the restoration of Birdcraft Museum’s teaching areas,” Sasqua Garden Club President Jennifer Smith said. “We firmly believe when students and visitors see how beautiful these bird-supportive plantings can be, they will want to model them in their own yards. Our partnership with Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary only strengthens our commitment to education and conservation within our community. It’s a real treasure right in the center of our town.”

Information on Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary is available at 203-259-0416 or ctaudubon.org.

The Sasqua Garden Club, founded in 1930, is a member of the Garden Club of America.

Sasqua Garden Club recently broke ground for a “living classroom” at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum.  Representatives for Sasqua include President Jennifer Smith and Civic Chairman Peggy Stuart. Joining them are Connecticut Audubon President Alexander R. Brash and Director of Fairfield Operations Nelson North.

Sasqua Garden Club recently broke ground for a “living classroom” at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Birdcraft Museum. Representatives for Sasqua include President Jennifer Smith and Civic Chairman Peggy Stuart. Joining them are Connecticut Audubon President Alexander R. Brash and Director of Fairfield Operations Nelson North.

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