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First name / Friend, in the business of day-to-day life, it can be easy to overlook the gifts which nature bestows to us in miraculous ways. Not long after Catherine died, it was hard to see anything past my own grief, hard to look anywhere but down. And maybe that's why the mama bird left a pile of grass on my porch…perhaps she knew that she had to leave something down below to have me look up. And it worked. My eyes rose to discover a hidden bird nest tucked above our lamplight, a tiny fortress for the babies nestled safely inside. And tucked into the walls of this fortress was the tiniest of purple blooms…violets…Catherine's middle name and favorite flower. I will always be eternally grateful to that mama bird's gift to me; a simple gift that made me look up and helped me believe in miracles again.


May this month and every month that follows, fill you with awe at the gifts delivered by feathered friends, nature's beauty and the sky above. 

Jenny Hubbard

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 Friends, we got you covered!

Great Backyard Birdcount from February 12-15

Want to get out in nature AND help birds? Participate in the global Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend! Wild bird expert, Morgan Evans, visited us at the sanctuary to share all about this free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages. Visit to learn more. 

 Animals, we got you covered!

Bird Feeders & Feeding Tips!

Join Phil Robbins of Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield, CT as he shares how to keep our feathered friends happy and healthy this winter season and beyond. 


 Environment, we got you covered!



Did you know?

We know that vultures don't usually come to mind when thinking of beautiful birds, but after hearing what they do for the planet, they might go to the top of the list!

  • Often referred to as ‘Nature’s Clean-Up Crew’, vultures help to prevent the spread of diseases, such as rabies and tuberculosis through clearing away carcasses.
  • Despite the tales, vultures do not possess a sixth sense to detect, or smell dying animals. Circling vultures are in fact surveying areas for food and will use their other senses to spot, smell or hear other birds feeding on a carcass.
  • Vultures have extremely strong acids inside their stomachs that allow them to fight and destroy lethal bacteria.
  • Of the 23 species of vultures that exist, over half are considered either threatened, endangered, or critically endangered as a result of human impact. Besides being poisoned from poached animal carcasses, vultures are also facing issues such as habitat fragmentation and increased human conflict.


 Inspiration, we got you covered!

Valentine's Day is this weekend and a great time to celebrate nature's iconic symbol of love - the swan. Not only do swans mate for life, but they are also phenomenal mothers who are fiercely protective of their young.   


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"A bird does not sing because it has an answer, 

it sings because it has a song." 

– Maya Angelou