Litchfield’s First Selectman Denise Raap is showing her support for Litchfield Hills Audubon Society’s mission.

Rapp on Monday, April 12, presented a proclamation to the organization’s president, Marie Kennedy of Litchfield, and a member of its board of directors, Vickie Dauphinais of Bantam, declaring April a “Bird-Friendly Plant Month” in Litchfield.

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society is dedicating the month to encouraging local residents to plant bird-friendly native plants that will help sustain their populations. Bird-friendly plants provide food and shelter for hundreds of species of migratory birds, many of which are being threatened by habitat destruction and climate change, according to the Audubon Society.

“It’s a wonderful gesture on behalf of the town and we appreciate it,” Dauphinais said of the proclamation endorsed by the Board of Selectmen.

Birch, sumac, honeysuckle vines, milkweed, oak, beech, hickory, pines and cherry are examples of plantings that help support common Connecticut birds, such as the chickadee, hummingbird, warbler and woodpecker, according to the Audubon Society.


LHAS Proclaims April as “Bird-Friendly Plant Month”