NEW HAVEN >> The city is home to ospreys, peregrine falcons and bald eagles, but Craig Repasz of Hamden, president of the New Haven Bird Club, has a somewhat smaller favorite.

While still a student, Malik , and fellow students Arianna Idonia take part in a Green Jobs Corps program at GreenLeaf Biofuel plant in 2015.

While still a student, Malik , and fellow students Arianna and Idonia take part in a Green Jobs Corps program at GreenLeaf Biofuel plant in 2015.

“I really like the black-capped chickadee,” he said Saturday at the signing of the document making New Haven an Urban Bird Treaty City, the 26th in the nation. “He’ll always come to your feeder. He’s here year-round, like a good solid friend.”

Malik Joyner, a 2015 Common Ground graduate, said he’s learned to become a leader by working to plant trees with URI. He’s still involved with the agency.

 

When I started working for URI, I never wanted to socialize with others in my group….When junior year came, I knew the job well and knew how to work faster but I started to break out of my shell and socialize with others and I became a leader through that. … The point I’m trying to make is URI has shaped me into a leader and I will continue to be a leader this summer when I work with the Common Ground crew as a co-leader or supervisor.

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