Wildlife

DEEP Looking for Public Comment on Updated Wildlife Action Plan

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

If you’re interested in giving state officials your opinions about Connecticut’s wildlife and environmental conservation policies, you’ll have your chance at a series of three public hearings this month and next on the state’s Wildlife Action Plan. For more on this story, visit: DEEP Looking for Public Comment on Updated Wildlife Action Plan – Hartford

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CL&P moves an osprey nest in Westport (photo)

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

It was moving day today for an osprey nest on Westport’s Post Road East. Connecticut Light & Power Company workers erected a platform and moved an osprey nest from one utility pole to another in the Fresh Market parking lot, 605 Post Road East, to get it away from power lines. For more on this

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DEEP warning motorists to beware of deer, moose this fall

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s DEEP Wildlife Division reminds motorists to be watchful of increased deer and moose activity, especially during early morning and evening hours. September through October is the peak of the breeding season for Connecticut’s small but expanding moose population in the northern part of the state.



Large, dead sea turtle washes ashore in Clinton

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By

Officials from Mystic Aquarium said they weren’t able to bring the Clinton turtle in for a necropsy because it was fairly degraded. However, they said its wounds were consistent with that of a boat propeller. For more on this story, visit: Large sea turtle washes ashore in Clinton – WFSB 3 Connecticut.



Preserving Crucial Tern Habitat in Long Island Sound

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
Common Tern (photo: Sheila Foran, UConn)

While the terns are currently thriving, their environment is being overrun by nuisance and invasive plant species, such as the wild radish, Black Swallow-wort, and Asiatic Bittersweet, that threaten to destroy their nesting sites.



New Panel Formed to Help State Protect Birding Areas

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By

The state’s decision to form the new advisory committee comes just a few weeks after a Connecticut Audubon Society report warned that old-style habitat conservation efforts weren’t working well to save many declining bird species. But one state official said that report wasn’t the only trigger for this new conservation effort. For more on this

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Governor Declares Important Bird Area Day

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

As thousands of migratory birds – especially hawks – and Monarch butterflies fly overhead, local residents and bird enthusiasts heard Connecticut DEEP Commissioner, speaking on behalf of Gov. Malloy, declare Sept. 21, 2014, “Important Bird Area Day” in Connecticut.



Rare Birds To Be Punted From Rentschler Field Area

Sep 19th, 2014 | By
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It’s a prime habitat for nesting birds, including upland sandpipers, grasshopper sparrows and bobolinks. However, an $84 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet shopping center is planned for the site.



Global warming a threat to Greenwich birds, and birds elsewhere

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

According to a recent report by the National Audubon Society, these birds are just a few of the local species that may disappear from Greenwich and its environs by 2080 because of climate change — read that as global warming. Rising temperatures and tides, the report says, could force the birds to seek cooler climates

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DEEP Says Bobcat Involved in Attack Was Rabid

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s DEEP says the bobcat apparently involved in the attack on a woman in Bozrah Saturday tested positive for rabies. The results were obtained this afternoon from the State Health Lab administered by the Department of Public Health.



Habitat Change Threatens Connecticut’s Birds; Sound Conservation Management is Crucial to Recovery

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s wide diversity of bird species is diminishing and is at risk of continued declines as habitats throughout the state suffer from neglect caused by a lack of conservation management. Connecticut Audubon Society has released its annual State of the Birds Report to serve as a guide, a warning, and a call to action.

The declining population of Bobolinks in Connecticut can be addressed with proper land management.



Purple Martins focus of banding project at Sherwood Island State Park

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

Where will the young Purple Martins nest next spring? Trying to answer that question was the driving force behind a banding project held Thursday at the new Purple Martin gourd colony at Sherwood Island State Park. Staff and volunteers from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Friends of Sherwood Island partnered to band,

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CT Audubon citizen science initiative to monitor CT osprey health

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
An osprey lands in its nest in Branford. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

If you live near an active Osprey nest and can volunteer about an hour a month to be part of our network of stewards, email CT Audubon at osprey@ctaudubon.org. The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population. Click on this Environmental Headline for more information.



For the Birds: Summertime at the beach | Chris Bozak

Jul 10th, 2014 | By

By CHRIS BOSAK They screech at you, dive bomb you, gang up on you and generally make you feel very unwelcome. One even did its business on my shoulder to show how much it didn’t want me there. It’s all in a day’s work for volunteers with the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds. I say

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Connecticut man bequeaths $8 million to protect wildlife

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

The foundation says the gift is the largest it has ever received and will be used to create a permanent endowment, the Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals and the Environment. They anticipate the fund will generate about $320,000 in grant dollars each year to be awarded for projects benefiting animals. For more on this

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Bear Population on Rise in Connecticut

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Bear sightings are practically a daily occurrence in the northwest corner of Connecticut. In the past year, there have been 340 bear sightings in Avon alone, and speculation of bear dens near commercial areas, such as busy route 44. These bears are lured into neighborhoods by bird feeders and garbage cans, and seem to be

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Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
An osprey flying over a marsh in Branford, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching a new citizen science program called “Osprey Nation.”



Purple Martin Hatchlings at Sherwood Island

Jun 14th, 2014 | By

Milan Bull, our senior director of science and education, has been working with Friends of Sherwood Island to establish a colony this year at Sherwood Island State Park, on the shores of Long Island Sound. The colony is succeeding!



Moose alert in New Britain

May 29th, 2014 | By
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Motorists in the New Britain area are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose this afternoon near the intersection of Route 72 and Interstate 84.



Turtles and Roads Are a Deadly Combo: Assisting them in proper manner helps ensure survival of species

May 24th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads. The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles and during this season egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search of terrestrial nesting sites.