As a part of the ongoing CDC-funded Integrated Tick Management study in Redding, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station conducted helicopter aerial deer surveys of four square miles in February 2013 and six square miles in January 2014. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Redding Pilot online.
Police in South Windsor are warning residents about coyote sightings and say pets should be protected from possible attacks. For more on this story, visit: The Connecticut Post for Conn. police warn of coyote sightings.
Two weeks ago the U.S. House embarked on what Audubon considers a War on Wildlife. Under consideration were three severe anti-wildlife bills, covering a wide range of issues that would impact species protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), undermine National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) safeguards, and cripple key restoration programs. The three bills each
The total number of ducks observed during the survey was 19,375. This is higher than both the five-year and 10-year averages. The puddle duck count of 10,141 was twice the recent five-year average of 4,734, and well above the 10-year average of 3,700.
The Connecticut Audubon Society isn’t letting 2013 pass without pointing out some of the highlights. An email alert and a page on their website outlines them nicely. “In 2013 we welcomed tens of thousands of hikers, improved hundreds of acres of key habitat, and provided outdoor science education to thousands of school children. We also found time for plenty of birding, and to help make it easier for birders around the state to get out to see Snowy Owls, Piping Plovers, Purple Martins and dozens of other birds.”
Partridges have become so rare in Connecticut in the last two decades that it might be easier to find two French hens or three turtle doves than a partridge, also called the ruffed grouse, the society said. The reason for the scarcity, and the solution, is in the woods themselves, the society said. For more
Officials at the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say Connecticut is being frequented early and often this year by a majestic winged arctic visitor.
Snowy Owl Irruption of 2013: A Great Year for These Arctic Visitors, and Milford Point is a Great Place to View OneDec 4th, 2013 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
Snowy Owls have irrupted in the northeast this winter, invading in good numbers and providing a rare spectacle that is delighting birders and underscoring the region’s connectedness to events above the Arctic Circle. In Connecticut, one of the best places to see Snowy Owls locally is Connecticut Audubon Society’s Milford Point Coastal Center, where one
Snowy Owls and a Fork-tailed Flycatcher are grabbing all the headlines in Connecticut this week _ and deservedly so. Snowy Owls are being found up and down the coast and that flycatcher has been entertaining birders in Hadlyme. I haven’t seen either species yet this fall/winter, but I thoroughly enjoyed a canoe trip on Long
For months Patrick Comins of Audubon Connecticut has been looking forward to early December to get views of a rare, long-tailed visitor from afar.
While he was expecting Comet ISON to put on a spectacular show, he got a different kind of long-tailed visitor instead — one that he was not expecting at all.
Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Patrick’s article in WXEdge.
This year is the 67th Annual Westport Christmas Bird Count, and the 114th anniversary of the National Audubon CBC concept. This fall has been pretty exciting for Connecticut birders with a number of unusual species being seen in our area. CBC participants are looking forward to finding the unusual and the commonplace too, as all
Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook), Rep. Tom Vicino (D-Clinton), and Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) presented a ceremonial Connecticut Department of Transportation sign to Rick Potvin, refuge manager at the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook. The presentation marked a new Connecticut law, sponsored by Sen. Linares, which aims to attract more visitors to
A Connecticut environmental conservation officer who was shot and killed 15 years ago while investigating a report of illegal deer hunting is being remembered. For more on this story, visit: Fallen Connecticut conservation officer to be remembered – News – The Bulletin – Norwich, CT.
Introducing ‘Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder,’ A Weekly Guide to the State’s Birds and its Great Outdoor PlacesNov 15th, 2013 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
Connecticut Audubon Society has launched a new weekly guide, called Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder, to help birders of all levels plan weekend trips to see interesting birds in great outdoor settings throughout the state. Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder is designed to be a carefully curated guide to an unusual or interesting bird that has been sighted that week in a publicly-accessible location.
This past summer, the Connecticut College Arboretum received national recognition by Nerd Scholar, a website concerning the intricacies of higher education, which called the College one of the ten colleges/universities that “invest in our nation with Programs that take the lead in land preservation and restoration.” Other colleges and universities that garnered recognition for their
The town’s population of endangered timber rattlesnakes suffer from an “evil trio” of adverse factors as they try to survive. Douglas Fraser, a biology professor at Siena College in New York who has studied the rattlesnake population in central Connecticut for the past several decades, said those three factors are habitat loss, road kills and
The carcass of an endangered leatherback sea turtle has washed ashore on the city’s west end. Researchers from Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History are working to retrieve its skeleton for research. Cause of death may never be known as the body is very decomposed, experts said. For more on this story, visit: Researchers
More than 100 cats have gone missing in the Waterford/East Lyme area over the last year and most have yet to be found. The Waterford animal control officer, Robert Yuchniuk, said he thinks predators are on the loose, and has kept a book of all the missing pets since 2009. Yuchniuk said he believes coyotes
Tracy Rittenhouse, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, knows a thing or two about black bears (Ursus americanus americanus). She also knows about species as diverse as Eastern and New England cottontails, spotted salamanders, woodcock, and white-tailed deer, among others. … The fact that there are black bears roaming around
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding residents to stay a safe distance away if you encounter a moose. DEEP officials said there have been recent moose sightings in New Milford, Farmington, and East Haddam; and while moose are usually shy, they can feel threatened when encountering people or pets and become aggressive.