Wildlife

Connecticut is currently revising its Wildlife Action Plan

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Participation by conservation partners, academic institutions, and the public is the key to making the revised Plan an effective tool for conserving Connecticut’s diversity of wildlife resources for future generations.



What should be done about all the deer in Shelton?

Apr 21st, 2014 | By

The deer population in Connecticut appears to have peaked in 2000, and has been declining ever since due primarily to more liberal hunting laws in the state. This is based on annual aerial deer surveys and the number of deer killed in car accidents, which also has been dropping for the past decade or so.

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CT Audubon seeks artists for Birds and Their Habitat art exhibition

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

Connecticut Audubon Society announces a call to artists for the 5th annual Birds and Their Habitat Art Exhibition and Sale, Sept. 26-28. Works must feature birds and/or the beauty of nature, from bird life and their habitats to the diversity of natural landscapes specific to Connecticut and the Northeast. Works must be original and current.

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Bald eagles returned to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail to nest

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
One of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Windsor Locks (Paul J. Fusco/CT DEEP)

A pair of bald eagles returned to Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail to nest for the fourth year in a row. To protect them, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has closed a portion of the trail until July 1.



Part of Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail closed for nesting eagles

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the southern end of the popular Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail will be closed through June 2014 to protect a pair of nesting bald eagles. “Although bald eagle numbers are increasing in the state, the birds are still a state threatened species and need

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DEEP Backs Sunday Bowhunting Bill

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Bowhunting deer on private property on Sundays would be permitted under a bill supported by Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee as a deer population control measure. The bill aims to help manage Connecticut’s overabundant white-tailed deer population by allowing property owners to hunt deer on Sundays with bows. In written testimony, Klee said

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For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hasn’t done a statewide estimate for about five years, but at last count, there were around 120,000 deer in Connecticut, with the largest concentrations in Fairfield County. For more on this story, visit: For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest | WNPR

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Aerial deer survey results

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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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.



Conn. police warn of coyote sightings

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

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.



House declares war on wildlife

Feb 20th, 2014 | By
Piping Plovers and other nesting shorebirds, as well as endangered sea turtles, are all making a comeback under a National Park Service rule that limits beach driving during nesting—a rule the House bill would overturn. (photo by Melissa Groo / Photo Awards)

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

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DEEP Waterfowl Survey: Numbers Are Generally Up

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

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.



10 Reasons 2013 Was a Good Year for Conservation

Dec 28th, 2013 | By

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.”



Connecticut Audubon Society warns partridge population on the decline

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

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

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Snowy Owls Visiting Connecticut Shoreline (update)

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
A snowy owl sits on a Long Beach Stratford stone pier in Connecticut Nov. 30. (photo: George Oleyer)

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 One

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

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

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Purple Sandpipers on Long Island Sound off the coast of Darien | Birds of New England

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

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

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Connecticut birders catch a glimpse of a long-tailed visitor from far far away

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
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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.



Westport CT Annual CBC Christmas Bird Count Sunday Dec. 15 2013

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

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

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Westbrook senator touts new law promoting wildlife refuge

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

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

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Fallen Connecticut conservation officer to be remembered

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

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.