Wildlife

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.



Dust Off Your Bird-Watching Binoculars

May 20th, 2014 | By

If you’re a birder, now is the time to grab your binoculars. The Connecticut Audubon Society said May is turning out to be a great time to watch birds. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Connecticut Audubon Society President Alexander Brash about spring migration. To find out where the best places are to see the many species of birds

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Paton’s Birder Haven Lives On!

May 10th, 2014 | By

Bonnie Paton Moon and Larry Morgan are the next guests on BirdCallsRadio WORLDWIDE, Internet Streaming & BCR iTunes. For more on this story, visit: Paton’s Birder Haven Lives On! | BirdCallsRadio.



It’s Shad Season

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

The shad are in the river. That’s the word from Lisa Feinman, owner of Atlantic Seafood on the Boston Post Road, which just received its first shipment of Connecticut River shad last week. “It wasn’t a lot of fish – we should have more [this] week. But it’s nice to finally have shad. Customers have

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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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