Wildlife

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.



Introducing ‘Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder,’ A Weekly Guide to the State’s Birds and its Great Outdoor Places

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
Black Scoter (photo: naturespicsonline)

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.



The Connecticut College Arboretum: A Bountiful Campus Resource, Nationally Recognized

Nov 1st, 2013 | By

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

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Glastonbury’s Timber Rattlesnakes Losing Battle With Humans

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

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

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Researchers want to study sea turtle that washed ashore in Milford

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

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

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Coyote warning issued for pet owners in Waterford – WFSB 3 Connecticut

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

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

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Understanding Connecticut’s Wildlife

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

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

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DEEP: be cautious of moose

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

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.

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Finch celebrates city’s teen wildlife ambassadors

Sep 10th, 2013 | By
Mayor Bill Finch is presented with a gift from the members of the Bridgeport WildLife Guards during a meet and greet in Beardsley Park on Sept. 5.

The teens are the first members of the WildLife Guards, a program launched in 2012 by Audubon Connecticut in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and the city of Bridgeport.



CT Audubon names new president

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

Alexander R. Brash, a longtime conservation leader and Connecticut resident with an extensive record of success managing non-profits and government agencies, has been named president of Connecticut Audubon Society.



Groundhogs Displaced by Busway Moved from Cemetery

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

Fairview Cemetery in New Britain has long been home to groundhogs, but now that the “CT Fastrak” busway is under construction in the graveyard, the project — run by the state — has agreed to reimburse the city government for a trap and release program. CT Fastrak is a $567 million plan to build a

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Phil Donahue and Milan Bull talk Purple Martins

Jun 13th, 2013 | By

Many friends gathered at the beautiful setting of Sherwood Island State Park, Nature Center for the Friends of Sherwood Islands 15th Annual meeting. Over 75 people gathered at Nature Center for the Annual Meeting.



Taking time to savor the Cape’s birdlife

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

The smell of the sea and a chorus of birdsong greet me at the entrance to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. In the distance, I hear the loud honking of Canada geese, while in the nearby bushes, I spot a red-winged blackbird, white-crowned sparrow, and the orange-and-brown rufous-sided towhee. For more on this story, visit:

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Donahue hails ‘wonderful, wonderful’ Westport perch for birding

Jun 7th, 2013 | By

Emmy Award-winning television personality Phil Donahue was not encouraged by teachers to wonder about nature as a boy. … Donahue now introduces the natural world to children through his www.GazeboPhil.com, a website that streams live footage of his nesting boxes and the birds that inhabit them. The footage served as the backdrop for his remarks

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Charles and Duck islands closed for nesting season

May 24th, 2013 | By

The DEEP has announced that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public beginning today, May 24 through Sept. 9, 2013, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the DEEP.



Tree Conservancy needs help to save songbirds

May 16th, 2013 | By

Audubon Greenwich, in collaboration with the Greenwich Tree Conservancy and the Bruce Museum, recently presented their Urban Oases, Expanding Bird Habitat for Migrating Songbirds, a research program spearheaded by Michelle Frankel, Audubon Connecticut’s conservation biologist. For more on this story, visit: Tree Conservancy needs help to save songbirds | Greenwich Post.



Survey of bald eagles find 30 nests statewide, 8 along Connecticut River

May 14th, 2013 | By

In the state’s first bald eagle nesting survey, the state Department of Fish and Game has verified 30 active nests this spring, including eight along the Connecticut River, six at Quabbin Reservoir and four along the Merrimack River. The survey, coordinated by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and involving agency staff and 35 volunteers,

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Net vandalism harmful to birds

May 3rd, 2013 | By

Vandalism to nets at the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary — when mist netting nets are tampered with, birds can get caught and die. For more on this story, visit: Net vandalism harmful to birds – Connecticut Post.