If you build it, they will come. Sounds simple, right? This common phrase is often used to describe situations with definite outcomes. Hang up a bird feeder and you get birds. Plant wildflowers and you get bees. Put up a bluebird nest box and you get bluebirds . . . well maybe. Truth be told, it may not be quite as straightforward as “build it and they will come.”
Loons, loons and more loons. That’s what The Hour saw during a recent birdwatching boat trip out to the Norwalk Islands this week.
Stunning images of animals from land and sea feature in this selection of the best wildlife snaps of the GDT European wildlife photographer of the year awards GDT European wildlife photographer of the year 2012 – in pictures | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
Following today’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska announcement by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, National Audubon Society President and CEO David Yarnold said: “The secretary’s plan shows that Americans can protect nature even on lands designated for energy production. It would be a great victory for birds, wildlife and common sense. And it says that some places really are too precious to drill, and there’s no better example than the Teshekpuk Lake area, one of the planet’s most prolific bird nurseries.”
Motorists in the Thomaston area are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose near Route 8. Moose near roadways pose a particular danger because their dark color and tall stance make them difficult to see at night and, once struck, more likely to collapse through the vehicle windshield.
Contractors have started building a major fishway on the Mattabesset River, a Connecticut River tributary. NEW HAVEN, CT — Work is now underway on a state-of-the-art fishway on the Mattabesset River in East Berlin. Led by The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut Program in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the project
Fall migration in Connecticut is not a straightforward matter. How can it be when birds fly west in order to travel south, then sometimes turn north before correcting their heading. It’s all got to do with the map. The East Coast of North America runs north-south for the most part with one exception. The coast
Two videos posted on YouTube show Bear B-1 eating while people are nearby, talking at her. For more on this story, visit: DEEP Catches and Kills CT Black Bear Deemed “Problem Bear” – Glastonbury, CT Patch.
The 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp went on sale today across the United States, giving hunters, stamp collectors and anyone who cares about migratory birds and other wildlife an easy way to help conserve their habitat.
Ninety-eight percent of proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to acquire and protect vital wetlands supports hundreds of species of migratory birds, wildlife and plants.
More spring migrants and breeders I found 76 species of birds including 21 species of warblers at the Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area of the Aspetuck Land Trust on May 8. It was another dark and dreary sort of day, far from a photographers dream amongst a sea of leaves, but here are some shots
The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District is seeking volunteers who are interested in documenting the types of birds that utilize the Poquetanuck Cove, a tidal cove of the Thames River in Ledyard and Preston, from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20, coinciding with the Great American Bird Count. For more on this story, visit: The Day –
Either a red-shouldered, or a red-tailed, hawk, no one’s quite sure which — they’re similar — has attacked at least four students on campus. The latest attack was last Thursday. For more on this story, visit: ‘Hawk’s nest’ knocked down video – Fairfield – Minuteman News Center.
Ted Gilman, education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, is the point man for two February national events for bird lovers. On Thursday at Cos Cob Library Gilman will address the significance surrounding National Bird Feeding Month and also how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count that takes place in Greenwich from February 17-20. For
Spotted salamanders exposed to contaminated roadside ponds are adapting to their toxic environments, according to a Yale paper in Scientific Reports. This study provides the first documented evidence that a vertebrate has adapted to the negative effects of roads apparently by evolving rapidly. “This adaptation is certainly encouraging for conservation,” said Steven Brady, the study’s author and a doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “But our modern footprint is fundamentally changing species in ways we don’t understand and, critically, we don’t know if these adaptive responses will keep pace with environmental change.”
Animal advocates and hunters disagree about the best way to control wildlife intruders that find their way into your backyard. But animal advocates, hunters and wildlife experts agree that development encroaches on wildlife habitats, forcing many species to venture into the suburbs to seek food and shelter. And now deer, coyotes, fox, raccoons and even
Beardsley Zoo says it’s receiving a $78,000 grant to help it train youths in wildlife conservation. The three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will support the Bridgeport zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps teen program. For more on this story, visit: Beardsley Zoo Gets Grant « CBS Connecticut.
If you build it, they will come. That’s the hope of these folks who tramped around the soggy salt marsh in 14 degrees, bundled up against bone-chilling winds at Hammonasset Beach State Park last Sunday morning. For more on this story, visit: An aerie: Volunteers build nesting platform for Osprey at Hammonasset – News –
Scientists say they’re especially concerned about a national decline in one duck species — the scaup — which may be linked to habitat change. The latest Connecticut scaup count was 1,000, down from 5,400 last year. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut mid-winter survey finds fewer ducks along Atlantic Flyway migration route | The
To promote wetland conservation, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is initiating a contest where artists can enter an original piece of artwork that depicts a waterfowl species (duck, goose, or brant) that occurs in Connecticut.
The winning entry will be featured on the 2013 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. Note: This is not a postage stamp.
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Connecticut wildlife officials have quietly drafted plans for a bear-hunt lottery — a way of deciding who gets to kill a limited number of the animals — and the plan is being reviewed this week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office. The Hartford Courant reports. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.