Well-Known Humpback Whale Washes Up on Shore in East Quogue

Apr 27th, 2013 | By

To many East End residents, it was sad enough to see the body of a nearly 48-foot-long humpback whale washed ashore in East Quogue last Wednesday, but to marine biologists, it was the loss of one of the most famous humpbacks to be tracked and studied throughout its lifetime. For more on this story, visit:

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Ospreys Return To Summer Home Near Neck River

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

Right on time, ospreys are returning to their nests in and around Madison. The magnificent hawks overwinter in Florida, northern coastal Mexico, and northern South America. They then return to Connecticut in late March. For more on this story, visit: Ospreys Return To Summer Home Near Neck River – Madison, CT Patch.

Lusty red-winged blackbird gents await the arrival of potential mates

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut swamps are filling with huge flocks of red-wing males singing “O-Gurgl-eeee!” The guys welcome spring with those boisterous calls. The season is all that they have to sing to, for their wives-to-be are still dawdling in Florida. Like me, the ladies cherish this last little warm comfort before diving into the intensive life

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Climate change brings new species to the area (video)

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By

Climate change is bringing some new species to the area. Scott Tucker with Expedition New England, and his son Race, were here to talk about rare birds like the American Bald Eagle, which was on the brink of extinction back in 1970, but now back in the environment. For more on this story, visit: Climate

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CT Audubon report looks at decline of insect-catching birds

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By

Concerned with the dramatic decline of 17 species of birds that nest in Connecticut and eat only insects caught while flying, Connecticut Audubon Society is calling for a multi-agency program of research and assessment along with immediate remedies such as cuts in pesticide use and the creation of man-made nesting sites.

The recommendations and action plan are contained in the Connecticut State of the Birds 2013 report, “The Seventh Habitat and the Decline of Our Aerial Insectivores.”

Coyote sightings rise in western Greenwich

Feb 7th, 2013 | By

Though police and animal control officers have responded to coyote complaints, police say they don’t proactively manage local wildlife. Some are concerned, particularly because at least one of the animals appears to be sick. For more on this story, visit: Coyote sightings rise in western Greenwich – GreenwichTime.

Glastonbury: Programs on the environment

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The environment takes center stage at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury over the next few weeks. For more on this story, visit: Glastonbury: Programs on the environment – Courant.com.

Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Audubon Society is planning to study how Hurricane Sandy’s significant damage to shoreline nesting habitats will affect endangered birds, and whether it could benefit some of them. For more on this story, visit: Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied- The Register Citizen.

First Nest Ever Discovered of One of the World’s Most Endangered Birds

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

  Stresemann’s Bristlefront by Ciro Albano – NE Brazil Birding. Photo may be used with credit. (Washington, D.C., January 17, 2013) The first known nest of one of the world’s rarest birds – the Critically Endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront – has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings

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Tweed New Haven Regional Airport employs sharpshooters to keep animals off runways

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By

As of mid-December, the USDA had taken 23 deer off airport property in 2012.

Providing Housing for Bluebirds One Box at a Time

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

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, loons: Trip on Long Island Sound yields loons aplenty

Dec 5th, 2012 | By

Loons, loons and more loons. That’s what The Hour saw during a recent birdwatching boat trip out to the Norwalk Islands this week.

GDT European wildlife photographer of the year 2012 – in pictures | guardian.co.uk

Nov 8th, 2012 | By

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.

Audubon Statement on Secretary Salazar’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Announcement

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

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.”

DEEP Advises Motorists to Use Caution in theThomaston Area due to Moose Sightings

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By

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.

Fish Passage Project on Mattabesset River in East Berlin Will Open Valuable Habitat for Wildlife

Sep 28th, 2012 | By

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

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The long and winding migration

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By

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

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DEEP Catches and Kills CT Black Bear Deemed ‘Problem Bear’

Sep 5th, 2012 | By

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.

New Federal and Junior Duck Stamps Are Easy Way to Help Protect Wetland Habitat

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By

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 (beautiful pictures from Scott Kruitbosch

May 10th, 2012 | By

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

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