Nature Notes

Common Loon

Common Loon

This large waterbird is a majestic sight when spotted gracefully gliding in Long Island Sound in winter. Can you imagine a winter in which this species did not return to Connecticut? It’s possible if we do not work to maintain the fish populations that it relies on through the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA)—an important piece of legislation that is currently under threat.
Common Raven

Common Raven

Although not so common in Connecticut just 25 years ago, this adaptable species can now be found across the state. They are particularly fond of hilly areas with cliff faces.
Must-Visit Birding Locations in Connecticut

Must-Visit Birding Locations in Connecticut

For such a small state, Connecticut is quite a gem when it comes to birding. The land spans a length of just 110 miles and is comprised of habitats ranging from offshore islands to grasslands to tracts of woodland. Grab your binoculars and check out these notable bird hotspots across the state.
Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

A Connecticut first! Although common in places like the Everglades, this sub-tropical species has made an unprecedented appearance along the shore of Connecticut. Keep an eye out, you'll know if you see it!
Three Ways You Can Help Migrating Birds This Fall

Three Ways You Can Help Migrating Birds This Fall

— Migrants heading south face myriad man-made obstacles, but there are actions we can all take to save their lives.
Clapper Rail

Clapper Rail

Spotting this elusive bird is a thrill for even the most expert of birders. Look for this species in the coastal, brackish, and freshwater marshes along the Connecticut coast.
Eight Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Eight Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

— By doing so, you'll be helping birds and other wildlife.
10 Terrific Plants for Hummingbirds—and Pollinators

10 Terrific Plants for Hummingbirds—and Pollinators

Add low-maintenance beauty to your garden or landscape while providing nurturing habitat and nectar too
Great Egret

Great Egret

The best time to spot this elegant migrant in Connecticut is in spring and summer as it forages and wades through coastal wetlands
Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

A closer look at how to identify and where to find this nomadic year-round resident of Connecticut