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{Wildlife Action Plan logo} Learn About CT's Wildlife Action Plan
In 2005, Connecticut completed its Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, now known as the Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan (CT-WAP), creating a blueprint for the conservation of wildlife over a decade. Connecticut, along with other states across the country, is currently working on revisions to the Wildlife Action Plan that will establish both a state and national framework for proactively conserving our fish and wildlife, including their habitats, for the next 10 years. Find out how you can Get Involved!
NEW! 2014 Year of the Salamander
Learn about Connecticut's 12 native salamander species during this year-long celebration of these unique, but secretive amphibians.
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This newsletter provides updates, future plans, and helpful tips to purple martin colony managers and enthusiasts across the state.
{Banded purple martin} WANTED -- Sightings of color-banded purple martins! If you see a purple martin with colored leg bands, please report it to deep.ctwildlife@ct.gov and let us know 1) where you saw it; 2) when you saw it; and 3) the color of the legs bands. More information (PDF)
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NEW! Volunteer Opportunity -- Leopard Frog Monitoring
Help the Wildlife Division document a newly discovered species of leopard frog during the late March/early April breeding season.
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NEW! Learn about this unique Connecticut bird and how you can help its declining population. Find out how to become a volunteer Chimney Swift Monitor or a Swiftlord. A curriculum on chimney swifts is available for elementary school students in grades 1-2, as well as a Chimney Swift Ambassador program for high school students. A special Chimney Swift Conservation Night to observe large roosts in Willimantic is planned for May 19, 2014.
{Piping Plover} NEW! Common Shorebirds of Connecticut (PDF 3.4 mb)
An identification guide to shorebirds observed in Connecticut.
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NEW! Volunteer Opportunity -- Summer Night Bird Callback Survey
The 2014 survey window is from May 5 through June 21.
Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest
The deadline for submitting artwork for the contest has passed. Stay tuned to see the winning artwork, which will be featured on the 2015 Connecticut Duck Stamp. Details for the  contest to select the 2016 Duck Stamp will be updated soon.
{Osprey Nest Sign} Osprey Nesting Area Sign
Help prevent disturbance to nesting ospreys! Private landowners, towns, organizations, and others can print or download a "Stay Away from Nesting Area" sign to post near osprey nesting platforms. Use your printer menu to scale the sign to whatever size is needed. Signs should be laminated to prevent weather damage.
Young Forest and Shrubland Initiative
The Wildlife Division in cooperation with other partners has initiated the Young Forest and Shrubland Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England cottontail restoration, 2) upland shrubland bird monitoring, and 3) American woodcock habitat use and survival.
{Wild turkey poult} Volunteer Opportunities
Find out how you can help the DEEP Wildlife Division with a variety of monitoring and research projects. Projects include Chimney Swift Watch, Summer Night Bird Callback Survey, Wild Turkey Brood Survey, and other bird surveys.
{Black bear} Be Bear Aware
Print or download an informational poster that gives advice on preventing conflicts with bears and on what to do if you encounter a bear. Three different sizes are available: small-8 ˝”x 11”, medium-8 ˝”x14”, and large-11”x17”. The posters can be displayed at town halls, visitor centers, parks, schools, and other public buildings/locations.
{ruffed grouse} Continuing Ruffed Grouse Research: To obtain distribution and harvest information, the Wildlife Division is asking the public for ruffed grouse sighting and grouse parts. Grouse sightings may consist of actual bird observations or drumming activity. Individuals are also asked to send in grouse wings and tails from hunter harvested or road-killed birds. These items are used to determine the age and sex of grouse, which will assist in assessing productivity and harvest composition. To report grouse sightings and/or donate grouse parts, please contact Michael Gregonis at michael.gregonis@ct.gov or 860-642-7239.
{Little brown bats at Roxbury Mine} Bats in Connecticut
Find out how you can help the DEEP Wildlife Division monitor Connecticut's bat populations. Report your observations of bats around your home and neighborhood by submitting a Public Bat Sightings Form (Word Form / PDF).
{Banded American Kestrel} Wanted: Color Banded American Kestrel Sightings! Tom Sayers, a kestrel researcher from eastern Connecticut, initiated a project in spring 2012 that uses colored leg bands to identify American kestrels that nested or hatched in Connecticut. So far, he has banded 18 adult kestrels and over 100 young birds. The color bands, depending on the pattern, can be found either on the right leg, left leg, or both legs. Each color combination represents a unique nest box in his study area. If you see a kestrel with color bands on its legs, please email Tom at sayers.tom@gmail.com. Include the date and time of your observation, the location (closest road junction or GPS coordinates), the color scheme of the bands, as well as your contact information. Observations of these raptors are an important part of this study to determine where the birds travel and to identify which birds return to Connecticut next spring to breed.
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Content last updated on April 14, 2014.