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ATTENTION Hunters, Anglers, and Hikers: Residents, especially those in the southeastern part of the state from the lower Connecticut River Valley to the Rhode Island border, are advised to protect themselves and their children by taking personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites until the first hard frost of the fall. Consideration should also be given to minimizing outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. The Department of Public Health announced on Oct. 1, 2019, that a third person has died this year in CT from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and a fourth person remains hospitalized due to EEE (Press release with more details). Weekly surveillance updates of mosquito and virus activity, precautionary and control methods, and the current list of certified applicators can be found at
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Thank you to everyone who came to Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day!: Check out the winners of the Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest.
Learn about Connecticut's top predator and the Wildlife Division's ongoing Bobcat Project. Please contact the Division if you find a detached bobcat GPS collar (more details).
The Connecticut Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife. Our nation’s fish and wildlife are among its most valuable resources. Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or are vulnerable. Urgent action is needed to protect wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need. Learn more about the proposed bipartisan legislation and how you can help support fish and wildlife conservation.
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A painting of a pair of wood ducks by Frank Dolphens, Jr., was selected as the winner for the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Art Contest. It will be featured on the 2020 Stamp. See all of the entries for the 2019 contest and learn about upcoming changes on how the stamp image will be selected starting in 2021.
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Carelessly discarded fishing line can seriously harm or kill wildlife. Monofilament fishing line recycling receptacles have been installed at inland and coastal sites around the state to encourage less waste line in the environment. Find the recycling receptacle nearest you.
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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).
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This huge endeavor, that is a partnership of many conservation organizations, will catalog our breeding, migrating, and wintering bird assemblages. The ultimate success of the Atlas will rely upon considerable help from the birders of Connecticut. It's a great time to be a birder. Find out more on how you can help.
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Be Bear Aware
Learn more about black bears in Connecticut.
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” (PDF). The posters can be displayed at town halls, visitor centers, parks, schools, and other public buildings/locations. A sign also is available to post near and along hiking trails: Be Bear Aware Sign for Hiking Trails (PDF).
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Connecticut's Young Forest Habitat Initiative
The Wildlife Division, in cooperation with other partners, has initiated the Young Forest Habitat Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England Cottontail Restoration; 2) Shrubland Bird Monitoring; and 3) American Woodcock Habitat Use and Survival.
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This new cooperative program provides technical and financial assistance to non-industrial private forestland owners interested in implementing habitat management projects to create young forest habitat for wildlife.
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CT NASP is an in-school program typically taught during physical education classes. The program is designed to teach International-style target archery skills with the help of a pre-written curriculum which meets or exceeds national physical education standards. Visit the CT NASP webpage for more information.
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The DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources celebrated 150 Years of Natural Resource Conservation in Connecticut in 2016! We looked back at our history and also forward to the future of natural resources in our state. Check out our historical timeline Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources Through the Years and see what it was like "Then and Now."
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Sightings of banded purple martins WANTED: You can help by keeping an eye out for banded purple martins starting in spring. Learn more about this species of special concern and how to get involved.
You may be familiar with the pollinating habits of bees and butterflies, but there are many others to explore such as flies, beetles, moths, and wasps. All are necessary for the variety of flowers, fruits, and vegetables that we enjoy every day.
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Last updated in 2010, DEEP is required to review and update the Connecticut list every five years. The revision is now complete and became effective on August 5, 2015.
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Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan
The final version of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in January 2016. This plan establishes both a state and national framework for proactively conserving our fish and wildlife, including their habitats, for the next 10 years.
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Common Shorebirds of Connecticut (PDF 3.4 mb)
An identification guide to shorebirds observed in Connecticut.
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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 or 860-418-5957.
Avian Influenza Update: What You Need to Know

Federal Funding for Fish and Wildlife

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Content last updated on October 3, 2019.