Animals and Wildlife
Fiddlers Make a Healthy Sound
Now that spring is here, life has returned to our salt marshes. Stand along the edge of a salt marsh and it may seem that the whole muddy shoreline is moving. The muck seems to...
Big Birding Weekend!
It's May! In the birding world that statement doesn't need much clarification. May is simply the best month of the year for birding. Migration is at its peak,...
Butterfly Season Warms Up
Spring is here and the butterflies are starting to fly. I found these swallowtails yesterday in the parking lot at my office at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River...
Monitoring the Ups & Downs of Blue Crabs
A new season has opened for blue crabbing in Connecticut, and a lot of folks who watch the health of Long Island Sound will be closely watching the size of the blue crab “catch.” Over...
Cicadas Set to Invade Connecticut
When the temperature of the ground reaches 64°, billions of cicada bugs will awaken from their 17 year slumber. Here is a video from Illinois of cicadas engulfing a tree:
'Sibling Rivalry' of Sand Tiger Sharks Explained?
Sand tiger sharks were in the news the other day. This is the primary species of shark in The Maritime Aquarium’s “The Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit (a.k.a.,...
A New Stem Xantusiid (Squamata, Xantusiidae) from the Middle Miocene of New Mexico
Xantusia Vigilis is a specie of lizard concentrated in southern California, east of the Sierras and San Gabriel Mountains into Baja California. It is a specimen that dwells primarily...
Connecticut's Fur Trade Lives On
March 31 marked the end of the beaver trapping season in Connecticut. The season for river otters ended March 15. It may come as a surprise to you that there are enough beavers...
Use App/Pocket Guide to Know in Which Cod We Trust
With trout season opening this Saturday morning in Connecticut (and with some good luck), a lot of folks will be enjoying a fresh fish dinner Saturday evening. Anglers, of course,...