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When Biologists Protect One Bird From Another

Jul 2, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Wildlife biologists often intervene to protect rare species. This could involve building nesting boxes for declining birds. Or even restoring an entire wetlands. But sometimes biologists insert themselves into an ecosystem to protect a rare species from predators. In the first of a two-part series WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

D.E.P. Says Only One Mountain Lion

Jun 15, 2011
Connecticut State Police

There have been two reported sightings of a mountain lion in Greenwich, made after a mountain lion was struck by a car and killed on Saturday. But state environmental officials say they don't believe there is a second big cat. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

These Islands Are For The Birds

May 26, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Beginning this week, residents are being asked to stay off two Connecticut islands. Connecticut’s environmental agency wants to allow the birds to nest, undisturbed. The public will not be allowed on Duck Island in Westbrook or on Charles Island in Milford until the beginning of September.

These Islands Are For The Birds

May 26, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Beginning this week residents are being asked to stay off two Connecticut islands. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Connecticut’s environmental agency wants to allow the birds to nest, undisturbed

The public will not be allowed on Duck Island in Westbrook or on Charles Island in Milford until the beginning of September.

Route 11 Study Begins... Again

May 23, 2011
Polaron, Wikipedia

Governor Malloy announced today the state will re-start the planning process for the completion of Route 11. The highway now stops in Salem, but the original plan was to extend it to I - 95 in Waterford. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports Malloy is open to putting tolls on the road.

Congressman Joe Courtney says when President Obama attended the Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London last week, he was a little late.

A Million Dollar Fish

May 17, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

The state Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with the store, Cabela's, to sponsor a fishing contest. The agency’s goal is to encourage more people to fish.

Flickr Creative Commons, eviltomthai

It seems you can't win with fish.

East Haddam Selectboard Votes No On Land Swap

May 9, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would swap a piece of preserved land in Haddam with a developer for a much larger property. But officials in East Haddam have voted against the deal and are sending a letter to lawmakers and the state’s environmental Commissioner arguing against the swap. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Tracking The Journey Of A Golden Eagle

Apr 29, 2011
Cellular Tracking Technologies

Scientists released a Golden eagle in Connecticut about a month ago outfitted with a GPS tracking device. Researchers say by following the journey of birds like this they can make predictions about where to build wind turbines that are not on migration routes.  WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports on the eagle's path since it left the state.

So Few Smelt

Apr 11, 2011
Flickr Creative Commons, John Loo

Migrating fish just a half-foot long once flooded coastal rivers of the northeast every spring. In recent decades, rainbow smelt populations have been declining every year, and are fading to a dim memory in many places. But not in Down East Maine. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, Murray Carpenter reports that elsewhere in the region, scientists are trying to bring them back.   

Boaters Can Help Stop Spread Of Invasive Species

Apr 8, 2011
Andres Musta

The state Department of Environmental Protection is training volunteers to educate boaters about invasive species on Candlewood Lake. Last fall the invasive zebra mussel was found in Lakes Zoar and Lillinonah. The mussel can be carried in boats from one lake to another. Eleanor Mariani of the D.E.P. says the volunteers will ask boaters to make sure they’ve cleaned their vessels if they’ve been in a lake that contains the mussel.

State Closes Trail to Protect Nesting Eagles

Apr 4, 2011
goingslo, Flickr Creative Commons

The state Department of Environmental Protection is closing down a hiking trail  for a few months in Windsor Locks to keep people away from a nesting pair of Bald eagles. 

Invasive Algae Discovered in Farmington River

Apr 1, 2011
Photo by Bikeride via Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut’s environmental agency says an invasive algae has been discovered in the west branch of the Farmington River, a favorite place for trout fishing. Although the algae has been found in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York this is the first time it has been seen in Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Golden Eagle Helps Site Wind Turbines

Mar 31, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

It’s not that unusual to see Bald eagles in parts of the Northeast, but Golden eagles are rare here. In all there are only one to two thousand in eastern North America. As part of a collaboration of Northeast stations, WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports from a windswept hilltop in Connecticut where a rescued Golden eagle was released into the wild.

One day this winter, farmer Brian Hawks was snowmobiling in Amenia, NY, when he saw something on the side of the trail. It was a Golden eagle with an injured foot.

Looking For The Elusive Mountain Lion

Mar 28, 2011
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Forests across much of the Northeast are still home to bobcats, and Canada Lynx can still be found in Maine. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently declared the region’s biggest wild cat – the eastern mountain lion -- is officially extinct. That might sound like the end of the story, but a growing number of biologists think mountain lions could return to reclaim their territory in the Northeast. As part of a collaboration with Northeastern Public Radio stations, Brian Mann has our story.

What UConn Huskies and Crows Have in Common

Mar 14, 2011
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A Yale University ecologist has turned to college basketball to explain patterns of biodiversity. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen takes us down the court.

Ecologist Robert Warren is a post-doc at Yale’s environmental school. He says in any natural system you’ll find “a remarkably consistent” pattern:

"No matter what system you're in... jungle, woodland, you get a few very common species and lots of uncommon. And this is really intriguing for ecologists because there are very few patterns that we see repeatedly that are kind of universal.”

Despite Snow, Spring Will Be Early, Says Groundhog

Feb 3, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

After days of shoveling and scraping Connecticut residents may be happy to hear there’s been a prediction for an early spring. It came from Connecticut’s official state groundhog.

The Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester takes in wild animals that have been injured. Including a female groundhog who bears the weighty title, "Connecticut Chuckles the Seventh". Early this morning she went outside, sniffed the air and looked around, but did not see her shadow, according to Bob Eckerd, the executive director of the museum.

DEP Asks Public to Report Odd Bat Behavior

Jan 21, 2011
CT Department of Environmental Protection

Five years ago this winter, a caver in New York photographed bats with a white fungus on their faces -- and found a few dead bats. Since then, more than one million bats have died in at least 12 states, including Connecticut, from a condition now known as “white nose” syndrome. Connecticut’s environmental agency is asking the public to keep an eye out for odd behavior in bats.