Thursday, March 23, 2006

Eco: CT Wildlife Conservation Strategy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted approval to Connecticut's new Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy in January 2006.

"The intent is to provide guidance and vision for wildlife conservation in Connecticut," the document states. "Accordingly, the strategy: Addresses the broad array of all fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrate species; Uses available funding to address the species in greatest need of conservation and their habitats; Identifies actions needed to conserve species diversity and keep common species common; Builds upon past efforts to conserve all species of wildlife; Encourages the creation of partnerships with conservation organizations at local, state and regional levels to enhance opportunities for implementation of actions to conserve wildlife."

Its worth a read. The strategy represents a fundamental yet critical opportunity for government, communities and individuals to collaborate on protecting local biodiversity and habitats. Given the limitations of "available funding," this effort will need the support the public and people's participation to succeed.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Black Dog Posts

Looking for the black dog posts that Randy Beach wrote about in the New Haven Register and Peter Applebome wrote about in the NY Times? There are two. The first (Jan. 6) tells the tale of the black dog of the Hanging Hills of Meriden. The second (Jan. 22) shows what may be the first ever photo of the black dog, by Michael Anastasio, who snapped it after the beast appeared behind him, as if out of nowhere, during a visit to Castle Craig, atop the hills, in 2004. Visit for our guides to exploring Connecticut's geology, dinosaur fossils, natural habitats and fishing.