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Sign up to receive Wildlife Highlights, a free electronic newsletter for anyone interested in Connecticut's wildlife and the outdoors! View the archived copy of the most recent edition: December 2018.
Avian Influenza Update: What You Need to Know
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NEW! Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest: View the winning photographs for the first ever photo contest held by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources as part of Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day. 
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The DEEP Wildlife Division monitors wintering and nesting bald eagles in Connecticut. All of these efforts are completely reliant on volunteers and represent thousands of hours of time generously donated to help us keep tabs on an important wildlife species. Find out how you can help. 
NEW! 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.
Learn about Connecticut's top predator and how the Wildlife Division is researching our state's bobcat population. Please contact the Division if you find a detached bobcat collar (more details).
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Wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter's depiction of buffleheads  flying over Barn Island Wildlife Management Area was selected as the winner of DEEP's 2018-2019 Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest. The image will be featured on the 2019 Connecticut Duck Stamp. Conservation Edition prints are now available for purchase. View a slideshow of the artwork submitted for the contest held in 2018.
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Carelessly discarded fishing line can seriously harm or kill wildlife. The DEEP, along with the Menunkatuck Audubon Society, has installed monofilament fishing line recycling receptacles 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.
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Federal Funding for Fish and Wildlife

Content last updated on December 7, 2018.