Appreciation of the Quinebaug River The great blue heron staked out its post on a limb outstretched over the quiet waters below, a still, statuesque presence watching over this wide, gentle stretch of the Quinebaug River [in Connecticut].

“I’ve never been out on this river when I haven’t seen a great blue heron,” Bill Reid, chief ranger for The Last Green Valley, said one morning this week, as he helped paddled the nonprofit group’s canoe along a section of the Quinebaug that flows through Canterbury. “I almost always see eagles, and a lot of red-tailed hawks, and in the spring and summer I see kingfishers.”

From its headwaters in Brimfield, Massachusetts, until it joins with the Shetucket and Yantic rivers some 60 miles to the southeast in Norwich to form the Thames River, the Quinebaug has played a central role in the region’s history and development.

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