CT Wetlands Restoration Projects Program Scheduled

American Black Duck, Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
American Black Duck, Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP’s) Kellogg Environmental Center will host a program entitled DEEP Wetland Restoration Projects on the Connecticut Coast. The presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

Min Huang, Migratory Bird Program Leader for the CT DEEP, will give a presentation describing the wetland restoration projects being carried out on the Long Island Shore. The CT DEEP has received a grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to protect critical coastal habitat.

In 2014, numerous projects will take place across the state, including work at Silver Sands State Park, which will increase interior tidal flow in the marsh habitat, control invasive phragmites, and restore native vegetation. Projects are also being carried out in Branford and Mystic. These efforts will result in the restoration and enhancement of resting, feeding and breeding areas for fish and wildlife species. Projects such as these will improve important habitat for species such as the salt marsh sparrow, the endangered roseate tern and the American black duck.

The Kellogg Environmental Center is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT. Light refreshments will be served after the program. A donation of $5/adult is requested.

For more information, directions, or to register, contact Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or Dennis Kocyla at (203) 734-9325; email: dennisk32@yahoo.com.