Programs


 

Public meetings are at the Canoe Brook Center (map) on the fourth Wednesday of the months September through June.


April 25
The Impact of Climate Change and Seasons on LIS Fisheries and Your Seafood Dinner
Tim Visel

On April 25 Tim Visel, Coordinator of The Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center in New Haven will present what he has learned from decades of studying the population of Long Island Sound’s animals. The Impact of Climate Change and Seasons on LIS Fisheries and Your Seafood Dinner will show us that blue crabs, along with scup and butterfish, among others, are becoming more abundant because of warmer temperatures in the Sound.

May 23, 2018
The Osprey-Menhaden Story and Connecticut’s Role
Dr Paul R. Spitzer

Ospreys are found on all the Earth’s continents except for Antarctica. Photo: Terry Shaw

On May 23, learn about The Osprey-Menhaden Story and Connecticut’s Role from Osprey researcher Dr Paul Spitzer. Paul has spent 50 years studying the Osprey population on Great Island in Old Lyme. A few pair of Ospreys nested in Connecticut in the 1960s but the thin-shelled eggs (due to DDT contamination) did not hatch. Ospreys in the Chesapeake Bay area did not suffer from the DDT poisoning. Paul began bringing eggs and chicks from Chesapeake to Great Island to be reared by Connecticut Ospreys. In the 1970s, as the banned compounds gradually passed out of the ecosystem, the growing field of platforms enabled successful reproduction and osprey population growth. Join us for the story of how Connecticut’s Osprey population has grown to today’s level.