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Connecticut Reserve

State

Connecticut

State Partner

University of  Connecticut

Acres

52,160

Est. Date

2022

The Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve consists of 52,160 acres in the southeastern part of the state, where the Connecticut and Thames rivers flow into Long Island Sound. The Reserve protects an area with the region’s highest diversity of fish, including Atlantic salmon, and the endangered shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon. It also encompasses areas recognized as ‘wetlands of international importance’ by the Ramsar Convention and opportunities for public access at several preserves and state parks. The area surrounding the Reserve includes North America’s oldest Indian Reservation, the Mashantucket Pequot, as well as ethnically diverse cities like New London.

Did You Know…

Two hundred species of birds rely on the Connecticut Reserve as a migratory stopover, overwintering, and nesting area, and 78 species of fish find habitat in its waters.

Latest News from the Connecticut Reserve

DC Download: July 2022

DC Download: July 2022

FY 2023 budgets are working their way through Congress. The House Appropriations Subcommittee marked the NERRS Operations Research, and Facilities (ORF) budget at a $1.5M increase over FY 2022 and the NERRS Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction at a $1M increase over FY 2022.

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Talk NERRdy to Me: Andrea Woolfolk

Talk NERRdy to Me: Andrea Woolfolk

This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Andrea Woolfolk, long-time Stewardship Coordinator at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve in California. They spoke of restorations large and small, primal knowledge, and what it takes to be a steward. (Spoiler alert: bug spray.)

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Enter today!

Enter today!

This year’s NERRS annual FilmFest will be in honor of our first in-person annual meeting after three long years! There will be prizes, a viewing party, and NERRS/NERRA microfame on NERRA’s Youtube channel!

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Connecticut Reserve