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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.

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Bree Yednock

Bree Yednock

Committee Member at Large

Bree is manager of the South Slough Reserve in Oregon.

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