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Liane Philpotts of Madison painted a scene at the mouth of the Thames River.

Habitat walk, paint-out bring artists to Avery Point

Nine members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society visited UConn Avery Point on Sept. 9 at the invitation of Connecticut Sea Grant. The event is part of Sea Grant’s efforts to reach out to new groups during its 30th anniversary year celebration.

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Josephine Thibodeaux, age 3, was one of the many market-goers who sampled the scup and quinoa salad.

Food Boat event introduces market-goers to scup

“If you end up liking our sample,” said Kate Masury, program director for the nonprofit group Eating With the Ecosystem, “go out and ask for it at your local market. By eating these local species, you’re helping reduce carbon emissions and you’re supporting local fishermen.”

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Emily Kollmer, a recent graduate of the marine vertebrate biology program at Stony Brook University, asks a question during the forum.

Sea Grant-supported science is showcased in daylong forum

The keynote speaker at CTSG’s 30th Anniversary Research Forum used an anecdote about a Norwalk bridge project to show how the work of scientists provides the foundation environmental advocates need to persuade lawmakers to take actions that benefit Long Island Sound and its watershed.

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A student sits beside Avery Point lighthouse.

Plein air paint-out, public habitat walk happening on Sept. 9

Connecticut Sea Grant will host members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society for a paint-out at the UConn Avery Point campus from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9. Also on Sept. 9, Judy Preston, Sea Grant’s Long Island Sound outreach coordinator, will lead a 30-45 minute walk around the campus, describing the various marine habitats, her work on coastal habitats and campus history.

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An osprey pair feeds chicks in a platform nest at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford just before sunset on Aug. 22 as a snowy egret wades through the marsh.

Picture your pictures in Wrack Lines – photo contest open for entries

As summer winds down, head out to one of the many beautiful places on our coastline with your camera and get creative! Long Island Sound and its waterways are very photogenic, so getting good pictures of the wildlife, scenery and people at work and play in this estuary of national importance is easy. Capturing eye-catching images is a great way to spend time outdoors and appreciate all the beauty right here at home – and join Connecticut Sea Grant in celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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