Coastal Habitats

The Onrust approaches the dock at the Connecticut River Museum after taking a group of local youth for a sail.

Sailing ship becomes classroom for Sea Grant experts, researchers

Leaders of partner organizations, town officials and individual stakeholders joined Connecticut Sea Grant on Oct. 5 for an on-the-water workshop aboard the Onrust, a replica of the vessel Dutch explorer Adraien Block sailed into Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River in the early 1600s.

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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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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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Niantic Beaches Living Ecosystem Project "Seaweeds of Niantic" pamphlet cover

Pamphlets teach about marine life of Niantic beaches

The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation has published educational pamphlets to teach the public about the seaweeds, shells and plants on the town’s shorelines. The project was co-sponsored by the foundation and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, with funding provided by Connecticut Sea Grant.

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A Guide to Planting Along the Connecticut Coast

Juliana Barrett, Ph.D. This 22-page guide lists native trees, shrubs and vines that are appropriate for planting in Connecticut’s coastal zone. It includes a map of that ecoregion and characteristics of each species, such as tolerance to salt water and salt spray, with light and soil requirements. Download here in PDF. Publication Number CTSG-11-03

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A Planting Guide for Riparian Sites Along the Connecticut Coast

Juliana Barrett and Rachael Cleveland This 8-page pamphlet, published in 2009, describes some of Connecticut’s coastal habitats, the functions and values of riparian buffers, and how to plant a riparian buffer. Such buffers can minimize the impacts of polluted runoff on water quality and coastal habitats. Free print copies while quantities last. Please add $1.25 […]

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The Vegetation Mosaic of Ragged Rock Creek Brackish Tidal Marsh, Connecticut River, Old Saybrook CT

William H. Moorhead III, Cary Chadwick, Sandy Prisloe, Juliana Barrett and Nels Barrett This study used the detailed plots-based floristic descriptions of traditional phytosociology to inform scenes of high resolution imagery to characterize and map, in detail, the brackish tidal wetland plant communities of Ragged Rock Creek. An emphasis was placed on providing a baseline […]

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Salt Marsh Plants of Long Island Sound

R. Scott Warren, Juliana Barrett, and Margaret Van Patten This 38-page guide provides an overview of salt marsh habitats in the Long Island Sound region, including 23 individual plant descriptions with color photos and line drawings. It has a centerfold depicting marsh habitats and the location of salt marsh plants within the marsh. Publication Number […]

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Guide to Understanding and Providing Public Access to Connecticut’s Coast

Nicole Vickey Connecticut’s coastline is one of the most densely populated in the nation, with about 3,235 people per square mile of shore. Yet 80% of the shoreline is privately owned. This pocket-sized, 18-page booklet is intended to serve as a guide for town planners and municipal officials. Topics include the public trust doctrine, the […]

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Clean Waters Fact Sheet Series

Various Authors Clean waters begin in YOUR home and yard. This series of 11 fact sheets compiled explain what to do about household cleaners, native landscaping, water conservation, pet waster, responsible boating, etc. Intended to accompany an educational presentation by the same name by Heather Crawford and the NEMO team, for the Northeastern United States […]

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Research in New England Marsh-Estuarine Ecosystems

R.A. Orson, R.S. Warren, W.A. Niering, and M. Van Patten Tidally influenced wetlands and marshes are complex and valuable components of the coastal and estuarine environments, yet we lack baseline knowledge for conservation, restoration, and management decisions. This volume contains discussions from a 1997 Connecticut College workshop attempting to assess the status of marsh-estuarine systems […]

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