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Stewardship Opportunities

Get out and visit the Still River Greenway! Lots for you to learn and do about Stewardship here!

Right in our Danbury/Brookfield backyard is the Still River Greenway, a 25 mile tributary of the Housatonic River. What makes the river so interesting is that it was heavily polluted in the late 1800s and early 1900s by the Danbury Hat factories that released toxic waste chemicals into it. With considerable effort, people living in the Housatonic Watershed, restored it, and it is now being taken care of by several groups including the Housatonic Valley Authority, The Candlewood Lake Authority, and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. You can take care of it too.

This video has lots of good ideas for stewardship projects. Maybe there’s something you’d like to do?

  Would you like to help amphibians and learn more about wetlands?

FrogWatch USA™ is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting data on the calls of local frogs and toads. AZA’s FrogWatch USA comprises a national network of skilled coordinators

More information on this stewardship opportunity here!

Become a FrogWatch USA Volunteer

FrogWatch USA Website

NRCA Logo Applications Open for Natural Resources Conservation Academy

The NRCA engages high school students, conservation volunteers, and teachers in environmental ed and service learning programming, and participants execute a long term conservation project in their own towns throughout Connecticut. Learn more at http://nrca.uconn.edu/ or see these fun videos on our Conservation Ambassador Program and Conservation Training Partnerships Program.

Here are some links that can in supporting buffer gardens construction and the plants that are involved. You may choose to do this on your own property.

Candlewood Lake Buffer Guidelines

The Connecticut River Watershed – Buffer Gardens

The Connecticut Bird Atlas needs volunteers! Includes mapping of all species found in the state during both nesting and non-nesting seasons

More information about the Connecticut Bird Atlas here!

NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

 

Student Opportunities

 

Click on the links below to read more about the great opportunity to participate in Ocean Conservancy’s International Costal Cleanup!

Hypothermic Sea Turtle Beach Monitoring

International Costal Cleanup Data Card