[CT Birds] Conte Comprehensive Plan

Parrot sisserou at charter.net
Wed Sep 23 11:59:46 EDT 2015

I have reviewed Chapter 3 of the report only to be disappointed by the failure of the authors to mine the following Connecticut College Arboretum Bulletin for data about the area designated as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.  The report does an okay job at mining data from the 1994 nomination document drafted by USFWS and DEP.  The Bulletin is a more comprehensive description of the Ramsar area and included many authors from DEP, USFWS and Connecticut College wetland scientists.

Dreyer, G. and M. Caplis eds. 2001. Living Resources and Habitats of the Lower Connecticut River. Connecticut River Arboretum, New London, CT. Bulletin No 37.  (copies available at the Arboretum and DEEP Store).  

One of the exciting biological discoveries since the 2001 bulletin is confirmation that the Phragmites at Great Meadows in Essex is in fact the native variety and this is probably the single largest outdoor museum of this variety anywhere in the northeast!  This marsh is a tall reed dominated by the tall hybrid cat-tail Typha glauca and Phragmites and since this is the native Phragmites - the reedy vegetation is somewhat open.  This marsh is probably Least and American Bittern Heaven!  Would be great to get some bird surveys in this marsh but most of the marsh is privately owned.  

Ron, Ashford, CT

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