Date: 9/22/17 8:43 am
From: Patrick Comins via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Land and Water Conservation Fund Opportunity
Please see below for information on how a phone call or message can help to protect more than 500 acres of critical habitat along the Connecticut River:

A phone call to save 545 acres in CT

The Appropriations bill now before the U.S. Senate contains a great opportunity to conserve important bird and wildlife habitat in Connecticut.

Please take a couple of minutes to call or write Connecticut's Senators to let them know how important it is.

The key feature of the bill is $400 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Both Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy support and have been champions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Please thank them for their steadfast support but please also ask them to communicate the importance of this allocation to the Senate leadership.




Senator Blumenthal
(202) 224-2823 or (860) 258-6940

Or via his website:
https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/<https://bbox.blackbaudhosting.com/webforms/service/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fwww.blumenthal.senate.gov%2fcontact%2f&srcid=5089296&srctid=1&erid=380671011&trid=61f584fd-b073-4377-83c3-6e4ced6c2484> (choose appropriations under the topic and a form will pop up into which you can put your message and contact info).

Senator Murphy
(202) 224-4041 or (860) 549-8463

Or via his website:
https://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact<https://bbox.blackbaudhosting.com/webforms/service/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fwww.murphy.senate.gov%2fcontact&srcid=5089296&srctid=1&erid=380671011&trid=61f584fd-b073-4377-83c3-6e4ced6c2484> (instructions as above).




Why is this important to conservation in Connecticut?

The Appropriations bill includes $1 million earmarked for acquisition of up to 545 acres along the Connecticut River, in Haddam Neck. A deal to buy the land is in place.

The land would be included in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and protected for birds and other wildlife for future generations. It is now part of the defunct Connecticut Yankee power plant.

The land includes forests, meadows, and marshes that are critical for nesting birds such as Wood Thrush and Bald Eagle. Anadromous fish such as blueback herring, alewives, and possibly Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon (both federally endangered) use the tidal areas to feed and as a nursery. Migratory waterfowl spend the fall, winter and spring there, feeding and preparing for nesting season and it is a critical staging area for the Purple Martins and Tree Swallows that stop over on the river each fall.

The 545 acres are also an important piece of the mosaic of habitats encompassed not only by the national fish and wildlife refuge but by other protected and unprotected areas on the river.
By acquiring this land and adding it to the national wildlife refuge, we will help guarantee that it is protected and managed properly forever.

Again, please take a minute to contact your U.S. Senators. A vote is expected on Monday, so please don't delay.

Thank them for their leadership on the Land and Water Conservation Fund issue.

Ask them to communicate their support to the Senate leadership.

When we get word about the fund's fate, we will let you know. Thank you!

Patrick

Patrick M. Comins
Executive Director

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