Do Something Good For The Town and The Earth — The OCC Wants You!

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Aug 192017

The Orange Conservation Commission is seeking new members to help care for and preserve the land on the all of the Town-Owned properties for which the OCC is responsible—Paul Ode Nature Trail (High Plains Community Center), Wepawaug (off Mapledale Rd), Wrights Pond (Old Grassy Hill Rd), Housatonic Overlook (Cedar Grove Rd/High Ridge Rd), Racebrook Tract (Racebrook Rd), Ewen Farm Preserve (Lambert Road/Tyler City), and Turkey Hill Preserve (Derby-Milford Road).

Residents who have an interest in and/or experience in environmental issues, environmental programs, natural resources, conservation, preservation and land management are encouraged to apply for open positions on the Conservation Commission by calling the office of the First Selectman, Jim Zeoli at 203-891-2122, Ext. 737 or e-mail: jzeoli@orange-ct.gov.

Amity High Students, Deadline Approaching To Apply For Beardsley Zoo Teen Conservation Discovery Corps

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Jan 062016

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 12.02.18 PMHere is an opportunity to get involved with local conservation education and field work.

Qualified high school students will have the chance of a lifetime to work side-by-side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation and help educate the zoo’s visitors.

This is a year-long program with the opportunity for the greatest involvement during the summer months.

Applications are accepted between Jan. 1 and 15 each calendar year.

Training begins in February.

For ALL registration information CLICK HERE. There is a lot to it, so please make sure you submit everything.

Spring Forward With Frog Watch USA

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Mar 132014

frog on a lily padFollowing is a message from the Beardsley Zoo, the only Zoo in Connecticut:

Are you interested in helping the environment? Do you know of a wetland near you with frogs calling?

If you answered yes, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is looking for you!

The zoo, in collaboration with Yale University’s Peabody Museum, is looking for volunteers to help monitor frog populations in nearby wetlands during the spring and summer.

Time commitment: 15 minutes, 1 or 2 times per week, a half hour after sunset.

Cost: Training is FREE for members of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Yale University’s Peabody Museum and $10 for non-member families.

No experience necessary! We will teach families, students, and others how to be citizen scientists through both classroom and experiential learning. Working with experts, volunteers will learn about local frog species, travel into wetlands throughout the region, and observe and record the frog and toad calls they hear. While at the zoo, volunteers also will have a chance to get up close and personal with amphibian education animals.

Volunteers have a choice of two dates for training workshops:

Friday, March 21 from 7 – 9 pm                       Friday, March 28 from 7 – 9 pm

Hanson Center, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo         Museum auditorium

1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport                               170 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Call (203) 394-6563 to pre-register                         E-mail Jim Sirch to pre-register


“FrogWatch is a terrific way for us to engage a new generation of people interested in conservation,” explained Jim Knox, education curator, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. “This program brings conservation to life and shows how we all can play a part in protecting these animals.”

Why frogs?

Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems, but more than one third of the world’s amphibian species are currently facing the largest mass extinction event since the dinosaurs. Even in the United States, previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic declines.

“Frogs, toads, and other amphibians are sensitive to changes in the environment and therefore act as environmental indicators for factors that could negatively impact ecosystem and human health,” explained Rachel Gauza, AZA’s education and outreach coordinator. “The data collected by FrogWatch USA™ volunteers can be used to help understand the scope and geographic scale of amphibian declines and inform conservation and management efforts.”

What is FrogWatch USA™? 

FrogWatch USA™is dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. Since 1998, FrogWatch USA™ volunteers have collected data on the frogs and toads heard calling in their local wetlands during evenings from February through August. Together, these volunteers contribute to a long-term, nationwide effort to gather information on species presence, habitat use, and changes over time.

This season, FrogWatch USA™ unveiled a new web platform developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society so volunteers can register and enter data online, as well as use maps and graphs to explore their observations alongside those of volunteers throughout the country.

“Seeing your observations reflected online in real time and comparing them to others adds a whole new element to what was traditionally an outdoors-only program,” said Shelly Grow, AZA’s director of conservation programs. “We are thrilled with what the National Geographic Society has done for FrogWatch USA™ and think volunteers will be, too.”

By moving to an online system, FrogWatch USA™ data are now readily accessible to anyone with an interest in frogs and toads. Volunteers may more about FrogWatch USA and how to participate by visiting www.aza.org/frogwatch. Volunteers are invited to post their amphibian photos, experiences, and videos by “leaping” into the FrogWatch USA™ online community on FacebookYouTube, and Flickr.