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The 40-acre donation of Whalebone Cove was originally conserved by The Nature Conservancy more than a decade ago.
Credit: David Gumbart/The Nature Conservancy

Conte Refuge expands in Connecticut establishing new division

The Service recently partnered with The Nature Conservancy to add 66 acres of tidal marsh and coastal lands along Whalebone Cove in Lyme, Conn. to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The addition establishes the refuge’s new Whalebone Cove Division. The expansion includes a donation of 40 acres from The Nature Conservancy and the Service purchased 26 acres from a private landowner. Whalebone Cove is an important wintering area for bald eagles and black ducks and a significant feeding area for migratory waterfowl. Just south of Gillette Castle State Park in Lyme, Whalebone Cove is one of the most undisturbed and biologically significant freshwater tidal marshes on the Connecticut River.

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge website

Published on: Thursday, August 22,2013

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