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Four people with telescopes bird watching at a field by the river

Deep River Land Trust

On April 3rd, the Deep River Land Trust held an osprey and marsh bird viewing event at the Evelyn and Hawthorne Smyth Sanctuary, led by board member John Cunningham. Participants were treated to bird watching and an opportunity to learn about freshwater tidal marshes as critical habitat, the biology of osprey, and the story of its decline and ultimate conservation success. As a Connecticut Audubon Osprey Steward, Cunningham has monitored these nesting sites for many years to gauge the health of this once declining bird species.

Reflecting on his passion for this project Cunningham said, “we hear a lot of doom and gloom about the environment and it’s nice to have a story, a story that I’ve experienced in my lifetime, of the osprey really returning and thriving…”

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