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The Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center uses scientific research techniques to better understand wildlife and fish populations, the habitats they require, and interactions with human society in our shared landscape. Its scientists promote sustainable management solutions for wildlife issues. Some of the critical issues that current projects are addressing include; wildlife and fish conservation in populated areas, rare species and threatened habitats, the changing climate, and the consequences of contaminants in the environment.



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News & Highlights

Connecticut's State Wildlife Action Plan


Low-tech Tool May Change Outlook for Tiny Fish - Dr. Vokoun and Bridle Shiner Conservation

10 Questions: Where the Wild Things Are - An interview with Dr. Morty Ortega


Black Bears

Bears have been expanding their range in Connecticut in recent decades, and human interactions, both positive and negative, are on the rise. To make the first scientifically-based estimate of the number of black bears in Connecticut, we are using hair corrals to collect bear hairs in a non-invasive manner. DNA is extracted from the hair and genetic methods are used to identify individual bears. more

Bridle Shiner

Bridle shiner were once a relatively common fish in Connecticut, but by the 1980-90s, Bridle Shiner were detected only at 8 locations. Our work suggested that differences in sampling gear detection abilities might be masking the actual status. Graduate student, Kasey Pregler, is resurveying historic locations using a seine rather than modern backpack or boat electrofishing and has ‘rediscovered’ a few populations. more
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087