The Middlesex Land Trust’s 2019 Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, April 27th, at the deKoven House in Middletown, CT. A hike on our Sellew Preserve, located in East Hampton, followed the meeting. A short business meeting was followed by a presentation by Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist, on black bears in Connecticut. The presentation was very informative and provided many great tips on how to co-exist with the growing black bear population in our own backyards! For more information, including tips provided by Paul Colburn during and after his presentation, see below.

*Learn how to be “Bear Aware”

*Learn more about the biology of black bears.

*Find more information about black bears that is specific to Connecticut.

*Find out how to bring more wildlife to your yard using native plants.

*Additional habitat information: Important habitat for black bear in Connecticut (and many other species, including the New England Cottontail rabbit) includes young forest/shrub-land habitat. CT DEEP has a Young Forest Habitat Initiative to encourage habitat restoration and modification to include this habitat type that is vital to many native wildlife species. Find out more about the Young Forest Habitat Initiative in DEEP’s April 2019 program update.

* Learn more about Paul Colburn and his many wildlife presentations; and the CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Program