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2013: An Optimistic Year for Conservation

“Your support of the lands and waters of our home state is deeply appreciated and celebrated.”
- Dr. Frogard Ryan
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By Dr. Frogard Ryan

The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut’s past and present came together for me in two striking moments this year.

The first was on a river cruise in March. I stood with Conservancy supporters and watched as eagles, once scarce in the state, soared high above our Chapman Pond Preserve and other properties we have helped protect for more than 50 years.

The second was in May. I joined an enthusiastic group peering into the window of a new fishway on the Mattabesset River, hoping to spy the first blueback herring and American shad to reach 50 miles of upstream habitat in more than 100 years.

In both cases, these efforts were successful because incredible people – from generous donors to insightful partners – worked together. Our hallmark science-driven solutions and can-do attitude resulted in clear conservation successes in 2013 and give me great hope for 2014.

The web pages here will take you through some of the greatest accomplishments you helped make possible this year, as well as introduce some of the volunteers and staff leading our efforts. By the time you finish reading these pages, I hope you share my inspiration and enthusiasm for what’s to come.

On behalf of our trustees and staff, thank you for your investment and trust in our work. Your support of the lands and waters of our home state is deeply appreciated and celebrated.

With gratitude,

Dr. Frogard Ryan

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