Unlike highways and governments, fish, birds, shellfish and sea turtles don’t obey state boundaries or local restrictions. For that reason, The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program also reaches across boundaries, encompassing scientists from the three states and many programs that have connections to the Sound: New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The Long Island Sound’s watershed is home to 14.6 million people — making conservation and land protection something of a challenge. But, the area is also home to a surprisingly diverse array of plants, animals and habitats, including four species of sea turtle, fish ranging from skates to anchovies to shad, and marshes that are some of the most biologically productive places on the planet.
Despite encroaching development, the Sound retains much of its natural character and is recognized as one of 28 nationally significant estuaries by the National Estuary Program. The Nature Conservancy is committed to bringing back this ecosystem by working together with local, state, federal and private partners.