Why You Should Visit
The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut’s Poquetanuck Cove Preserve protects 234 acres of woodland habitat and a significant portion of the Poquetanuck Cove shoreline. Visitors to this tranquil preserve will experience the healing power of nature as they witness a tidal estuary that supports some of the richest freshwater biodiversity in the region. A 1.5-mile loop trail passes through a variety of habitats and showcases a stunning view of the cove.
The cove is a State of Connecticut designated bird sanctuary, providing shelter for wintering waterfowl and flight paths for soaring bald eagles in the winter. Hiking, birding and other non-destructive forms of wildlife observation are encouraged.
If you are looking for a place to paddle, check out the nearby canoe/kayak trail. Please note that boat landing/launching is prohibited on the preserve to protect this ecologically rich shoreline.
Why TNC Selected This Site
The health of the cove is in jeopardy. The marsh is threatened by climate change impacts, such as rising sea levels and an increase in major storm events. Land development and outdated storm water infrastructure in the surrounding area are negatively impacting water quality. By protecting the shoreline and surrounding upland habitat, this preserve acts as a buffer to conserve the cove’s vibrant ecosystem and rich history.
This piece of land along Poquetanuck Cove was purchased by Desire Parker in 1953. In 1988, she followed through on her lifelong plan to permanently protect this area by donating it to The Nature Conservancy.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
The Connecticut chapter of The Nature Conservancy monitors this site on a regular basis. If you would like to report any concerns at this site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.