Science

Hundreds Now Nesting In Connecticut
4:55 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Once devastated, ospreys now thrive in Long Island Sound

An Osprey brings fish back to its young on its nest in Fairfield, Connecticut. Ospreys generally mate for life.
Credit Anastasia Zinkerman

Ospreys are majestic birds of prey that live along Long Island Sound.

You might see them flying back to their nests high up on platforms—a fish dangling from the talons of their long legs, they glide in on wide wings to feed their young.

But forty years ago, you would’ve had almost no chance to see these eagle-like birds with their 5-foot wingspans.

WSHU's Mark Herz went to the Connecticut Audubon Society in Milford to find out how that happened, and how they’re doing now. 

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Science
10:45 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Fossils reveal giant sea bird once roamed the sky

Liz Bradford's illustration of the Pelagornis Sandersi

Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of what may have been the largest marine bird, dating back 25 million years ago. The Pelagornis Sandersi weighed 180 pounds and had an estimated wingspan of 24 feet.

This finding was announced in an article published in the “The Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences” earlier this summer. The author is Dr. Daniel Szepka, a paleontologist, who is the curator of science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.  Fairfield County Public Radio's Bill Buchner discussed the finding with Dr. Szepka.

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Land preservation
3:55 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Land trust terminates contract for bird sanctuary; property owner 'disappointed'

A view of the causeway property owned by Bruce Beinfield from across Farm Creek in Rowayton, Conn.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Farm Creek Preserve Facebook page.

In Connecticut, the Norwalk Land Trust is scrapping a plan to create a public bird sanctuary. The $1 million contract would have preserved an environmentally-sensitive coastal property. But the plan’s controversy proved too much for the land trust. 

The Norwalk Land Trust said in a statement that its decision to rescind the contract was made “after it became clear the contract was unenforceable.”

Supporters wanted to preserve the peninsular property to protect a surrounding tidal estuary in Rowayton.

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health
4:38 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

New medical demands from patients with congenital heart defects

Doctor John Fahey (left) and Doctor Robert Elder (right) reviewing a Congenital Heart Defect patient's ultrasound echo.
Credit Brian Scott-Smith

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 2.5 million people around the country live with congenital heart defects or CHD's.

With advances in medical science, people with CHD's are living longer and this is creating new challenges for the medical establishment.

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Ash trees in region are vulnerable
12:29 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Scientists get ready to battle a tiny killer of trees: Emerald ash borer

Entomologist Claire Rutledge finds an emerald ash borer's tracks on a tree in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut.
Credit Davis Dunavin

Arborists in Connecticut are getting ready for another summer battling the emerald ash borer. They're beetles that kill trees, and they’ve been spreading across the state since 2012.

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