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.
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.