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The Audubon Shop, Madison. Endless supply of advice & tips

The Audubon Shop, Madison. Endless supply of advice & tips »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Jerry Connolly is among the luckiest of people. He has had two careers, both arising from avocations that he loved. Connolly nudged his boyhood passion for... more

Where’s the Autumn Color? Foliage Secrets of Connecticut

Where’s the Autumn Color? Foliage Secrets of Connecticut »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

At this time of year leaf peepers endure traffic winding up through northern New England, seeking America’s best foliage. They could save fuel and... more

Foliage Secrets of Connecticut

Foliage Secrets of Connecticut »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

  At this time of year leaf peepers endure traffic winding up through northern New England, seeking America's best foliage. They could save fuel and... more

Ecology Under the Sun

Ecology Under the Sun »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Coastal Ecology Under the Sun Connecticut's shoreline parks and beaches are a paradise for birders, prowlers of tide pools and saline creeks, and nature... more

Auspicious Owls

Auspicious Owls »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

// Turkish playwright and novelist Mehmet Murat ildan wrote, “The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks... more

The Quest for Longitude

The Quest for Longitude »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

An English artisan with little formal education (but super woodworking skills) developed the navigational device that in the 17th Century charted the course of... more

New England Science & Sailing Charts the Smarts

New England Science & Sailing Charts the Smarts »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

A retired captain of Wall Street with a passion for the sea has navigated a small yacht club sailing program in Stonington into a non-profit organization... more

Maritime Art Sails Into Mystic Seaport

Maritime Art Sails Into Mystic Seaport »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

For aficionados of contemporary paintings, sculpture and other fine works with a salty flavor, an upcoming exhibition presented by the Maritime Gallery at... more

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Salt Island is a scrap of rock, crested by low vegetation, so close to Middle Beach in Westbrook that people wade to it at low tide. Only a few rotted pilings... more

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

If only there was a Connecticut state park where could pit your video game skills as a submarine SONAR operator against an enemy vessel; catch films on... more

Triumph of the Trees

Triumph of the Trees »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Ignoring the supreme irony of his choice, the North Carolina developer who first conceived replacing the last great coastal forest between New York and Boston... more

Requiem for a Reporter

Requiem for a Reporter »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Episode 16, season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead: zombies swarming an abandoned car, fingers clawing at doors; faces, hideous with rot, plastered against the... more

Mystical Animal Sightings

Mystical Animal Sightings »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

I've been fortunate to witness some fairly mystical animal sightings around the planet. Those I want to see usually turn up with little effort on my part. Once... more

Teach a Child To Fish (Here’s Why)

Teach a Child To Fish (Here’s Why) »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

  If you love fishing and your child says they, too, want to learn, it’s time for the proverbial happy dance. Anglers generally pray that their kids... more

Gardening That Draws In The Birds

Gardening That Draws In The Birds »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

While leading a bird watching tour in northern India the famed British ornithologist, David Bassil Hunt, was killed by a Bengal tiger. This fate is highly... more

Bluefish: Everyman’s Gamefish

Bluefish: Everyman’s Gamefish »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

If the American shad that run up the Connecticut River each spring merit the sobriquet “the poor man’s salmon,” a case could be made that the bluefish... more

Alligator Safety Tips

Alligator Safety Tips »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

If you live in alligator country, be aware that spring can be a risky time. Year round, there are common sense precautions you can take to keep you safe. Here... more

Gators on the Golf Course

Gators on the Golf Course »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Ed Ricciuti, Coastal Connecticut’s contributing editor for nature, the outdoors and science, has a new book on real urban jungle, the establishment of large,... more

New Deal on Lyme Disease

New Deal on Lyme Disease »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Braving nasty, needle-sharp thorns on invasive Japanese barberry shrubs that sometimes grow taller than his own sixfoot-eight-inch frame, Guilford’s Scott C.... more

The Shoreline’s Secret Trout Culture

The Shoreline’s Secret Trout Culture »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Year in, year out. Sure as the sun will rise. On the third Saturday of April, at 6 a.m. sharp, a barrage of live bait, lures, and imitation flies hits the... more