Connecticut Audbon Society



Eco-hour Zoom Presentation: Coves and Habitats of the Lower Connecticut River

Meredith Becher of Mount Holyoke College, and James McNiff of Connecticut College, doing field work.

July 27, 2020 — For four summers, young scientists from colleges in New England have been working with us to track how grasses and other plants in the coves of the lower Connecticut River are changing.

Those plants are essential for the tens of thousands of migratory ducks and geese that rest and feed in the coves. Changes might mean that the value of the coves’ habitat has fallen off.

What have they found? You’re invited to join Connecticut Audubon conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni, Meredith Becher of Mount Holyoke College, and James McNiff of Connecticut College for a Zoom discussion at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 30.

They’ll talk about the work, the results, and why it’s important. Their project is organized by our Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme.

We’re offering the program for free, but we ask that you consider a donation of $10.

4 p.m., Thursday, July 30.

Register here for Zoom link.

For more details about the project, read this account from August 2018.

Meet the young scientists


James McNiff
James McNiff is a rising senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in English at Connecticut College. He is pursuing a career in Ecology and Public Health. In his free time James usually can be found on a paddle board somewhere in Long Island Sound.



Meredith Becher
Meredith Becher will be entering her second year at Mount Holyoke College. She has not yet declared her major but is planning on double-majoring in Spanish and Politics. When not at school or work, Meredith enjoys reading books for fun and spending time with her family.









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