Location: Westbrook, CT
Anchor Site(s): Duck Island Natural Area Preserve
About the Site: Duck Island is a 5.6-acre state-owned island that supports the largest egret rookery in eastern Connecticut. Inaccessible to the public, it is a rare undeveloped island along Connecticut’s shoreline. Wading birds nest on Duck Island every summer, and its habitat for the state-threatened snowy and great egret is one reason why it is recognized as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. It is often considered in connection with Menunketesuck Island, a larger nearby island that supports rare bird life in conjunction with passive recreation activities.
While Duck Island is not publicly accessible, the adjacent Menunketesuck Island offers some recreational attractions. It is connected to the mainland via a gravel and shell-bar that is difficult to cross even during low tide. As a result, transport to the island is typically via boat or kayak. The gravel and shell-bars are excellent sites for shorebird viewing during spring and fall migration. The island is closed to the public from April through September, during the nesting season.