From shallow sandy habitats to deep boulder habitats, life for Long Island Sound’s marine life is rich in diversity. Long Island Sound’s undersea Habitat Mapping Initiative, with funding that was administered through the Long Island Sound study, is documenting this life in images and maps on its website where you can see for yourself with an Underwater Story Map.
In the early 1990s Connecticut Sea Grant published a popular guidebook of Long Island Sound called Living Treasures: The Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound. Accompanying the book, the Sea Grant educators also developed a slide presentation, which provides a great overview of the plants and animals who live in the underwater and shoreline habitats of the Sound. This photo tour, produced by Nancy Balcom of Connecticut Sea Grant, has been recently updated with new slides and photos. View the presentation with a PDF viewer here:
Download Full Version in English or Spanish
The full presentations are available as downloads with speaker’s notes in PowerPoint:
Printable Living Treasures Tour PPTX (28mb)
Tesoros Vivientes PPTX (28.4mb)
A roseate tern on Falkner Island (© Steven McGuire)
How many different species birds have people identified in Connecticut and New York In Connecticut, the number is 444, according to a checklist of birds that compiled by Connecticut Ornithological Association that appears on the Connecticut Audubon Society website.
In New York, the number of birds who live in coastal habitats in five Audubon Important Bird Areas on Long Island Sound is at least 325, according to Cornell University’s e-Bird survey.
For more resources about Long Island Sound visit our Educational Resources page.