estuary magazine

A quarterly publication for people who care about the Connecticut River; its history, health, and ecology—present and future.


In every issue, you’ll read stories about…

Conservation of the Connecticut River

Read stories about efforts to improve the quality of the river waters, fish ladders, dam removal, invasive plants, restoring habitats, even the geology of the river from ancient times to today.

Wildlife of the Connecticut River

Read about river birding, winter geese, eagles and their habitat, where to best find and photograph birds along the river, the osprey success story, the fall swallow phenomenon and more. Enjoy the world-class photography that illustrates these articles.

History of the Connecticut River

Read stories about the rich history of the Connecticut River; stories of early colonial settlers, native Indian tribes, their art and culture, the history of river steamboats, shipbuilding, covered bridges and more. All beautifully illustrated with photographs, maps and artwork.

Recreation on the Connecticut River

Read about all of the seasonal joys of river recreation: fly fishing in the spring, frostbite sailing in the winter, kayak and canoe trips, riverside bicycle tours and camping.

Lifestyle along the Connecticut River

Read about real people living on the river, their lives, their homes, their avocations. Learn about what they have contributed to the culture of the river through their art, their photography, their poetry.

People on the Connecticut River

Learn about people from the CT River watershed who leave their mark on the river and on the world. … like artists, inventors, scientists, engineers and educators. Read about the key people behind current efforts to preserve the river and their work to enhance our river experience.

Our Story

estuary magazine is a quarterly magazine, both in-print and online, beginning in the spring of 2020. Our mission is to inform, and thereby enlighten, inhabitants of the CT River Valley about the status and trends associated with its health, life and habitats; we believe estuary will increase citizen awareness of, and participation in, opportunities for conservation, protection and enjoyment of the resources of the River basin. To this end, we have enlisted a group of outstanding writers, journalists, photographers, and artists to provide content for the magazine on a regular basis. Our editors are experienced and able to communicate complex, technical and scientific matters to the general public. Most important, they are master storytellers.

Those interested mainly in archival data and the ability to research articles and blogs via digital means, and to correspond, via the most effective social media should be well served.
Our editorial “departments” are based on community interests.

Power Boating
Canoe / Kayak

We will report regularly on the progress of the lower Connecticut River on its multi-year path to becoming recognized as a federally-designated National Estuarine Research Reserve, or NERR. This designation means that modest federal and state funds will be used for scientific research at specific points in the lower Connecticut River to understand, for example, what is happening to the river’s estuary over time.

And finally, we will commission some of our own feature stories, and science/photo essays. When it comes to science reporting, our job is to communicate science in easy-to-read, non-scientific terms.

Don’t miss the inaugural issue!  Digital version out in January 2020; Print edition out in February.

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