Welcome to Estuary magazine’s Blog

We have created this blog to keep in touch during the intervals between quarterly issues of Estuary magazine.  Our topics will range over the same categories used in the magazine. Some blogs may relate back stories to magazine articles, some may introduce thought-provoking controversies, and some may narrate “feel-good” stories.

We intend to use the blog to emphasize several calls for action:

First, we invite you to subscribe to the magazine to learn more about the River—its wildlife, recreational opportunities, science and conservation issues, important people, lifestyle and culture, and fascinating history.

Second, we invite you to go outside and enjoy the environment of the River and surrounding watershed; if this is not possible, experience the River vicariously through the features and high-resolution pictures in the magazine.

Third, on behalf of the River and its watershed, we invite you to become involved in meaningful conservation activities, which may range from advocating for sound environmental policies in your state and town to engaging in environmental monitoring studies, in creating synergies among like-minded organizations to leverage scarce resources, in the removal of invasive species, in community development projects involving the River, in habitat management, and in the reduction of your carbon footprint, to name some.

Fourth, we will appreciate receiving your ideas about the Connecticut River and its watershed. The same goes for your feedback about how to improve the magazine, including the topics that you would like to see in future issues.

Wildlife Wonders: Red-breasted Merganser

January 20, 2022

Spend a minute watching a mute swan go airborne. These stunning birds, who often gather at the mouth of the Connecticut River, are so big they need 100 feet or more to get up and go....

Cherish and Celebrate the Connecticut River

July 5, 2021

Riverside Service: Cherish and Celebrate the Connecticut River  Hosted by St. Ann’s of Old Lyme and Bishop Ian Douglas, it was a great evening of fellowship, recognition of “water of life” and of the rivers in all our lives. In the second half of the video, Connecticut River Conservancy’s Executive Director Andy Fisk talks about the importance of faith and ... Read More

Become an Environmental Activist (Part 2)

July 13, 2020

Last time, we parted with my advice to first become informed about the state of the environment and then develop the conviction that you can make a difference to the environment by volunteering in an area that interests you. If you are still left wondering what you can do, you can start your involvement by looking no further than your personal lifestyle, back yard, or neighborhood....

Become an Environmental Activist

June 29, 2020

I started to write this blog on the topic of citizen science for the Connecticut River environment but soon realized that the concept could be too narrowly interpreted as just “science.” To be clear, citizen science usually involves a collaboration between non-scientists and scientists in which non-scientists collect data needed by scientists to resolve real-world issues....

Solving Environmental Problems

June 18, 2020

Environmental problems can be complex and hard to resolve. The complexity arises because the components of the environment are linked, and their interactions may be separated by both time and distance....

The Connecticut River’s Tranquility

June 6, 2020

In these times of stressful living, designed to contain the coronavirus, more and more people are seeking solace in nature. The fall 2020 issue of Estuary magazine contains several personal essays on this topic....

My Connecticut River, cont…

May 18, 2020

We weren’t settled for very long in Glastonbury before I joined the Connecticut Audubon Society and became a member of the Regional Board of Directors of its nature center in Glastonbury and then was elected to the state Board of Directors. These responsibilities introduced me to still more dimensions of the Connecticut River....

My Connecticut River

May 11, 2020

For this inaugural blog, I thought that I would recount several of my Connecticut River experiences that fostered the strong emotional attachment that I hold for the River today. They happen to intersect five of the articles that either appeared in the first issue or are planned to appear in one or more of the next three quarterly issues of the magazine....

Ralph Wood

After retiring from a successful career in industrial R&D at GE, West Virginia University, and United Technologies, Ralph started a small business, Accelerating Excellence, for consulting in productivity, quality, product development, systems engineering and strategy. At the same time he began a career of volunteering at the Connecticut Audubon Society on its state Board and on the regional boards of its Glastonbury Center and its Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme. He is also a director of the Mentoring Corps for Community Development and is presently involved with the New London Public School system in the design of a Teachers’ Academy to promote excellence.

He was a member of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s site selection team for Connecticut’s National Estuarine Research Reserve and continues to work on the steering team that is creating its management plan and environmental impact statement. He is currently the president of Estuary Ventures, Inc., the parent of Estuary Magazine.

Ralph holds three degrees from Brown University in mechanical engineering. He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren.

Ralph credits his fundamental appreciation and concern for the environment to bird-loving and banding neighbors where he grew up, to his Boy Scout troop and summer camp, and to his uncle, who was a past president of Maine Audubon and an avid conservationist and outdoors person.