Welcome to ConnecticutWilderness.com, a guide to the wildlife and natural areas of Connecticut. Founded in 2010, our goal is to photograph and document the various species of wildlife in Connecticut as well as nature centers, parks, and wilderness areas in the state. We hope to educate the public on the variety of species within the state as well as help people learn how to identify them. We cover a wide variety of wildlife including plants, birds, insects, fungi, trees, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and more.
Since many local nature enthusiasts are also foragers, we have provided information on edibility and potential dangers on many of the species found on this website. We have found that understanding how plants and fungi may be used (or why they should be avoided) is critical to learning how to identify and understand the important role of the species in our ecosystem.
To get started, click on Species in the menu above to browse categories of species. In each category page you can browse photos of species or view the list of species by scientific (latin) name or common name. If you are looking for a new place to visit, click on Locations in the menu above and choose a county. Location pages show a map of where the location is as well as an access point (address) that you can put into your GPS to find it. The location pages also show a listing of species that have been photographed there.
ConnecticutWilderness.com is an ongoing project and we are continuously adding new species and locations to our database. We are also undergoing a major reconstruction project with rebuilding the website and are currently working to fill a backlog of photographs and species. Be sure to check the website regularly to see new photos and species that have been added.
August tends to be a very hot month in Connecticut, and often includes some pretty fierce thunderstorms and heatwaves, often alternating between the two. While these two weather factors can ruin a nice day hike, they seem have the opposite effect when it comes to the proliferation of colorful mushrooms in the forests.
Learn About Wild Edibles!
Are you interested in learning about foraging wild plants, mushrooms, and other species in Connecticut? If so, please take a look at our new section on foraging and lists of edible species we have identified.
Recently Added Species
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