Calf Island (Connecticut)

Calf Island
Calf Island, between 27.5 acre and 31.5 acre island about 3000 ft from the Byram shore of Greenwich, Connecticut in Long Island Sound.wikipedia
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Greenwich, Connecticut

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Calf Island, between 27.5 acre and 31.5 acre island about 3000 ft from the Byram shore of Greenwich, Connecticut in Long Island Sound.
Calf Island, a 29 acre island about 3000 ft from the Byram shore in Greenwich, is open for visitors, although as of the summer of 2006 it was getting relatively few of them.

Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge

Stuart B. McKinney NWR
When the federal government bought the island in 2003, it joined the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, a collection of federally owned islands along 70 mi of Connecticut coastline from Greenwich to Westbrook.
Calf Island Unit: Calf Island in Greenwich is a 29 acre island that is 3000 ft from shore, and has been a part of the McKinney wildlife refuge since 2003. This unit is at 40.993°N, -73.6395°W.

Byram River

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Calf Island, between 27.5 acre and 31.5 acre island about 3000 ft from the Byram shore of Greenwich, Connecticut in Long Island Sound.

Long Island Sound

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Calf Island, between 27.5 acre and 31.5 acre island about 3000 ft from the Byram shore of Greenwich, Connecticut in Long Island Sound.

Geographic information system

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The size of the island is a best estimate as different sources cite different sizes for the island; while the oldest estimates put it at around 20 acre the GIS system puts it at 31.5 acre The island is open for visitors; although, as of the summer of 2006, it was getting relatively few of them.

Animal sanctuary

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More than half of the island (on the west side) is a bird sanctuary off-limits to members of the public without permission to visit.

Cowbird

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

American yellow warbler

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Starling

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Catbird

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Diamondback terrapin

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Osprey

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Great blue heron

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Canada goose

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The island is home to cowbirds, yellow warblers, starlings, catbirds, diamondback terrapins, ospreys, great blue herons and canada geese.

Great egret

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great and snowy egrets can also be seen there.

Snowy egret

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great and snowy egrets can also be seen there.

Sassafras

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sassafras, hickory, maple and beech trees, along with oriental bittersweet and multiflora roses, grow there.

Hickory

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sassafras, hickory, maple and beech trees, along with oriental bittersweet and multiflora roses, grow there.

Maple

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sassafras, hickory, maple and beech trees, along with oriental bittersweet and multiflora roses, grow there.

Beech

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sassafras, hickory, maple and beech trees, along with oriental bittersweet and multiflora roses, grow there.

Celastrus orbiculatus

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sassafras, hickory, maple and beech trees, along with oriental bittersweet and multiflora roses, grow there.

Rosa multiflora

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sassafras, hickory, maple and beech trees, along with oriental bittersweet and multiflora roses, grow there.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Audubon Greenwich, SoundWaters, church groups and high school athletic teams all have regularly scheduled trips to the island.

Westbrook, Connecticut

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When the federal government bought the island in 2003, it joined the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, a collection of federally owned islands along 70 mi of Connecticut coastline from Greenwich to Westbrook.

Greenwich Y.M.C.A.

Greenwich Family YMCA
The Calf Island Community Trust, Inc., opposed the transfer of the island from the Greenwich Family YMCA to the federal government, in part because a permit would be required for some activities on the island; nevertheless, the purchase was made.