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Charlie’s Island at Hammonasset Beach State Park

Weasel encounter!

During this video, Ranger Russ had quite the encounter with a long-tailed weasel, up close and personal! Worth the watch!

Long-tailed Weasel


  • Midden – an archaeological term for a pile of trash left by humans long gone. They may consist of animal bone, human excrement, botanical material, mollusc shells, fragments of pottery or stone, as well as other artifacts and ecofacts associated with past human occupation.

Fun Facts

  • Charlie’s Island at Hammonasset was where Charlie Rafferty used to trap and band raptors. It is now closed to the public.
  • The Great Egret used to be hunted for its feathers, which were a popular decoration for women’s hats. As a result, they were almost extirpated from the country in the late 1800s. A ban on harvesting Great Egret feathers led to its recovery.
  • Oyster middens, consisting of discarded oyster shells, are some of the oldest and largest piles of intact garbage dating from after the late ice age. They are found in coastal and lakeshore regions where oysters were a major part of the inhabitants diet. They are important archaeological sites, often containing preserved ceramics, bones and stone tools, and the remains of animals on which the people feasted.
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