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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Biology

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut



Wildlife Fact Sheets

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  • This collection of fact sheets will inform students about different species of animals in Connecticut, their status as endangered or threatened species, and the proper way to interact with them.
  • Students will learn about the animals' habitats, diets, and life cycles.
Teaching Tips


  • Each animal fact sheet is incredibly detailed and includes images of the animals.
  • The resource gives practical ways to handle encounters with animals as nuisances or threats.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may need the terms extirpated, deciduous, coniferous, carrion, brackish, plastron, quarry, neurological, and others defined before they read the sheets.
  • Students should know how animal populations fluctuate due to various pressures.
  • The link for hunting information on the coyote fact sheet is broken.


  • Teachers can assign the fact sheets according to students' reading stamina, as the fact sheets vary in length.
  • For ELL students, teachers can use tools like the Google Translate Chrome Extension to translate the page into the student's preferred language.
  • Students can use the fact sheets and other resources to research an animal of their choice and how climate change has influenced their survival, habitat, and other factors.
  • Language arts students can write narratives from the perspective of one of the animals, describing their life throughout the year.
  • Teachers can coordinate with woodshop classes to have students build the nest boxes described in some fact sheets.
Scientist Notes
This resource has students learn about Connecticut's fauna. It contains fact sheets that highlights information about common species found there. The fact sheets have been rigorously reviewed and have no scientific misconceptions. We suggest that teachers use this resource.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CR.9–10.1 cite a range and thorough textual evidence and make clear and relevant connections, to strongly support an analysis of multiple aspects of what an informational text says explicitly and inferentially, as well as interpretations of the text.
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.MF.6.6 Compare and contrast information or texts to develop a coherent understanding of a theme, topic, or issue when reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text.
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