Primavera! Beardsley Bart Brings Early Spring

Beardsley Bart. Photo courtesy of Shannon Calvert.

Spring isn’t coming early, spring is here. So it seems, anyway.

Ganim groundhog day
Who could forget this photo gem from a few years ago. Fronting prairie dog exhibit, Mayor Joe Ganim holds replica of Beardsley Bart.

From Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have ‘Beardsley Bart?’ Beardsley Bart, Connecticut’s own Prognosticating Prairie Dog, came out early this morning to share his weather forecast with a small gathering of his friends. This year, he did not see his shadow, revealing that Connecticut will enjoy an early spring.

“Beardsley Bart is a very early riser and when he came out this morning, he confirmed that he did not see his shadow,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “But every year, Beardsley Bart says that spring is coming eventually, and he has always been 100 percent correct.”

Dancho invites everyone to visit the Zoo throughout the cold weather, as that’s when many of the animals are most active. A new Brazilian ocelot and a new male Golden lion tamarin can both be found in the Rainforest Building.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 98th anniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, Mexican and red wolves, and South American rainforest with free-flight aviary. Other highlights include the new Spider monkey habitat, the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains featuring maned wolves, Chacoan peccaries and Giant anteaters. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit



  1. Spring isn’t coming early, spring is here. So it seems, except for Joe Ganim,
    He has that cloud over his head, just like Joe Btfsplk was a character in the satirical comic strip Li’l Abner (published 1934–1977) by cartoonist Al Capp another Bridgeporter . Btfsplk well-meaning, but is the world’s worst jinx, bringing disastrous misfortune to everyone around him. A small, dark rain cloud perpetually hovers over his head just like Joe G. to symbolize his bad luck. Hapless Ganim and his ever-present cloud has become one of the most iconic images in Bridgeport.

  2. I have to lean towards Lennie’s side. He has placed me on moderation more than ones and has deleted many of my own comments regarding race. So I understand about being upset when your comments get deleted, right Frank? 🙂 BAM! Although, I do feel Maria is above many regular contributors here on OIB, who gives more of an insight and sheds some light on the shady Port politics. Yet I do get turned off when her comments go too far into someone’s personal life, especially their sexual relationships or life struggle that are seemingly irrelevant to Port Politics.

    Lennie, it’s not that Maria believes her comments are gospels, she hates and can’t stand being rebuffed or, rejection, who does? Maria, this is Lennie’s site and is not Page six in the New York Post. If you want to go off the deep end you should use your own media platform, FB. But I don’t think the following is quite like OIB. It is a business that looks to attracts advertisements. If Bloomberg is going to spend 1 Billion dollars why shouldn’t Lennie try to capture some of it? Like your Robert Rules, you should honor his wishes. I hope you and Lennie resolve your issues. You do contribute some entertainment, as well as, constructive viewpoints and insight to Port’s politics. The Keyword here is “CONSTRUCTIVE” And let’s not forget OIB is a business based on the advertisement.

    Maria, if you feel any of my viewpoints are unfair, please make a comment. 🙂 BAM! Maria, I will take a lack of comment as verification to my point of view being correct that you tend to insult people that has no preview of Port politics.

    I accept your apology. I know it must be hard to admit when you are wrong, you are a “fluffy woman. Don’t take it wrong I love fluffy woman. 🙂 BAM!

  3. While I am waiting for Beijing to deliver the panda. 🙂 Ernie how told you Lennie banned Maria for OIB? It seems she asked Lennie to delete her account for whatever reason? I find that you, Ernie, are more to blame for the false narrative that Lennie banned Maria, although Lennie didn’t correct you. Since we are on the false narratives. Ernie when and your Partner speaking out about Ganim’s administration not hiring Blacks considered this, you openly support Ganim over a black woman, Moore, for the highest position in city government. I will even throw in Cruz, who is always posting white racist Trump supports post on FB. Surely if you support the Black candidate, Moore, would have won the primary. So it is honest to say You, Ernie and your partner are to blame for a black woman losing to a white man for the mayor’s office for the City of Bridgeport. I know you have said you have the right to support whoever you want, Just remember you and your partner, Cruz passed over a black person for a white person when you speak about Blacks getting passed over in the Port. JS

    1. Robert T
      First of all I don’t run OIB, Second of all I don’t control how people Vote. You of all people should realize Lennie felt Maria cross the line.Robert don’t ever tell me how to Vote. Just because i’m Black doesn’t mean all blacks will vote for me. I had a person telling blacks to vote for a Republican person running for city council in my district, people have a right to vote for who ever they choose to vote for. If you have a problem with Lennie putting Maria off of OIB you should take it up with him. Maybe you should start a petition to Bring her back, or go out and get signature. LOL O bye the Way maybe i should blame you for Don Trump being President because we all know you didn’t Vote for Hillary!

      1. P.S Robert T
        Its none of your business how i found out Lennie had drop Maria from OIB! I’m Glad to see you are the only one concerned about Maria spot on OIB!

  4. That’s my point, According to Maria, she asked Lennie to delete her account. Lennie’s is not even disputing it. He said Maria banned herself. Clearly whoever told you Lennie banned Maria was incorrect, Right? I don’t have an issue with Maria on what she posted. I didn’t take a drug test to prove something to her.

    To be fair to the Republican Party they did fight and die fighting the Democrat Party to end slavery. However, you did claim to be the “Moses” of your people. You when out asking “your” people to vote for a white Democrat over a Black Democrat, didn’t you not? Do you mean Hilary Clinton, whose husband signed the crime bill that implemented mass incarceration of Blacks, and said she needs to bring back people to heel? Over Trump when singed a bill of prison reform that Democrat Obama could get done. No, I didn’t vote for Hilary Clinton but I did like you voted for Joe. Mostly because she was not for a Bridgeport casino and would side with her other constituents in the Ports neighboring towns. If you want to try to associate me as a racist by injecting Trump the guy you when out asking black people to vote for went to Tump’s wedding and Lennie worked for him.

    My point was simple, just looking at the other hand, Criticizing Joe for not hiring Blacks while supporting him over a black person without making the claim Moore was less qualified is hypocrisy. I’m not saying “Moses” sold his people out. I am saying done “Tump” it up and make it just about black and white.

    P.S Lennie put me on and took me off moderation at least 4 times and deleted many of my posts about calling out the Democrat hypocrisy on race. Maria took being in check, in my opinion, extreme. Like she always has done. She makes her own narrative sometimes. This is how she plays. I think she thinks her smarts and hard work are enough. But she might be miscalculating. A vote is about being like and persuasive, which she lacks and that a shame. You know “persuasive” like claiming to be the Moses of his people. At this rate, I just go to the City Council Meeting like I’m going to the movies, to see who’s on their high horse, Moses 🙂

  5. Rob T
    Listen we all know you VOTED for Trump that’s your right i could careless why you did it. Please i don’t need you to question me about being black i’ve been black all my life. Rob your are not the savior for black or brown people. Rob how many time have you stated Slavery was wrong or blacks and browns being killed by police. How many times have you said anything about the injustice going on in our criminal justice system. Please don’t you ever question me about supporting anybody when you have never stood up against injustices against Blacks and Browns in this country.

  6. Who said I came here to save anyone? You can try to portray me as a racist because I may or may not have voted for Trump because you are answering my whiteness by association with him as a racist.

    I don’t even know what it means to question someone’s blackness, but I can almost assure you I can check virtually every box other than the percentage of Melanin in my body that will be your litmus test of black.

    Have I said slavery was right? How many times have you praised “God be the glory” and how God helped you through your struggles, Yet never condemned the very book, the Bible, the lord, for sectioning and condoning slavery, or how white Irish were slaves themselves in American?

    If I Voted for Trump it was because I didn’t want to vote for Hilary. Why did you openly support Joe over Moore? Has she not been black all of her life? Does she not say anything about justice and injustice?

    By the way, have you heard we have a curfew now because of another act of gun violence in the Port? Of course, you have you were at the press conference. Which seems to be ironic since it was by young adults and in the day.

    In the end, Ernie, all you are really saying is, you’re black, I’m white so therefor I’m racist. So don’t question your actions. But when a person who is black, question the Port as being racist by not having Black and Brown in the seat of higher positions but support a white guy over a black woman for the highest position. You do have to at least ask the question. Why is he making it into a race debate? When he himself had no problem with openly supporting the white guy over the Black woman?

    You questioned my sense of justice or injustice. So I can question yours. Changing the narrative to race is probably not the best way to stand up for black and brown people losing their life “Moses”. Let’s not forget when that 12 boys, Clinton Howell, lost his life before it even got started. You changed the conversation and narrative to white racist cops. I will just leave it at that.


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