Scott Kruitbosch, Conservation Technician for Connecticut Audubon Society and the coordinator of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds project, and Dr. Twan Leenders, CAS Conservation Biologist, snapped these shots during the widespread work party.
The party gathers
Rebecca Foster, CT DEEP Piping Plover Research Assistant hard at work as always
Getting instructions before heading out
Another group would fill Larry's boat with equipment and head down to Pleasure Beach
AAfCW waterbird technician Sean Graesser
AAfCW coordinator Scott Kruitbosch
The march down Long Beach
We're off in the boat
Ospreys nest all over the barrier beach on artificial towers and other structures
Hammering in the hundreds of stakes...
...all over the place
Putting plenty of signs up as well
Looking at the border of Long Beach/Pleasure Beach or Stratford/Bridgeport from the latter
Irene improved the real estate for Piping Plovers and Least Terns
Quite a view
Where the road to Long Beach West was during cottage removal
We had so many volunteers this year!
Nearing the completion of a successful day
We even found new nests as CT DEEP spotted one with four eggs. A wire exclosure was set up not long after fencing was completed to help protect them from predation. Thanks again to everyone who has assisted us set up fencing this season!
Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.