Here are some of action shots from the work parties from Audubon Connecticut Director of Bird Conservation Patrick Comins and Connecticut Audubon Society Conservation Technician Scott Kruitbosch:
We had both young children and teens helping us out often this year, the next generation!
A beautiful day at Sandy and Morse Points
Packing it up for the season
Before we know it we will be taking the gear back out of the vehicles in 2013
Semipalmated Sandpipers at Griswold Point
Loads of Monarchs in Old Lyme! We watched for butterflies while working and saw some cool coastal vagrants like Cloudless Sulphurs while in West Haven
Fording the channel at Griswold Point
Michael Brooks carrying a bunch
Followed by Sean Graesser doing the same
A beautiful day in Old Lyme as well
The journey back
It certainly does not seem like six months has passed to us, but in another six months we will be well underway with monitoring the first-arriving coastal waterbirds, with Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers filtering in to beaches everywhere. Until that time we have a tremendous amount of work to do, with two more months in the field monitoring some of these species as they depart plus conducting International Shorebird Surveys before report writing, presentations, analysis, mapping, number-crunching, and more, all while planning for 2013!
If you have yet to submit some of your data or information from the 2012 field season please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. Additionally, if you would like to submit the hours you participated in the project you can do so as well. If you regularly submitted all of your surveys we can calculate this ourselves, but if you spent extra time on the beach or did not send us all of your data, we would like this hourly total as well please, thank you!