Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day weekend coverage

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the first busy beach weekend of the year and coincides with hatchling Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers running around our shoreline. We need all the help we can get to help educated beachgoers during this critical time. The first young Piping Plovers of 2013 should hatch in the next few days and there are numerous young American Oystercatchers already on our beaches. In addition, Least and Common Terns are beginning to pair off and will soon settle into nesting colonies.

The weather should feature showers and clouds through at least part of Sunday followed by some sun on Monday with still cool temperatures that hover around the mid 60s for highs and the upper 40s for lows. If this turns out to be even relatively accurate there should be less traffic on the beaches than usual, but if anyone can help and put in some extra time at your location(s) with beach stewardship, especially on Memorial Day, we would greatly appreciate it! Please do keep in mind we would still want to avoid being on the beach during any rain or when the temperature is below 50 to keep the eggs and young safe. Thank you and enjoy the weekend.

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.

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