Monday, September 16, 2013

Sandy Point "Important Bird Area" Clean Up

Sandy Point "Important Bird Area" Clean Up, West Haven

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00 am to noon

The New Haven Bird Club is looking for volunteers to participate in a beach cleanup at Sandy Point IBA in West Haven as part of the Ocean Conservancy's "International Coastal Cleanup Day," captained locally by Save the Sound/Dr. Bob Marra. The cleanup will help prevent predators, attracted by trash, from becoming accustomed to visiting Sandy Point, one of the most important sites in CT for Piping Plovers and other beach-nesting bird species.


Please bring work gloves, sunscreen, and water. Meet at the Savin Rock parking lot on Beach St. (immediately east of Chick's Restaurant/ 183 Beach St., next to the skate park). Come for all or part of the time. Contact: Craig Repasz : 203-230-1697 or crepasz@hotmail.com

Monday, September 2, 2013

AAfCW 2013 Volunteer Update #23

This is the twenty-third and final weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2013 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Common Tern from August 26 through 4:00 p.m. on September 2 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff spanning that period.

Informational updates:

Our thanks to all who came out to help remove fencing and signage at Bluff Point and Griswold Point last week. We have now completed those efforts for the season. Additionally we would like to thank everyone who has participated in monitoring, surveying, and fencing operations in 2013! We could not have done any of this without you and we appreciate it very much. We hope everyone will return to monitoring in 2014.

However, if you would like to continue surveying for waterbirds through September or even later into the season, please email us if we have not already spoken about it. We welcome additional observations of late Piping Plovers, any terns and the still certainly numerous American Oystercatchers. Other shorebirds and long-legged waders will be observed and recorded by our staff for at least a couple more months, and we will be completing other work such as International Shorebird Surveys.

If you have yet to send us monitoring data please email what you have to us as soon as possible. Finally, if you have eBird checklists with applicable waterbird species you would like to share with us and have not, please do so! If you have any questions, comments, or other feedback, please feel free to email us at any time. This will be the final regular weekly update but our surveying goes on and we will be in contact with all of you again soon.

Survey and monitoring updates:

Piping Plover
1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/27
10 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/28
1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/28

American Oystercatcher
1 pair at Griswold Point on 8/26
1 pair at Milford Point on 8/27
3 pairs, 1 juvenile at Menunketesuck Island on 8/27
1 pair, 1 juvenile at Salt Island on 8/27
1 adult at Duck Island on 8/27
1 pair at Branford Harbor on 8/27
1 pair at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/29
1 pair at Bluff Point on 8/29
1 pair at Griswold Point on 8/30

Common Tern
2 juveniles at Branford Harbor on 8/27
1 adult at Griswold Point on 8/30

This concludes update #23 through 9/2/13 as of 5:00 p.m.


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