This is the first weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2015 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover and American Oystercatcher from March 17 through 4:00 p.m. on April 6 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff spanning that period.
On Sunday, April 12 CT DEEP and AAfCW will hold a beach/field training session geared for new volunteers on how to monitor and collect data for Piping Plovers and Least Terns from 10AM until 12PM at Sandy/Morse Points in West Haven. The group will meet at the parking lot before venturing out to the beach. Follow this link for driving directions and additional information on the site: http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=383
Everyone should dress for walking the beach and remember appropriate footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, a jacket and whatever else you may need avoid too much sun and stay warm on what can be a windy and chilly beach in April. You should also bring a snack, water, binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one.
Please volunteer to help us at the following string fencing and signage dates!
April 8th, 11:00 Long Beach, Stratford
Meet at the far west parking area.
April 10th, 11:00 Sandy Point, West Haven
Meet in the parking lot.
April 13th, 9:30 Griswold Point, Old Lyme
We recommend carpooling if possible which can be done at the park and ride commuter lot off exit 70 of Interstate 95 on Neck Road. The nearby businesses also have the only available restrooms. The group will meet up at the end of the private Griswold Point Lane for a 9:30AM start.
April 16th, 11:00 Bluff Point, Groton
Meet in the parking area and CT DEEP will shuttle people out to the beach.
April 20th, Cockenoe Island, Westport. Only a few volunteers can be taken. Please email USFWS Wildlife Biologist Kristina Vagos at email@example.com for more details and to sign up.
Remember that any and all volunteers are welcome including those who are not monitors. These dates are rain or shine, but snow or thunderstorms will postpone them. Volunteers should bring: work gloves, water, a snack, appropriate footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and whatever else you may need avoid too much sun. These locations can either be quite cool or very warm depending on the day so dress for any weather. A pocket knife or multi-tool can be handy and a sledge hammer or mallet can be helpful to bring. Plan for heavy lifting and toting, but be mindful of your safety. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can make it to any of those first four dates.
Lastly, please schedule your monitoring now if you have not already. Thank you, and good luck on the beaches!
Survey and monitoring updates:
1 adult at Milford Point on 3/17
4 adults at Milford Point on 3/19
9 adults at Milford Point on 3/22
2 adults at Griswold Point on 3/22
2 pairs, 9 adults at Milford Point on 3/27
2 adults at Bluff Point on 3/27
4 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 3/28
2 adults at Bluff Point on 3/29
1 pair, 10 adults at Milford Point on 3/29
12 adults at Griswold Point on 3/29
1 adult at Bluff Point on 3/29
3 pairs at Milford Point on 3/31
3 pairs at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/2
6 pairs, 1 adult at Milford Point on 4/2
1 pair, 4 adults at Bluff Point on 4/2
2 pairs at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/4
4 adults at Long Beach on 4/4
2 adults at Long Beach on 4/4
1 pair at Milford Point on 4/4
1 pair at Long Beach on 4/5
2 pairs, 5 adults at Milford Point on 4/5
1 pair at Milford Point on 3/22
1 pair at Milford Point on 3/27
2 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 3/28
1 adult at Bluff Point on 3/29
1 pair at Bluff Point on 3/29
2 adults at Silver Sands State Park on 3/30
4 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 3/30
2 pairs at Milford Point on 3/31
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/2
2 pairs at Milford Point on 4/2
1 pair at Trumbull Avenue Beach on 4/2
2 adults at Bluff Point on 4/2
1 pair, 1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/4
2 pairs at Long Beach on 4/4
2 pairs at Milford Point on 4/4
2 pairs at Milford Point on 4/5
This concludes update #1 through 4/6/15 as of 5:00 p.m.