Friday, June 5, 2015

Volunteers Needed - Stratford Point

Volunteers are needed to help restore tidal marsh habitat at Stratford Point on Tuesday, Wednesday and potentially Thursday next week (June 9th, 10th and 11th). 2,500 Spartina (marsh grass) plugs will be arriving from New Jersey on Tuesday morning and we are asking that volunteers arrive at 11 AM. Work will continue until the tide is too high to plant anymore (~4 PM). These plants came as a result of some surplus supplies left over from Hurricane Sandy recovery projects in New Jersey.

Work will begin at 9 AM on Wednesday and again continue until late afternoon. If needed the work will also continue on Thursday. Please plan to walk around in the intertidal zone and get a bit messy. Rubber boots or other shoes that you don't mind getting muddy and/or wet would be advised. Extra wheelbarrows and shovels would be helpful.

Stratford Point is at 1207 Prospect Drive in Stratford and the gate will be open if you need to arrive at a later time. Please email ctwaterbirds@gmail.com for more information or if you would like to help.

This effort will not only help to reduce coastal erosion at this site, but also improve habitat for shorebirds and migrating marsh sparrows such as Seaside, Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows, which all feed on spartina seeds in fall migration. Please join us if you can! Thanks!

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