This is a reminder that the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds 2016 monitoring and stewardship season is about to begin! The training sessions for new and past volunteers is this Saturday, March 12. Please see the USFWS news release below for details, and please pass this along to any new volunteers you feel would be interested in joining us. We hope all our past monitors will be returning this year after yet another record-setting season in 2015. We can only keep this success going with your help!
your summer days at the beach and help protect a federally threatened
species! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are seeking
volunteers to monitor piping plovers and other shorebirds from early
April until late August at beaches across our state. A training and
orientation session for new volunteers will be held on Saturday, March 12th 2016 from 10:30am to 12:00noon at the Audubon Connecticut Office at Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Drive, Stratford, CT 06615;
past volunteers will be offered a refresher from 9:00am to 10:15am.
The sessions will review the following: biology of the piping plover,
how to monitor breeding pairs and chicks, volunteer organization and
logistics, and law enforcement information.
Coast populations of piping plovers return to the Connecticut coast in
March from their wintering grounds on the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. The
cryptic nests of the piping plover are extremely susceptible to human
disturbance, predation, and tidal wash outs. To enhance the survival and
productivity of birds breeding in Connecticut, volunteers work at
locations across the shoreline to observe the shorebirds, record and
report nesting data, and educate the beach-going public about the
monitoring program. Volunteers work 4 hour shifts from April until the
end of the breeding season (usually in August) and must donate a minimum
of 4 hours per month. The work can be very rewarding, as volunteers
will have the opportunity to positively impact nesting success for
threatened shorebirds across the state.
information on the training session or for directions, please email
USFWS Visitor Services Manager Shaun Roche at email@example.com.
Reservations are not required; but an e-mail letting us know you will be
attending is appreciated.
This training session is
co-sponsored by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (Audubon
Connecticut and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History)
and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.