Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Long Beach fencing party completed

A final successful public fencing party took place at Long Beach in Stratford last Friday. CT DEEP and AAfCW staffs thank everyone who took the time to come out on a cloudy cool, then warm, then cool again morning and afternoon. Your help got us through the longest stretch of beach we have very well as we successfully fenced off three sections and spent time looking for birds all the way to Pleasure Beach and assessed the changed habitat of the barrier beach.

After migratory peaks the numbers of Piping Plover at Long Beach have been fluctuating with some people seeing zero birds during monitoring visits and others finding a couple of pairs. On Friday we had only two males who were feeding on the mudflats of Great Meadows Marsh. Here's hoping that number goes up as the temperature does. Below are photos by Patrick Comins of the fencing operation.

The group getting instructions from Rebecca Foster of CT DEEP

What has to be hauled out

 Erica Morgan of CT DEEP in green along with Sean Graesser and Scott Kruitbosch at right

  Michael Brooks trailing some of our great volunteers
 Patrick Comins pushing way too much and red from the sun plus the hard work

Up the fencing goes

Thanks again to everyone who joined us at Long Beach or at the previous fencing parties! We will post other volunteer opportunities throughout the season from special work on offshore islands to fireworks coverage to fencing removal in August.

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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