Saturday, July 6, 2013

Heat wave safety

We have a very hot stretch of weather occurring right now in Connecticut that should go nearly all the way through next weekend. Please keep in mind how this can affect both you and the birds and put your safety first when it comes to being on the beach. It is really not a good time to be outside at all in the next few days aside from the very early morning or late evening. Thunderstorms chances will be increasing as well from isolated to scattered, and you do not want to be on the beach with a storm anywhere in the vicinity. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

We always ask everyone to be mindful of the birds in cold temperatures, but this magnitude of heat plus the sun on eggs or very young birds can be fatal. The less traffic we have out there the better so that the adults can tend to nests without being disturbed in the slightest. This goes for all of our birds - Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns, and Common Terns. Please feel free to disregard any surveys and take a well deserved rest.

Our thanks to you all again for the successful year we have had thus far. We have a couple of months to go and hopefully by the middle of September we will have seen many Least Terns in particular hatch and fledge.

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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