We have not been in the field for much time this spring despite the fact we have hundreds of monitors who have joined us for the 2018 season. Wet weather continues to hammer Connecticut on a regular basis, keeping everyone indoors and away from the shore. On the plus side this allows our birds to go about nesting with fewer disturbances of all kinds. However, cool temperatures, rain, and a lot of high tides make it difficult to protect eggs. The photos below of a soaking wet Piping Plover were taken from a beach parking lot during a quick check of the area, not while walking the beach monitoring.
Remember that we ask monitors to stay home if the temperature is below 50 degrees or above 90 degrees, if it is very windy, or if it is raining. It can be helpful for our staff to keep an eye on things even while in their vehicles - spotting dogs down the beach, kite boarding/parasailing entering string fenced areas, verifying fencing and signage have not been knocked down by the tides, and so forth. Good luck to our birds during this critical period!