Memorial Day Weekend 2019 looks to be full of terrific, warm beach weather, in stark contrast to the very wet spring we have experienced thus far. There will be many visitors to Connecticut shores in the next few days. We also have a lot of young Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers on our beaches and offshore islands.
Here's a message from CT DEEP Wildlife Division:
DEEP is asking beachcombers, sunbathers, and boaters along the Connecticut shoreline to respect the fencing and yellow signs warning of piping plover and least tern nesting sites. Both shorebirds are state threatened species (the plover is also federally threatened). In addition, Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public from now through September 9, 2019, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds. Both islands have been designated by DEEP as Natural Area Preserves, primarily due to their importance as nesting habitats for several state-listed birds, including snowy egrets and great egrets (state threatened species), glossy ibis, and little blue herons (state special concern). #SharetheShore #BeachesAreHabitat
If you are one of our AAfCW volunteer monitors, please monitor whenever you can in the next few days to help ensure we all #SharetheShore while enjoying the holiday and gorgeous weather.