[CT Birds] Stratford and Bridgeport Public Meetings for IBA Conervation Plan Updated Info and Date Change for Bridgeport Meeting

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue Dec 8 10:19:32 EST 2009


You are invited to participate in two upcoming opportunities to provide input to the Great Meadows conservation planning process.

Wednesday, December 9th at 7-9 PM (in Stratford)

Monday, December 14th from 7-9 PM (in Bridgeport)

Audubon Connecticut, the state organization of the National Audubon Society, is developing a Conservation Plan for the Stratford Great Meadows Important Bird Area (IBA), including Frash Pond, Long Beach West, and Pleasure Beach.   The IBA Conservation Plan will document the area's natural resources, identify threats to these resources, and outline opportunities for management, research, and education.  The goal is to develop strategies that will help maintain the fragile natural resources of the area, while also allowing for improved public access.  Connecticut Audubon Society and Baystate Environmental Consultants have been charged with developing the Plan.

An important part of the planning process is public input about from those who have an interest in the Great Meadows Refuge and adjacent lands such as Long Beach West and Pleasure Beach. Currently, two public meetings are planned in December that will include a brief presentation about the area and its significance as an IBA, and also provide a forum for people to discuss ideas and suggestions for improving the Plan.   The meetings are free and open to any interested persons. Similar plans developed by Audubon Connecticut at other IBAs in Connecticut have helped local stakeholders carry out habitat improvements.

ONLINE SURVEY:  You can also provide input to the planning process via an online survey. The survey is can be found on the Audubon CT website: http://www.audubonct.org/BirdSci_GreatMeadowsIBA_Survey.html

MEETING INFORMATION:

December 9th: Connecticut Audubon Society offices (formerly the Remington Gun Club) at 1207 Prospect Drive, Stratford, CT. For directions to the Stratford meeting site, click here: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Stratford+&state=CT&address=1207+Prospect+Drive.

December 14th:  Bridgeport Ralphola Taylor Center (790 Central Avenue | Bridgeport, CT 06607.)  Please contact Chris Field, IBA Coordinator at (203) 264-5098 x307 or cfield at audubon.org<mailto:cfield at audubon.org> with questions or concerns.

ABOUT THIS IBA: The Stratford Great Meadows IBA includes the Stratford Great Meadow Unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Bridgeport's Pleasure Beach, Stratford's Long Beach, Frash Pond, and additional areas.  These lands include salt marsh, coastal woodlands, grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and coastal shrubland.  The IBA lies along the Atlantic bird migration corridor and provides valuable breeding and migratory stopover habitat for many bird species that are of conservation concern.  Nearly 300 bird species have been recorded within the IBA area and it is among the most important nesting areas in the state for Piping Plovers, Least Terns and Clapper Rails.  Recognized by Audubon Connecticut as one of 27 Important Bird Areas in the state, the Stratford Great Meadows area offers tremendous opportunities for world-class wildlife watching, nature education, and outdoor recreation adjacent to Connecticut's largest urban center in Bridgeport.

This effort was made possible by generous support from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and the Jeniam Foundation.

For more information about this and other IBA programs, contact Chris Field, IBA Coordinator for Audubon Connecticut at (203) 264-5098 x307 or cfield at audubon.org.

Hope to see you there!

Patrick

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon Connecticut
pcomins at audubon.org

http://iba.audubon.org/iba/viewState.do?state=US-CT

Audubon Center at Bent of the River
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury,  CT 06488
Phone:  (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x305
Fax: (203)264-6332





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