[CT Birds] Bridgeport WildLife Guards invite CT birders to a habitat restoration event at Beardsley Park on May 4th, 2013

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Fri Apr 26 12:10:02 EDT 2013

Dear CT Birders,
In November of 2012, the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds in partnership with the Student Conservation Association and the City of Bridgeport launched the WildLife Guards Program as a means of increasing awareness about beach nesting birds found at the City's Pleasure Beach, amongst the local community.  At the heart of the program are the WildLife Guards, a team of Bridgeport high school students, who will be out on the beaches this summer monitoring beach nesting bird species and encouraging a "share the shore" philosophy among beachgoers.
The WildLife Guards receive lessons in coastal ecology, green job training and employment through the program.   The Guards in turn develop and present bird themed activities to 120 elementary school students participating in Bridgeport's Lighthouse Afterschool Program on a monthly basis.  Recently the Guards instructed students in creating educational signs featuring drawings of piping plovers, least terns, and American oystercatchers that are now on display at beaches across the state. The WildLife Guards have also participated in monthly conservation projects, including the habitat restoration work at Beardsley Zoo & Park, Stratford/Milford Christmas Bird Count, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and the Rock-to-Rock Earth Day Bike Ride.
On May 4th, 2013, in celebration of Earth Day, WildLifeGuards are looking for volunteers to come out to Beardsley Zoo & Park located on 1875 Noble Avenue in Bridgeport, CT to help make the conservation pond an exceptional habitat for the wildlife. The conservation pond is located right across from the duck feeding area at Bunnells Pond and provides habitat for birds, turtles, and other wildlife.  If you would like to volunteer to help clear invasive plants, please RSVP at our Facebook event page (www.facebook.com/BridgeportWildlifeGuards<http://www.facebook.com/BridgeportWildlifeGuards>) or e-mail jamiyawildlifeguards at gmail.com<mailto:jamiyawildlifeguards at gmail.com> by May 3rd, 2013.  The event will start at 10:30AM and end at 2:30PM. Park at the tennis courts on the east side of Noble Ave, and walk down the hill to the conservation pond.  Wear work boots and long denim pants, and please bring a water bottle.  Other supplies will be provided.  The event will take place rain or shine; a light lunch is included.  There will be a free raffle prize drawing for all and T-shirts for the first 60 volunteers.  This event is sponsored by the Student Conservation Association, the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, the City of Bridgeport, and the Beardsley Zoo.  We hope you can join us!
The WildLife Guards Program is sponsored by Audubon's Toyota TogetherGreen program.
Thank you,
Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe
IBA Program Coordinator
Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds
Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org<mailto:Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org>
203-264-5098 ext. 310

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