[CT Birds] Sandy Point Clean-up a great success!

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Tue Aug 20 13:39:41 EDT 2013

This past Saturday, approximately 20 people, birders and members of the local community assembled at Sandy Point IBA to participate in a beach clean-up.   Over the course of three hours, participants did an amazing job, removing a whopping 17 bags of trash, weighing a total of 280 lbs., from the beach.  Commonly collect items included food wrappers, cigarette butts and packaging, and small pieces of plastic.  Others items picked up in large quantities included plastic bags, beverage bottles, and caps. The most unusual item collect was what appeared to be a car muffler.    

The clean-up was sponsored by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (a partnership between the Connecticut Audubon Society and Audubon Connecticut, a branch of the National Audubon Society) with assistance from the City of West Haven.  Trash, especially food waste, attracts predators to beaches. Carry-in/carry-out trash policies and periodic clean-ups helps prevent predators from visiting places like Sandy Point, that are important breeding sites for the federally threatened piping plovers and other beach nesting bird species. 

Thank you to everyone who participated!!!

Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe

IBA Program Coordinator
Audubon CT
Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
203-264-5098 ext. 310

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