[CT Birds] Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2015

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Tue Feb 10 23:49:02 EST 2015

/The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds 2015 monitoring and 
stewardship season is about to begin! Please see the USFWS news release 
below for details, and please pass this along to any new volunteers you 
feel would be interested in joining us. We hope you will all be 
returning or joining us this year after a record-setting and very 
successfully 2014 season./

Spend your summer days at the beach and help protect a federally 
threatened species! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners 
are seeking volunteers to monitor piping plovers and other shorebirds 
from early April until late August at beaches across our state.  A 
training and orientation session for new volunteers will be held on 
*Saturday, March 14th 2015* from 10:30am to 12:00noon at *Stratford 
Point, 1207 Prospect Drive, Stratford, CT 06615*; past volunteers will 
be offered a refresher from 9:00am to 10:15am.  The sessions will review 
the following: biology of the piping plover, how to monitor breeding 
pairs and chicks, volunteer organization and logistics, and law 
enforcement information.

Atlantic Coast populations of piping plovers return to the Connecticut 
coast in March from their wintering grounds on the Gulf Coast and 
Caribbean.  The cryptic nests of the piping plover are extremely 
susceptible to human disturbance, predation, and tidal wash outs. To 
enhance the survival and productivity of birds breeding in Connecticut, 
an annual monitoring partnership is cooperatively sponsored by Stewart 
B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), 
Audubon Connecticut, the Connecticut Department of Energy and 
Environmental Protection, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural 
History and The Nature Conservancy.

Working at locations across coastal Connecticut, our volunteers observe 
the shorebirds, record and report nesting data, and educate the 
beach-going public about the monitoring program. Volunteers work 4 hour 
shifts from April until the end of the breeding season (usually in 
August) and must donate a minimum of 4 hours per month. The work can be 
very rewarding, as volunteers will have the opportunity to positively 
impact nesting success for threatened shorebirds across the state.

For more information on the training session or for directions, please 
email USFWS Visitor Services Manager Shaun Roche at 
shaun_roche at fws.gov.  Reservations are not required; but an e-mail 
letting us know you will be attending is appreciated.


Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
716-665-2473 x224
skruitbosch at rtpi.org
rtpi.org <http://www.rtpi.org>
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