[CT Birds] Plum Island Action Alert

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed Jan 20 11:39:20 EST 2016

Please see this active action alert regarding Plum Island from Audubon:

Along the highly-developed Long Island Sound coastline, Plum Island stands out because it has remained largely undeveloped. The island has been protected from development for decades because it's the site of a federal research facility. Plum Island now provides vital habitat for threatened and endangered birds such as Piping Plovers and Roseate Terns, along with thousands of migrating birds. But the federal government is preparing to move its research facility-and sell this Important Bird Area to the highest bidder.

Bipartisan legislation in both the House and Senate would protect Plum Island by stopping the sell-off.

Write to your members of Congress and ask them to support this legislation to protect this Important Bird Area.<http://www.audubonaction.org/site/R?i=Q38sfMpzbBFEpDPVH2ARbA>

More than 210 bird species breed or forage on Plum Island and in adjacent coastal waters. It's a natural oasis in the midst of some of the nation's most densely urbanized places. And that's why Audubon has made the island's permanent protection an urgent priority.

As the human footprint expands, the natural places birds and other wildlife need become increasingly scarce. It would be nearly impossible for conservation interests to compete against well-financed private developers if the federal government moves forward with auctioning off Plum Island.
Tell your members of Congress that protecting wildlife habitat is important to YOU. Ask them to stop the sell-off of Plum Island. <http://www.audubonaction.org/site/R?i=qCgPJrySfZN_BKFE8elIvg>


One caveat is that our elected officials are right in the thick of this, so you will want to thank them for their leadership on the issue.   If you have friends who live in other states, please forward this on to them as there are important targets in the House and Senate that need to hear from the voters on this important issue.


Patrick M. Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Connecticut
Phone: (203)405-9115
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