[CT Birds] Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2016

Scott Kruitbosch skruitbosch at rtpi.org
Thu Feb 11 11:40:18 EST 2016

/The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds 2016 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 all our past monitors 
will be returning this year after yet another record-setting season in 
2015. We can only keep this success going with your help!/

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 12th **2016 *from 10:30am to 12:00noon at the*Audubon 
Connecticut 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, 
volunteers work at locations across the shoreline to 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.

This training session is co-sponsored by the Audubon Alliance for 
Coastal Waterbirds (Audubon Connecticut and the Roger Tory Peterson 
Institute of Natural History) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & 
Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
skruitbosch at rtpi.org
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