[CT Birds] Shorebird Puddles

Thomas Burgess tburgess5 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 26 12:01:39 EDT 2017

I agree with you, Kathy.  This is an excellent opportunity to develop a partnership with the park staff.  I volunteer for any effort we undertake to make  Hammonasset more bird friendly.

Tom Burgess, Wilton, 203-451-2516
On Wed, 7/26/17, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

 Subject: [CT Birds] Shorebird Puddles
 To: "List CT Birds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>, "Patrick Comins" <PComins at ctaudubonsociety.onmicrosoft.com>
 Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:57 AM
 I have received a copy of the official
 response to Mark Szantyr from Tom
 Tyler of the Parks division, via Susan
 Whalen (see below).  I suggest that
 we take them up on the offer to work
 with us to create "pothole" habitat in
 the park in places that are not used
 for parking.  Does anyone know about
 how to create artificial shorebird
 habitat which would mimic the areas in
 the existing parking lots? 
 Clearly the park wants the parking lots free of
 potholes.  The alternative might
 be for them to pave the parking lots,
 which none of us wants.
 Thank you for your email regarding the
 recent parking lot maintenance at
 Hammonasset Beach.  The management
 of Hammonasset Beach State Park is the
 responsibility of the State Parks and
 Public Outreach Division of the DEEP,
 and the Commissioner's office has asked
 me to respond to your concern on
 behalf of the Department.
 This issue is one that has been raised
 by members of the birding community
 in past years.  We have been urged
 by folks to allow parking lot potholes
 to be left to fill with water and grow
 to provide habitat for birds.
 Unfortunately, we cannot commit to
 maintaining bird habitat in the parking
 lots at Hammonasset Beach.  We do
 need to perform routine maintenance
 (including filling potholes) in an
 attempt to assure the safety of our park
 visitors and to maintain the usefulness
 of the parking lots.
 I will reiterate our previous (and
 standing) offer to work with members of
 the birding community and our Wildlife
 Division staff to enhance habitat
 outside of the parking lots, if there
 are some specific habitat conditions
 that do not currently exist at the
 park, that we could collectively work to
 If this is something you would like to
 explore, or if you would like to
 discuss this issue further, please feel
 free to contact me at 860-424-3099
 Thank you
 Tom Tyler
 Kathy Van Der
 ​ ​
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