Coasts

Photo: Semipalmated and Western Sandpiper

Sharing Our Seas and Shores

Coastal areas have unique importance for many species of birds, offering breeding sites as well as rich sources of food for migratory stopovers. Oceans also support a large number of seafaring birds that depend on healthy waters for feeding and safe islands for nesting. Unfortunately, our seas and shores are under threat.

Booming coastal development and recreational use of beaches are rapidly eroding vital habitat for birds and other wildlife. Overfishing threatens the food supply for birds—and, in the long-term, for people, too. Sea-level rise jeopardizes nesting habitat on beaches and islands at the same time that it puts coastal communities at risk. Beaches are critical nesting and migratory habitat for many species, including Piping Plovers, Common Terns, Least Terns, and American Oystercatchers.

Audubon is committed to protecting the vital habitat along America’s coasts where people and birds intersect.

Seas: Marine Important Bird Areas (IBA) in the U.S. hold great promise for stabilizing declining populations of seabirds, including Ashy Storm-Petrels, Kittlitz’s Murrelets, and Roseate Terns. Expanding the IBA program to encompass and study vital ocean and other offshore sites will provide a foundation for Audubon’s development and promotion of much-needed regulation of overfishing and other threats to ocean birds and wildlife.

Shores: Audubon’s beach stewardship program enlists local communities to steer beachgoers away from the most important nesting sites. We also empower members and friends to become a strong voice for responsible coastal management practices. By using sound science, including predictive modeling, we can begin to explore potential habitat impacts from sea-level rise. This is a vital step toward developing strategies to mitigate and offset habitat loss for coastal birds.

Audubon Connecticut’s Coastal Waterbird Stewardship Program and WildLife Guards Program are educating thousands of beachgoers about the importance of coastal habitat and what they can do to protect shore-nesting birds. Both programs support the efforts of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, an innovative partnership of Audubon Connecticut, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, the Connecticut Audubon Society, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to conserve waterbirds and their habitats. Critical to that effort is Audubon’s Long Island Sound Campaign, a multi-state effort that utilizes science and legislative policy to protect and sustain this important ecosystem.

   

Shorebird Conservation News & Information

Federal Funding Bill Includes $8 Million to Protect Long Island Sound
News

Federal Funding Bill Includes $8 Million to Protect Long Island Sound

May 9, 2017—Great news for LIS conservation efforts! This year's federal investment is over $4 million more than 2016's funding level.

Plum Island Wake-Up Call
News

Plum Island Wake-Up Call

New website and documentary explain the imminent threat to this critical habitat in Long Island Sound

How to Be Bird-friendly at the Beach
Coasts

How to Be Bird-friendly at the Beach

Make a difference and save a life by following a few simple guidelines

Hurricane Matthew May Have Decimated Piping Plover Population
News

Hurricane Matthew May Have Decimated Piping Plover Population

Listen to what Patrick Comins, Audubon Connecticut Director of Bird Conservation, has to say on NPR

WildLife Guards Program Receives $35,000 Grant
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WildLife Guards Program Receives $35,000 Grant

November 14, 2016—In an announcement made by top federal and state environmental officials, Audubon Connecticut was honored to be one of 25 grant award recipients of the Long Island Sound Futures Fund—to continue its successful WLG program.

Is the Saltmarsh Sparrow Headed for Extinction?
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Is the Saltmarsh Sparrow Headed for Extinction?

Listen to what Patrick Comins, Audubon Connecticut Director of Bird Conservation, has to say on NPR

Revitalizing Coastal Habitat at Stratford Point
Conservation

Revitalizing Coastal Habitat at Stratford Point

Discover how Audubon is working to make this special habitat location one of the best birding spots in the state

Beach Bodies Gone Wrong
Coasts

Beach Bodies Gone Wrong

Last week brought a string of Piping Plover deaths in Connecticut. Here's how to keep that from happening again.

8 Ways to Help Piping Plovers
Conservation

8 Ways to Help Piping Plovers

The protection of this threatened species starts with you

Conserving Greenwich Point Park
Important Bird Areas

Conserving Greenwich Point Park

The Greenwich Point Park Important Bird Area Conservation Plan is complete—learn what needs to be done to protect this bird habitat

How you can help, right now