Do you like birds? Do you like the beach? Join the 2017 volunteer shorebird monitoring team and contribute to meaningful conservation work.
Come spend your spring and summer days at the beach, while helping to protect federally threatened species! The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds are seeking volunteers to monitor Piping Plovers and other shorebirds from early April until late August at beaches across our state.
Please join us on Saturday, March 4, 2017 (snow date: Sunday, March 5) at the Audubon Connecticut Office at Stratford Point. The day will begin with a refresher for past volunteers from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. The training and orientation session for new volunteers will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There are some changes to the monitoring process this year and attendance by EVERYONE planning to join us for the 2017 season is important.
The sessions will review:
- The biology of the piping plover
- How to monitor breeding pairs and chicks
- Volunteer organization and logistics
- And, law enforcement information
Volunteers 16 years of age and older are welcome. No prior bird knowledge necessary. School-age children (6 – 15 years of age) may volunteer with the accompaniment of an adult volunteer.
For more information on the training session or for directions, please email the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are not required, but an email letting us know you will be attending is appreciated.
This training session is co-sponsored by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (Audubon Connecticut, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and the Connecticut Audubon Society) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.More About Volunteer Shorebird Monitoring
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 affect the nesting success of threatened shorebirds across the state.