Coasts

Protecting Connecticut's coasts for birds and people

American Oystercatcher. Photo: Walker Golder/Audubon

Connecticut’s coastlines and associated marshes, islands, and beaches are being squeezed by rising sea levels and human development. The ecosystem is critical to protecting birds and people, and we need your help to keep it healthy.

COVID-19 Update from the Coast: Plovers and other vulnerable shorebirds have always practiced social distancing – from people and pets, that is. Unfortunately, our beaches are currently seeing increased foot traffic and off-leash animals. Due to current restrictions, stewardship and monitoring activities are slowed, limited, or on hold (depending on the site), so birds may nest in areas that haven’t been posted or fenced by staff and volunteers. We need your help to spread the #ShareTheShore message!

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE FROM SAND TO SKY

More than 23 million people live within a 50-mile radius of Long Island Sound, making this landscape one of the most densely populated regions in the United States. It’s also a critically important area for vulnerable birds like the Piping Plover, Roseate Tern, American Oystercatcher, and Saltmarsh Sparrow.

To help at-risk species, our conservation staff, volunteers, and partners are protecting and restoring the places birds need to safely rest during migration and raise their young.

In doing so, we can also help communities prepare for and feel less of an impact from extreme coastal events.

Connecticut's Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds
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Volunteer to Save Birds

Train to become a volunteer beach steward! You'll help monitor nesting coastal birds and educate the public.

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Protect Shore-Nesting Birds
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Protect Shore-Nesting Birds

Together, we can #ShareTheShore to help birds nest and raise their young successfully.

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Building a Stronger, Resilient Coast
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Building a Stronger, Resilient Coast

Rising sea levels, stronger storms, and human development are squeezing salt marsh and beach habitats.

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Birds That Depend on Our Coast

News from the Coast

Stratford Point Receives 'Best Restored Shore Award'
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Stratford Point Receives 'Best Restored Shore Award'

Saltmarsh, seaside, and Nelson’s sparrows have been spotted in the re-established salt marsh habitat.

Salt Marsh Projects in Connecticut Aim to Create More Resilient Coastline
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Salt Marsh Projects in Connecticut Aim to Create More Resilient Coastline

These work sites are essential to protecting birds and people from increased flooding and more frequent storms.

A Blueprint for a Healthier Coast in New York and Connecticut
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A Blueprint for a Healthier Coast in New York and Connecticut

Audubon’s new conservation strategy will create a resilient future for the Long Island Sound area.

How to Practice Safe, Ethical Shorebird Photography
Nature Notes

How to Practice Safe, Ethical Shorebird Photography

Every photographer longs for that "perfect shot," but at what risk? Here are some best-practices to avoid endangering vulnerable birds.

Proposed Mines in The Bahamas Threaten Winter Home of Migratory Shorebirds
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Proposed Mines in The Bahamas Threaten Winter Home of Migratory Shorebirds

Joulter Cays National Park supports birds like Piping Plovers and Red Knots, as well as fishing and ecotourism.

Mid-Season Update: Shorebird Nesting in a Changing World
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Mid-Season Update: Shorebird Nesting in a Changing World

Increased spring foot traffic and off-leash pets have so far made 2020 a problematic year for threatened Connecticut birds.

Saving Red Knots One Crab at a Time
Advocacy

Saving Red Knots One Crab at a Time

Learn what you can do to help shorebirds and the food they rely on.

Dogs on Beaches: Know Before You Go
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Dogs on Beaches: Know Before You Go

To keep our beaches safe for shorebirds, we ask dog-walkers to visit alternative recreational spaces during the nesting season. Read on to find a dog park near you!

A Colorful Way to Help Keep Shorebirds Safe
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A Colorful Way to Help Keep Shorebirds Safe

Calling all young bird lovers in Connecticut! We need your creativity to help beach-nesting birds.

Shorebird Nesting in a Changing World
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Shorebird Nesting in a Changing World

With the unfortunate emergence of COVID-19 during nesting season, Connecticut and other states have inadvertently put local wildlife populations at risk.

How you can help, right now