Coasts

Sharing Our Seas and Shores

Coastal areas have a 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.

For questions about Audubon Connecticut's coastal conservation work, contact Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe, Bird Conservation Programs Manager, by email.

   

Shorebird Conservation News & Information

2019 Shorebird Numbers Reflect a Safer Shoreline
Coasts

Successful 2019 Nesting Season for Threatened Shorebirds

— Season recap reveals new details about where American Oystercatchers migrate, and historically low numbers for Least Terns.
Coastal Resilience and the Future of Connecticut's Coast
Advocacy

Coastal Resilience and the Future of Connecticut's Coast

Our coasts are changing, but we can help keep them resilient to benefit birds and people.

American Oystercatcher Nest Survives Washout, and Other Firsts
Coasts

American Oystercatcher Nest Survives Washout, and Other Firsts

Audubon Connecticut’s 2019 coastal field season saw many successes for this iconic shorebird species.

Connecticut's First Living Shoreline is Thriving
Coasts

Connecticut's First Living Shoreline is Thriving

Audubon Connecticut and partners are working to improve resiliency of the coast.

New Insights into Connecticut's American Oystercatcher Population
Coasts

New Insights into Connecticut's American Oystercatcher Population

In just one year, a new banding program has already increased our understanding of the behavior and movements of Connecticut’s American Oystercatcher breeding population.

Spotted in the Bahamas: Pink Flag 2E
Coasts

Spotted in the Bahamas: Pink Flag 2E

While just over 60 pairs of Piping Plovers nest in Connecticut, one keeps making herself known.

Coastal Waterbird Stewardship Program
Coasts

Coastal Waterbird Stewardship Program

When partners work together, we can do great things. Learn how we are making a difference for coastal warterbirds.

Eagle Scouts Dig-in to Habitat Restoration in West Haven
Conservation

Eagle Scouts Dig-in to Habitat Restoration in West Haven

Through teamwork and dedication, two brothers made a difference for birds, other wildlife, and the community at the Sandy Point Beach & Bird Sanctuary

Local Generosity Advances Conservation at Stratford Point
Conservation

Local Generosity Advances Conservation at Stratford Point

Thank you Two Roads Brewing Company and the Town of Stratford for your amazing generosity and shared dedication to nature!

Congress Approves Critical Water Projects: Natural Infrastructure and Everglades
Advocacy

Congress Approves Critical Water Projects: Natural Infrastructure and Everglades

Bill Provides Important Wins for Birds, People and Ecosystems Nationwide. “More cement isn’t the answer.”

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