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

Share the Love, #ShareTheShore
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Share the Love, #ShareTheShore

It's more than just a hashtag. Use this digital toolkit to make waves for vulnerable birds.

Sharing the Waterways: A Guide to Boating with Birds
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Sharing the Waterways: A Guide to Boating with Birds

Connecticut’s offshore islands provide critical nesting habitat for an array of birds. Here's how to avoid disturbing them.

String Fencing Volunteers Make Beaches Safer for Nesting Birds
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String Fencing Volunteers Make Beaches Safer for Nesting Birds

UPDATE: Volunteer dates are cancelled due to COVID-19.

Audubon Needs You! For Shorebird Monitoring 2020
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Audubon Needs You! For Shorebird Monitoring 2020

Nearly 100 volunteers helped make 2019 a record-breaking year for shorebird conservation. The Audubon Alliance invites new and returning volunteers to make a big impact in 2020.

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.

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.

This Oystercatcher Couple Proves There’s No Wrong Way to Love
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This Oystercatcher Couple Proves There’s No Wrong Way to Love

Banding has enabled us to track the seasonal love affair of this bird couple by observing their movements across the years.

Watch: Coastal Resilience Webinar
Nature Notes

Watch: Coastal Resilience Webinar

Sea level rise, salt marsh restoration, and more—hear about the challenges we face and the work Audubon is doing to make our coasts more resilient for birds and people.

2019 Shorebird Numbers Reflect a Safer Shoreline
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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
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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.

How you can help, right now