Coasts

Protect Shore-Nesting Birds

Together, we can #ShareTheShore to help birds nest and raise their young successfully.
Least Terns. Photo: Ethan Slattery/Audubon Photography Awards
Least Terns. Photo: Ethan Slattery/Audubon Photography Awards
Coasts

Protect Shore-Nesting Birds

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

In spring and summer, our Connecticut beaches and islands become a nursery for federally and state-protected birds like the Piping Plover, Least Tern, and American Oystercatcher.

These birds rely on us to “Share the Shore,” because our beach season is their nesting season. Every MayAugust, they hatch chicks that weigh less than a single scoop of ice cream!

Step One: Take the Be a Good Egg Pledge

Our birds need your help to survive!

Tiny chicks face big obstacles, and one of the biggest is a lack of awareness about how to #ShareTheShore.

People may not know, for instance, that walking too close to nesting sites (which are usually sectioned off with string fencing) can cause adults to abandon their nests. Or that even small, well-trained dogs can crush fragile eggs or scare off parents.

Piping Plover chicks will leave the nest to forage within a few hours of hatching, but can’t fly for a few weeks, so it is ESSENTIAL that we follow “no pet” rules at beaches with nesting birds, dispose of fishing line, avoid feeding the wildlife, and keep beaches trash-free. Remember, once chicks hatch they do not necessarily stay within the boundaries of the string fencing—so keep an eye out for these little guys around the wrack line!

Step Two: Volunteer in-person to monitor and survey nesting birds. Or, speak up on social!

Together, we can help birds nest and raise their young successfully. Learn more and get involved with our programs below.

Step Three: Sign up to stay updated.

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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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.

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How to "Be a Good Egg" at the Beach
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How to "Be a Good Egg" at the Beach

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

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Audubon Launches State's First American Oystercatcher Banding Program
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Audubon Launches State's First American Oystercatcher Banding Program

Sharp-eyed bird watchers in Connecticut may notice something new about our state’s treasured American Oystercatchers

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WildLife Guards
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WildLife Guards

An innovative program that engages and employs high school students in Bridgeport and West Haven to serve as community and conservation leaders.

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How you can help, right now