Monday, February 20, 2012

Conservation notes this week

Here are several points on some notable Connecticut Audubon Society conservation events and news items that I felt were worth reiterating:

  • It feels like it has been a while so don't forget there is a public bird walk at Stratford Point tomorrow, February 21, from 11am to 1pm. I will post the results later in the day.
  • Please help threatened beach nesting birds in Connecticut by becoming a Piping Plover monitor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Let's make this a record year in terms of monitors and stewards as well as fledged Piping Plover, Least Tern, American Oystercatcher, and other coastal waterbirds.
  • There will likely soon be a controlled burn of the coastal grasslands at Stratford Point that are filled with high amounts of fuel and sorely in need of this safe and effective management practice. You can find more information on that when it was first mentioned by Twan here over a year and a half ago. Suffice it to say, an unbelievable amount of planning goes into a process that should take less than a couple of hours to complete. Stay tuned.
  • Speaking of Twan, he helped complete some great work in Panama recently and has a tremendous amount of stories, photos, and information to pass on to everyone here. Watch for that post and do not miss it!
  • I received an enormous amount of feedback on this post concerning dogs and birds, likely more than anything else I have written in the conservation blog. I hope everyone passes it along to whomever they feel would benefit from reading it, whether it be a hardcore birder who hates dealing with dogs or a dog lover who doesn't understand what the big fuss is about. I was thrilled to see that so many birders and conservationists did love dogs as much as me. I encouraged them all to use their own personal stories when confronted with difficult or awkward situations, and I hope everyone does the same.
  • Lastly, do not forget to pick up a copy of Connecticut State of the Birds 2012 by becoming a member today. You can read more on it and view a PDF version via a link in this post.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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