Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Milford Point closed for July 4th Holiday to protect nesting birds

Hi all,

This year, we have more than 700 Least Terns attempting to nest on the main sandbar at Milford Point. We also have a record number of American Oystercatcher chicks, 3, and 8 pairs of Piping Plovers. The plovers are currently trying to fledge now over 17 chicks.

As usual, to minimize disturbance to these nesting birds during the July 4th holiday, the building, parking lot and grounds of the Connecticut Audubon Society's Coastal Center at Milford Point will be closed to vehicular and foot traffic from Wednesday, July 3, at 4:30 PM until dawn on Friday, July 5th. The gate will be locked during this time.

To help us maintain good relations with our neighbors, we ask that people do not park on the street and try and walk in.

The grounds and lot are closed every July 4th. A Milford Police officer will be on duty patrolling the beaches each evening to protect the nesting birds.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The Coastal Center Staff

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