Monday, July 9, 2012

Thanks to July volunteers

The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds had a very busy week on the beaches, and at a number of fireworks displays across the state. Our Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns, and Common Terns made it through everything exceptionally well, and there were only minor disturbances at best. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who came out to one of our sites for a night of fireworks, visited one of the eastern beaches to assist this weekend, or surveyed critical locations in the last week. Your extra eyes made our work that much easier and helped protect a number of birds, especially young and many still nesting, while also providing a great deal of education for what we have heard from you was a very receptive public.

From this point in the season through the end of August the beaches will see a lot of traffic. We hope to see all of you out there and that those of you new to volunteering and monitoring will sign up with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for next season. It can be a very rewarding experience to know that you helped the lives of the birds we all care for so very much while also bringing others into the world of conservation. For more information on anything pertaining to our program or instructions on how to sign up as an official USFWS volunteer please email either myself at or the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds at

Scott Kruitbosch
Coordinator of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds
Conservation Technician

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