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Piping Plover Record Setting Success

Posted on Jan 21, 2015

It is our tremendous pleasure to announce that in 2014 we helped the Connecticut population of Piping Plovers set an all-time record for the number of successfully fledged chicks at 116! Born from 51 pairs across Connecticut these young birds shattered the old state record of 101 fledged young in 2008. This is an astonishing success due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers across Connecticut and multiple partners including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), and the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW), comprised of Audubon Connecticut and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. We can also thank other partners including The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Bridgeport WildLife Guards.

Piping Plover hatchling record

Piping Plover hatchling

Assistance from municipalities along the shoreline and via private landowners also contributed to the cause. Please share this accomplishment so that we can continue to spread the word on our waterbirds, retain volunteers and gain new stewards, and ensure funding for this critical conservation, education and outreach program. Only with your help both on the beaches and behind the scenes can we strive to make 2015 another banner year for the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds. Thank you again to all of our excellent volunteers because none of this could happen without you! Please email ctwaterbirds@gmail.com to sign up as a volunteer or visit this page to make a donation for AAfCW.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator
AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator