05 July 2012

• Charles Island…and Other Bird Sanctuaries



”Whether they are on nests or in feeding areas, nesting shorebirds and wading birds (particularly piping plovers, least terns, herons, and egrets) are especially vulnerable to disturbance from kites, fireworks, and unattended cats and dogs.

”Once disturbed, these birds may abandon nesting areas, leaving eggs and hatchlings to die from exposure or predation. In addition, beachcombers, sunbathers, and boaters can inadvertently trample piping plover and least tern eggs and young if they are not vigilant.

”To avoid this, the DEEP has erected fencing and yellow warning signs along beaches where these birds build their shallow sand nests. Similarly, the DEEP has cordoned off various off-shore islands where herons and egrets congregate in nesting areas called rookeries.”

Madison-CT.patch.com


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