Boaters warned of nesting shorebird rules

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking for the public’s help in protecting birds that nest in coastal areas, especially during the busy summer beach season.

Once disturbed, nesting shorebirds and wading birds (particularly piping plovers, least terns, herons, and egrets) might 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.

“Shorebirds and wading birds need special protection throughout their April to September nesting season,” DEEP commissioner Susan Frechette said.

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