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Environmental Success at Long Beach - Patrick Comins

Saving habitat for birds!
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We're on Long Beach West on Long Island Sound, with Patrick Comins. Thousands of migratory shorebirds - including Dunlin like these - stop over here on their long migratory journeys. But this ecological gem could have been lost. Good news! Today it's part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, which is now an Important Bird Area.

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Environmental Success for Birds and People
At Long Beach, CT

An Interview with Patrick Comins, by Chris Peterson

This is BirdNote!     
[Long Island Sound waves] G14 T1 
We’re on a barrier beach called Long Beach, on Long Island Sound, with Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Connecticut –
(G15T3 1:08) …this area is one of the most important areas for birds in Connecticut… (G15T3 1:34)   [Introduce Dunlin]..Thousands of migratory shorebirds stop over here each year on their long migratory journeys…. G15T11 :50 ...sometimes from as far away as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Tierra del Fuego – whether they’re beach-foraging shorebirds like Sanderlings or Red Knots or Dunlins, or whether they’re marsh-foraging shorebirds like Whimbrels – there’s some habitat for them here. ...  [Call of Whimbrel]

But this ecological gem could have been lost.  For one thing, the marsh adjacent to Long Beach was once slated to become a deep-water port. Environmental organizations negotiated its sale and today its part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.  On the beach, summer cottages had sprung up, and over time, fell into ruin. Today, Long Beach is being restored to its natural state.
G15T3 The story here … is of… really, it’s of environmental successes….G15T6….’cuz after those cottages come down, there will be restored public access to this wonderful barrier beach. ….it’s just a spectacular area …


G15T7   ….– birds and humans are not entirely incompatible – and as long as the access is well managed and people are respectful of the birds, we think things will be better for both the birds and for the people here.

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[Waves and Dunlin]
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Flock of Dunlin and Whimbrel W.W. H. Gunn; 
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2010 Tune In to       December 2010        Narrator: Mary McCann

ID# SotB-cominsp-01-2010-12-10

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