Students and Cub Scouts Team Up to Protect Beach Nesting Birds

The North Fork Audubon Society will launch its initiative to “Protect Beach-Nesting Birds” with handmade signs made by local students and scouts.

The North Fork Audubon Society, Ms. Sara Campbell's class at the New Suffolk Common School, Ms. Sarah Maine's 5th Grade Science Students-Cutchogue East Elementary School, and Ms. Lynne Nyilas' Pack 39-Cub Scouts will be putting up signs on Wednesday, June 4th at 4 pm. Email northforkaudubon@mac.com or call Diana Van Buren at 917-623-5373 for more information.

As piping plovers and least terns begin their nesting season on North Fork beaches, local students have pitched in to help beach-goers remember that they must share the beach with endangered migratory birds by making colorful educational signs to be installed near nest sites.

This spring, local students and scouts learned about the needs of beach-nesting birds with the help of educators from Audubon New York, North Fork Audubon, their school teachers and Pack leader.

Their goal is to help beach-goers respect the boundaries around least tern and piping plover nesting areas and increase the productivity of the nests.

Some signs have been or will be installed at these beaches:

·      Breakwater Beach, Mattituck

·      Kenny's and McCabe's Beach, Mattituck

·      Haywater Beach, Cutchogue

·      South Harbor Beach, Cutchogue

·      Gull Pond Beach (Norman Klipp Park), Greenport

·      Orient Beach State Park


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