Date: 7/26/17 4:59 am From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Shorebird Puddles
I have received a copy of the official response to Mark Szantyr from Tom Tyler of the Parks division, via Susan Whalen (see below). I suggest that we take them up on the offer to work with us to create "pothole" habitat in the park in places that are not used for parking. Does anyone know about how to create artificial shorebird habitat which would mimic the areas in the existing parking lots? Clearly the park wants the parking lots free of potholes. The alternative might be for them to pave the parking lots, which none of us wants.
" Thank you for your email regarding the recent parking lot maintenance at Hammonasset Beach. The management of Hammonasset Beach State Park is the responsibility of the State Parks and Public Outreach Division of the DEEP, and the Commissioner's office has asked me to respond to your concern on behalf of the Department.
This issue is one that has been raised by members of the birding community in past years. We have been urged by folks to allow parking lot potholes to be left to fill with water and grow to provide habitat for birds. Unfortunately, we cannot commit to maintaining bird habitat in the parking lots at Hammonasset Beach. We do need to perform routine maintenance (including filling potholes) in an attempt to assure the safety of our park visitors and to maintain the usefulness of the parking lots.
I will reiterate our previous (and standing) offer to work with members of the birding community and our Wildlife Division staff to enhance habitat outside of the parking lots, if there are some specific habitat conditions that do not currently exist at the park, that we could collectively work to create.
If this is something you would like to explore, or if you would like to discuss this issue further, please feel free to contact me at 860-424-3099