Date: 7/26/17 9:06 am
From: Thomas Burgess via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Shorebird Puddles
I agree with you, Kathy. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a partnership with the park staff. I volunteer for any effort we undertake to make Hammonasset more bird friendly.

Tom Burgess, Wilton, 203-451-2516
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On Wed, 7/26/17, Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote:

Subject: [CT Birds] Shorebird Puddles
To: "List CT Birds" <ctbirds...>, "Patrick Comins" <PComins...>
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:57 AM

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


Thank you


Tom Tyler
​"



Kathy Van Der
​ ​
Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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