Date: 4/4/18 6:30 am From: Kathy Van Der Aue via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Early Access at Hammonasset Continues This Year
DEEP to Allow Early Access for Birders
DEEP Director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Tom Tyler is pleased to announce expansion of the dates for the program to allow birders and photographers early access at Hammonasset Beach State Park, beginning on Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day (increased from last year’s Labor Day closing due to budget cuts).
Such early access will be permitted to birders in possession of a current (2018) Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp and bird watching gear. The Duck Stamps cost $17.00 and can be obtained at most Town Clerks’ offices and at many retail outlets. The following link has information on the Duck Stamp and a link to outlets for purchase. You may purchase the Duck Stamp on line without signing up for a hunting license by selecting “other” on the “Product Selection” page (the third field).
The gate is manned 24/7 during the summer. Permits are available from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Due to the fact that beachgoers begin lining up for 8:00 a.m. entry by 6:30 a.m., no entry will be allowed between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. You may leave the park, but not enter.
You must sign in and get a pass each time when entering the park. Each person in the car must possess a Duck Stamp with the exception of children under 16 years of age. You would arrive at the main gate, show your Duck Stamp and bird watching gear, enter the office to sign the log, and receive a pass. You would already need to have purchased a duck stamp (available on-line), as DEEP does not have the capability to sell them anywhere in the park. There is no charge for the permit. This permit is to be displayed on the dashboard of the car.
*Access is limited! *To avoid disturbing campers, access will be limited to the following areas (per Tom Tyler):
Birders will be allowed to stop for bird viewing and photography from the East Beach parking lot, and further east to Meigs Point. For birders accessing East Beach parking area, and also birding along the road from East Beach to Meigs, we will ask that folks remain in the near vicinity of their cars. As previously discussed, we will also authorize birding activities in the general Meigs Point, Willard Island area.