Date: 6/29/20 12:21 pm From: Scott Kruitbosch via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Sharing waterbirds data/checklists
I wanted to again ask that everyone please share any eBird checklists that include shorebirds, terns, herons or egrets with the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds at <ctwaterbirds...> whenever you can. We have requested this help in previous years, and please keep them coming in 2020!
There is a button on eBird to share in the upper left when viewing checklists, and if you click that and enter <ctwaterbirds...> you can easily do so with applicable checklists. Even old checklists can be sent if you have any from earlier in the year. This helps us record the staging and nesting areas for these birds - those that we do not monitor every pair in Connecticut as we do for Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers - and also helps us track volunteer hours for folks who are recording waterbird activity. Please be sure these checklists contain your time spent in the field in the reports to help track level of effort.
This is a huge help in 2020 when we have had a very difficult year for AAfCW and CT DEEP due to COVID-19. The more information, data and time from the field, the better.
Please also email any sightings such as banded or flagged Piping Plovers or plovers seen at unexpected locations to Laura Saucier (<Laura.Saucier...>) and Rebecca Foster (<rsuzf...>) of CT DEEP plus us at AAfCW ( <ctwaterbirds...>).
You should also please email <ctwaterbirds...> any significant or important information pertaining to Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns, and Common Terns beyond day to day expected sightings at typical beaches. We have a vastly reduced number of eyes out there, and we are doing the best we can this spring and summer for our birds. This is the contact point you want to use. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
If you are not an "official" monitor, we still would love your time and data, thanks!
Scott Kruitbosch AAfCW Volunteer Coordinator RTPI Manager of Connecticut Programs