Birds & Plants at the Coastal Center
The Purple Martins are back and nesting once again
We invite you to enjoy our Purple Martin cam. You’ll notice that the eggs – there are three – are in the bottom of the screen, in the center (they’ll be covered and not visible when the birds are incubating). In all, the colony at the Coastal Center has 35 active nests with 99 eggs, as of Wednesday, June 6.
The real activity starts when the eggs hatch, which should be in mid to late June!
The video is also on this page, where you can find a 3-minute video from the day in July 2017 that we banded the Coastal Center’s baby martins as well.
Milford Point’s Coastal Ranger: Finding Rare Birds while Protecting the Vulnerable Ones
Milford, May 25, 2018 – Let’s face it – in an age of self-promotion and personal branding, being the IBA Coastal Ranger at Milford Point is not the highest-profile position in the world.
Chandler Wiegand, who holds that position for the Connecticut Audubon Society this summer, was just a guy with binoculars and an 800-millimeter camera lens, walking a friendly patrol along the sandbar.
“Not many people know who I am,” he said. “Or didn’t up until I found the Wilson’s Plover.”
Chandler walks the shore at the Coastal Center weekday evenings and weekends. On Sunday, April 29, he was on the sandbar, almost directly opposite the observation platform in the dunes, scanning a flock of shorebirds. One of his main responsibilities is to protect the nests of the beach’s Piping Plovers, a threatened species. So plovers were on his mind. That day, one caught his eye.
The Milford Point Osprey Cam is back, solar-powered, high-definition, and with sound. Enjoy!
A total of 315 bird species have been seen at the Coastal Center. Ospreys nest in the marsh. Highly vulnerable species such as Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers nest on the beaches. Snowy Owls often spend the winter in the area. Thousands of shorebirds congregate in August and September.
The nearby waters of Long Island Sound and the Housatonic River are rich in oysters and clams. The dune habitat supports rare plants. A thriving population of Purple Martins occupies a colony at the edge of the marsh.
Four observation platforms are available to wildlife viewing, as are the beaches. We also have a newly-established pollinator garden. We ask visitors to keep a respectful distance from all wildlife.
We’ll activate our Purple Martin Cam in May or June.