Endangered birds' nesting boxes replaced
U.S. Coast Guard cadets have joined federal officials and Audubon Connecticut to provide shelter for endangered birds whose nesting boxes were destroyed by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.
The cadets recently worked with Audubon members and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials to build about 200 of the boxes for the endangered roseate terns.
Their boxes on Faulkner Island near Guilford were destroyed in the Aug. 28 storm.
The federal agency provided supplies for the new bird houses, which the cadets built with Audubon volunteers and students from Connecticut College and the New London Science and Technology Magnet School.
The roseate terns migrate to Brazil for the winter. They would have had nowhere to nest on Faulkner's Island next spring without the new boxes, which protect their eggs from predators.
Source: My Record Journal