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2014 Report on Bird Monitoring on State Beach

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach Bird Monitoring
2014 Field Summary

2014 Field Summary
Felix Neck staff monitored nesting piping plovers, terns, and American oystercatchers on Joseph Sylvia State Beach from March through August 2014. Monitors erected and maintained protective fencing and informational signs during the season. Informal education was provided to beachgoers, as was formal educational programs, including guided beach walks for the public and a weekly family program Saturdays at Sengekontacket (sponsored by Friends of Sengekontacket). More than 75 people participated in these formal education programs. Reproductive success for piping plovers was low, no terns nested this season, but American oystercatchers did successfully reproduce at this site. Nests were lost due to suspected predation from skunks or crows. Dogs and/or their tracks were seen on every site visit. Vehicles are allowed on the pond side beach if the vehicle owner has a shellfish-ing permit and are actively shellfishing, however, vehicles often appeared to be driving or parked on the beach for recreation, rather than shellfishing.

Bird Abundance and Productivity

Number pairs
Number fledged
Piping Plover
Least Tern
American Oystercatcher

For more information please contact Coastal Waterbird Program at Felix Neck: 

The County of Dukes County PO Box 190, Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: 508.696.3840    Fax: 508.696.3841
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