West Haven environmentalists push to cleanup Sandy Point Beach

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Sandy Point Beach in West Haven is a magnet for bird watching in the state. It’s a place where people can catch a glimpse of a variety of birds. But environmentalists say the bird nesting season is threatened by pollution from plastic bottles to plastic bags.

Paul Fusco is a media specialist for DEEP’s Wildlife Division Outreach Program.

“A lot of this plastic pollution could be detrimental to those birds when they nest on the beach,” said Fusco.

“There’s a lot of filth that floats in and out with the tides a lot of it’s blown off the land into the water and accumulates in the marshes and wetlands,” said bird watcher, Tom Baptist.

There is a push by the West Haven Watershed Restoration Committee to clean up the shoreline.

“The types of things that will be picked up include a lot of plastic products which float, accumulating on the tide line in the marshes and these products biodegrade into substances that could be harmful to wildlife,” said Baptist.

Sandy Point Beach is one of the most critical piping plover nesting sites in the state.

“The piping plovers show up in April to start their nesting. They will nest in the sand, Lessers show up a month later during May and they also nest in the sand so this is the best time to be doing cleanup before bird start their nesting season,” said Fusco.

Birders say it is the start of migration season and the debris needs to be cleaned up.

“They need to have clean sand and areas where they can nest and move around, but a lot of times birds may get tangled up in things like fishing line that gets discarded on the beach,” said Fusco.

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