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Connecticut closes 2 islands to protect nesting birds

May 25, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say they’re temporarily closing two offshore islands to the public to prevent disturbances to nesting birds.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said late Friday that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook are now closed through Sept. 9. The islands are closed annually during nesting season to protect various bird species.

Both islands have been designated by the state as natural area preserves because of their importance as nesting habitats for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons.

The department also asked beachgoers and boaters along the Connecticut shoreline to respect the fencing and yellow signs warning of piping plover and least tern nesting sites.

DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen says these are simple, effective ways to protect the birds.

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