Wildlife and people win at CT’s Long Beach West

Piping plover. Credit: William Majoros.

Where are we today?

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A fire burned down the bridge connecting Long Beach West to the mainland in 1996. Shortly after, people abandoned the buildings and vandalism set in.

People had pretty much deserted the once bustling summer community, but the remnants of development on one of Connecticut’s longest stretches of barrier beach prevented it from being ideal for its other residents—wildlife, particularly migratory birds like the federally threatened piping plover.

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Thirteen years after the destructive fire took the bridge to Long Beach West, the story takes a happy turn. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to work with many partners to restore the island. …Read the rest of the story!

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