While the beach is a hot-spot for people to gather, play, and lounge, it is also the habitat where small, vulnerable, shorebirds breed, nest, and fledge. This past holiday weekend, Audubon New York staff members and volunteers had a busy weekend enlisting pledges to Be a Good Egg. The Be a Good Egg Program encourages everyone who goes to the beach to #ShareTheShore with these birds by enjoying themselves in an unobtrusive and careful manner.
On July 2, 2016, 441 people signed the pledge at Lido Beach and the following day, 514 people signed the pledge at Jones Beach Field 2. Group for the East End also hosted their first Good Egg day at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck and got 40 pledges. We are thrilled to already have secured over 1,000 Good Eggs to date, making our way towards our 2016 goal of 2,500. The more people that become aware of these oftentimes hard-to-spot birds on the beach, the better we are able to protect them so that they can thrive.
We’re grateful to our partners at New York City Audubon Society and New Jersey Audubon Society, as well as our supporters at PSEG Long Island and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for helping to make this important work possible.