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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates National Trails Day in Sheffield Island, CT
Northeast Region, June 1, 2013
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The Long Island Sound Study, US Fish & Wildlife Service McKinney Refuge and US Fish & Wildlife Service Southern New England NY Bight Coastal Program partnered to host a volunteer day on Sheffield Island for National Trail Day
The Long Island Sound Study, US Fish & Wildlife Service McKinney Refuge and US Fish & Wildlife Service Southern New England NY Bight Coastal Program partnered to host a volunteer day on Sheffield Island for National Trail Day - Photo Credit: Georgia Basso
Young adults enthusiastically remove perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) from the fringes of the Island
Young adults enthusiastically remove perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) from the fringes of the Island - Photo Credit: Georgia Basso
Volunteers widen the nature trail leading to important bird watching area
Volunteers widen the nature trail leading to important bird watching area - Photo Credit: Georgia Basso
A group works together to move shells and layer them on the nature trail
A group works together to move shells and layer them on the nature trail - Photo Credit: Georgia Basso
Kris Vagos, wildlife biologist with the McKinney Refuge, hands out tools
Kris Vagos, wildlife biologist with the McKinney Refuge, hands out tools - Photo Credit: Georgia Basso
USFWS Refuge and Coastal program biologists Kris Vagos, Shaun Roche & Georgia Basso, along with interns and volunteers, gather for a workday group shot
USFWS Refuge and Coastal program biologists Kris Vagos, Shaun Roche & Georgia Basso, along with interns and volunteers, gather for a workday group shot - Photo Credit: Georgia Basso

Working across Service programs, the Southern New England NY Bight Coastal Program and Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, along with the Long Island Sound Study, partnered to celebrate National Trails Day on June 1 by hosting a volunteer event on Sheffield Island. The day was part of CT Forest & Parks Trail Day Weekend, the largest National Trail Day celebration in the nation, with over 250 events throughout the State.

Sheffield Island, an area of exceptional ecological value, is a part of the Service's National Wildlife Refuge System and a Long Island Sound Stewardship Site. Sheffield offers critical nesting and migratory stopover habitat for waterbirds. Over the years, invasive species and poor human use of the island have compromised its habitat. Biologists from the Service’s Coastal Program and Refuge worked together to use the day to improve habitat and raise local awareness of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s mission to work with others to conserve wildlife & habitat for the continuing benefit of the American people. The day’s events included invasive species removal, a lighthouse and Island tour and trail work to facilitate better visitor experience.
For more information regarding the importance of Sheffield Island, visit the Stewart B. McKinney Refuge website http://www.fws.gov/refuge/stewart_b_mckinney/ or the Long Island Sound Study Stewardship Site http://longislandsoundstudy.net/2012/08/norwalk-islands/ (Accessed June 2013).


Contact Info: Jeannine Dube, 603-223-2541, jeannine_dube@fws.gov



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