The following was taken from the 2008-09 Annual Habitat Work Plan, Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. For an explanation of the larger context for the following management actions, click on this link to the national Strategic Habitat Conservation/Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
2008 Management Actions
At all of the beaches that successfully fledged at least one chick, the fledging rate exceeded 50%. Trustom Pond had the highest chick survival rate at 88%, followed by Quonochontaug at 79%, and East Beach in Watch Hill at 69%. No chicks were fledged on Block Island in 2008.
Monitoring and Surveys – Resources of ConcernMigrant Landbirds on Block Island:
With the support of two dedicated volunteers on Block Island, we were able to document fall migrating landbirds on the Kurz property. Scott Comings and Corrie Heinz contributed in excess of 59 hours each, volunteering on 13 days. This included two days in the spring (May 11 and 24) and 11 days in the fall between Sept. 20 and Nov. 1 2009. A total of 968 birds were banded of 59 different species. A summary of the 99 species banded over the past five years consistently documents the most common species on the island during migration are myrtle warbler. (Table 10).