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Dock rebuild scheduled for Connecticut’s Falkner Island

At Connecticut’s Falkner Island, an important nesting area for endangered Roseate terns and other species, a dock will be rebuilt after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy to restore access to visitors and refuge staff. (Credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS)March 24, 2014 - Work will begin this spring to rebuild a dock at Connecticut’s Falkner Island that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The dock, used by preservation partners and the visiting public for open houses, will be rebuilt by New Jersey-based Puente Construction. Falkner Island, a unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, is home to Connecticut’s second-oldest lighthouse and has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The island is home to over 200 species of birds, including 40 pairs of nesting federally endangered roseate terns and over 2,000 nesting pairs of common terns. It also serves as important habitat for seals, bats and fish species. 

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PHOTO: At Connecticut’s Falkner Island, an important nesting area for endangered Roseate terns and other species, a dock will be rebuilt after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy to restore access to visitors and refuge staff.
Credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS


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Last updated: June 27, 2014