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Hurricane Sandy

Refuge staff and crews working to repair damage on Outer Island. Credit: Tylar Greene/USFWS

Beginning repairs on the Connecticut coast

Heavy rains and wind impacted the Outer Island Unit at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Connecticut. The sea wall, trails and the environmental education lab were damaged. Refuge staff and crews are working to clear debris, repair trails, stabilize structures and restore foundation that eroded during the storm. Damage was also inflicted on many other refuge units. Habitat that is vital to migratory birds such as herons,egrets, common terns and the endangered roseate tern was severely impacted at Falkner Island (Guilford), Chimon Island (Norwalk) and Calf Island (Greenwich). Also, visitor use facilities such as trails, wayside exhibit panels and observation platforms were heavily damaged at the Great Meadows (Stratford)  and at Sheffield Island (Norwalk).

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