By Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut environmental officials want the public to avoid contact with large concentrations of nesting birds in coastal areas.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says people should stay at least 50 yards away from the birds and avoid areas roped off or marked with signs designating nesting locations.

The agency’s Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen says shorebirds and wading birds, such as piping plovers and egrets, need special protection throughout their nesting season, which runs from April to September. She says beachgoers are urged to keep fireworks and kites away from beach areas. Also, she says pets should be leashed at all times and kept from fenced areas.

The department is concerned that nests will get destroyed or abandoned and tiny fledglings will get trampled and killed during the summer beach season.

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