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Long Beach West Documentary

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Uploaded on Mar 23, 2011

In this episode of Expedition New England Scott tells the amazing story of how Long Beach West in Stratford, Connecticut has gone from a decaying ghost town of abandoned cottages to a fully functioning barrier beach system. Thanks to the keen eye of Wendy Green of the US Fish and Wildlife Service we get a glimpse into the world of the federally protected Piping Plover, a shorebird that most might never know existed in New England. Scott also introduces you to the major players who are leading the effort to protect Long Beach West: Sandy Breslin and Patrick Comins of Audubon Connecticut, Lisa Bassani of the Trust for Public Lands and Tony Leger, the Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Additionally, Scott introduces you to guests like the City of Stratford's Conservation Administrator Brian Carey and Land-Tech Consultants Inc.'s Amanda Saul to give a broad perspective of the expansive effort required to protect and restore this treasured barrier beach. Finally, with the help of Connecticut Naturalist and Marine Life Educator Steve Brown we are given the privilege of a guided tour of Napatree Point in Rhode Island which is "the essence of what a barrier beach system can be" and what Long Beach West can become.

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