Meet the Sandy Point WLGs!
For the past four years the WLG program was only exclusive to Long Beach in Stratford and Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport Connecticut. Now on the program's fifth year we have stationed four new Guards at Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary in West Haven CT. All first time West Haven Guards hale from West Haven High School and hold an interest in protecting and educating the public about the threatened and endangered birds found at Sandy Point.
Hello, My name is Marquesia Lowery, a first year Audubon Wildlife Guard at West Haven’s Sandy Point Beach. I’m from West Haven High School, and i will be going to the 12th grade this fall. After graduating high school I would like to go to college to become a veterinarian because I am very interested in animals. I joined this program because I was very interested with the wildlife and by taking a few hours of everyday to look after the birds and take care of the environment can save lives and improve the community.
Fun Fact: I play volleyball in 10th grade and I love animals.
Hello my name is Victor Sieh, I’m a first year Audubon Wildlife Guard at West Haven’s Sandy Point Beach. I just graduated from West Haven High School, and will be attending Gateway Community College this fall. My future interests is to be a soccer player as I’ll be majoring in Civil Engineering. I joined this program because I love animals and want to understand the different types of animals names and calls. I found this job fun for me because the animals are really friendly. I’ll like to have a dog, birds, fish in the future as pet because this animals are my favorite animals. Fun Fact: I play soccer in the High School and will continue in College.
Hello my name is Jonah Basilicato, a first year Audubon Wildlife Guard at West Haven’s Sandy Point Beach. I attend West haven High School, and I will be going into the 11th grade this upcoming school year. After high school I would like to go to college to become either an Astronomer or a Marine Biologist. I joined this program because I find wildlife interesting. Ever since I was little, I would always be looking up at the sky or with my head down in the dirt. I enjoy this job because I learn more about the birds and the wildlife around me.
Fun Fact: I’ve been playing soccer since I was 6 years old.
Hello, I’m Mike Gerbase, a first year Audubon Wildlife Guard at West Haven’s Sandy Point Beach. I just graduated from West Haven High School, and will be attending the University of Bridgeport this fall. My future interests are with Police or Private Security work as I’ll be majoring in Computer Sciences and Criminal Justice. I joined this program because it interested me as I find wildlife very intriguing and the program as a whole sounded like an amazing time.
Fun Fact: I played lacrosse in the High School and will continue in College.
What is Sandy Point?
Sandy Point is actually made up of two sand spits that extend into New Haven Harbor and has been labeled an Important Bird Area. Morse Point, the spit adjacent to Long Island Sound provides habitat for nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, and occasionally Common Terns and Black Skimmers. The mudflats between the two spits are
exposed at low tide and provide foraging opportunities to different types of shorebirds, Herons and Egrets. As well as being a Sanctuary for birds, Sandy Point is one of three Horseshoe Crab sanctuaries in the state of CT. So if you see one of these ancient arthropods having a hard time getting back into the water give them a helping hand! They’ll appreciate it!
Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Gardens!
Sandy Point is not only overflowing with birds but also Dragonflies zipping up and down Old Field Creek and Butterflies which can be spotted sipping nectar in the newly up dated Butterfly Garden located in the parking lot. You might have a chance at spotting a Monarch Butterfly, which has seen a decline in population in the last decade due to climate change and habitat loss, about an 80% decrease!