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Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center Announces Winning Shorebird Conservation Signs Created by Young Artists

Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center Announces Winning Shorebird Conservation Signs Created by Young Artists

The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is excited to announce the winners of this year’s ‘Share the Shore’ student sign initiative. This annual event, part of Audubon New York’s education and conservation efforts, encourages elementary students to learn about and protect shorebirds through the creation of colorful, informative signs.

Long Island serves as a crucial breeding site for many shorebird species, but human activities and development threaten their nesting habitats. Inspired by their desire to be active citizens, the 3rd graders at Connolly and Landing School jumped into a civic inquiry lesson to explore how they could help endangered shore birds, particularly the Piping Plover. 

The students' newfound knowledge was then channeled into the creation of vibrant signs that promote Audubon’s 'Share the Shore' message. These signs urge beach-goers to give nesting birds space, avoid littering, and comply with “no pets” or leash laws. 

These wonderful works of art will be printed on weather-resistant materials and installed on beaches to help raise awareness and protect shorebird habitats.The winning signs will be displayed this summer at Stehli Town Beach, Centre Island Beach, Sunken Meadow State Park, and West Meadow Beach ensuring these young conservationists' messages reach a wide audience.

Erica Albert, the Outreach Coordinator at the Audubon Center, awarded certificates to the students on May 28 recognizing their outstanding contributions with the “Be a Good Egg Award.”

For more information about our programs and initiatives, please visit our website.www.roosevelt.audubon.org 

Founded in 1923, the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center is dedicated to preserving the natural habitats and wildlife of Long Island. Through education and conservation efforts, we strive to inspire a lifelong commitment to nature and the environment.