Milford Point (part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge) and Wheeler Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
The 23-acre Milford Point unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and CTDEEP’s adjacent 550-acre Wheeler Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offer some of the finest wildlife viewing opportunities in Connecticut. The diversity of the Stewardship Area’s habitats, including intertidal mudflats, coastal barrier beach, sandflats, and marshes, are a haven for year-round and migratory wildlife. Restricted areas of the beach provide nesting habitat for rare birds such as piping plover, least tern, and American oystercatcher, while the Coastal Center at Milford Point provides access to the area and educational programs. Annually supporting between 10,000-20,000 migrating shorebirds, including the semipalmated sandpiper, sanderling, and dunlin, the site offers extraordinary opportunities for wildlife viewing from land or non-motorized boat. The populations of some shorebirds, including semipalmated sandpiper, make it an Important Bird Area of global significance.
Shaun Roche of the US Fish and Wildlife Service discusses the undeveloped coastline at Milford Point in Milford, CT and discusses the importance of this protected habitat.
Jennifer Mattei, a biology professor at Sacred Heart University, discusses horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound and the Project Limulus program she founded, at the Milford Point Stewardship Area.
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