West Haven, CT
Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary and Painter Park
Over 60 acres of barrier beach, tidal creek and marsh, and mudflats at Sandy Point and adjacent Morse Beach (shown in the eastern edge of the shaded area in the graphic to right) provide excellent habitat for waterbirds. These City of West Haven-owned properties provide some of the most important beach habitats in Connecticut for piping plovers (a federally-endangered species), least tern, and common tern. The 3.5 miles of public beach extending west of Sandy Point are popular for bird-watching year-round, although access to parts of some of these beaches is seasonally-restricted to protect nesting birds. A 1.7-mile paved recreational greenway provides pedestrians, cyclists, and roller bladers with a beautiful waterfront view of Long Island Sound. The greenway features stretches of shaded trail in an oak forest ideal for hiking and wildlife viewing on warm summer days.
Watch Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Audubon Connecticut’s Director of Bird Conservation, as she leads a walk to view scenic Sandy Point.
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