Stratford students hired to work on Marsh restoration project

STRATFORD, CT – (From the City of Stratford): With a grant from the National Audubon Society, the city is hiring 12 local high school students to work at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Stratford as part of the Great Restoration Project meadows.

The goal of the project is to restore habitat, increase species diversity, and increase the diversity of future conservation professionals. Student work will be conducted between March 28 and June 11 under the direction of Audubon Connecticut. Later in the project there will be a variety of volunteer opportunities for all age groups.

“We are proud to support the Great Meadows Marsh Restoration Project by hiring high school students from Stratford High and Bunnell to gain hands-on experience of the important conservation work, learn more about the career field and perhaps- be even to cultivate their interest in becoming conservation professionals one day,” said Mayor Laura R. Hoydick. “My thanks go to the National Audubon Society and Audubon Connecticut for creating this work opportunity and to our high school administrators who helped select students for the position.”

Town of Stratford Superintendent of Conservation Kelly Kerrigan also spoke about the importance of the work ahead and the opportunity for young people.

“Great Meadows is the largest ditchless salt marsh in Connecticut and a Global Priority Important Bird Area – right here in Stratford,” Kerrigan said. “This youth stewardship program is a fantastic opportunity for our local youth to engage in this important restoration project and work with multiple partner organizations, with special thanks to our partners at Audubon Connecticut. This program will serve to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, while having a positive impact directly in our community.”

The $24,000 National Audubon Society grant to the town of Stratford came from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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