[Note this date is a Friday.] Our Bird Club has visited Craney Island many times over the years and the birds are always phenomenal. What has changed is access and security. We’ll visit on Friday because we must be escorted by staff from the US Army Corps of Engineers, who do not work on Saturday.
Meet the group by 7 am at Colony Square Shopping Center for a prompt departure at 7 am. Carpooling is a must for this trip – we should not have more than 10 cars. If you don’t want to carpool on the drive down, you may be asked to carpool as we drive around Craney. Our tour is scheduled to start at 8:00 am and end by noon. Bill Williams and David Youker, who regularly bird Craney for the Corps of Engineers as part of the CVWO survey team, will be our leaders.
Participation is limited to 30 people and Bird Club members get first preference. Please let Shirley Devan know in advance if you want to go on this trip. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. She will keep a list and a wait list if necessary.
Here is some info from the Corps of Engineers about our morning at Craney:
• WHAT TO BRING: Bug spray, sunscreen, water, snacks, spotting scopes if you have one, cameras, and binoculars of course. Long sleeves and long pants plus a hat will be helpful. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes.
RESTROOMS: A rest room will be available to use at the start and end of the visit.
PARKING: Parking will be available on Craney Island for any “non-carpool” cars once the group is granted entrance by the visit lead(s). Craney Island is a secure government site and its Project Office is located on a residential street. When you arrive, please do not block the gated entranceway, residents’ driveways, or park in the grassy areas.
ENTRY TO CRANEY: It is important to know that early arrival will not permit early entry. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to your visit start time. If your group could have more than 10 cars, please consider selecting a location nearby to meet and then travel to Craney as a group. This will ensure prompt arrival to your visit, easy entry and parking, and minimal interruption to the street traffic and residents.
PAPERWORK: Liability waivers will be available to sign at the start of the visit. Unfortunately, these forms cannot be provided in advance. The visit lead(s) must have everyone sign the forms in front of them at the time of the visit.