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How did birds and their habitat fare in the wake of Superstorm Sandy? Patrick Comins of Audubon Connecticut, says: "It was extremely powerful. There was significant erosion and over-washing of dunes and beaches. I've had the chance to visit a few of the important nesting areas for Piping Plovers, and the damage is significant. And whether that's going to be good for the birds or bad is not yet determined." … "This storm really underscores the importance of undeveloped coastal habitat areas and the need to identify the key natural resources both for birds, but also for buffer, protection, for human development."