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Every year, thousands of migratory birds are drawn to Cuttyhunk Island, with its stretches of largely undeveloped land at the end of the Elizabeth Islands chain. These birds don’t know or care whether this important stopover spot is part of Massachusetts or Rhode Island: so why should federal funding for their protection?

That’s the stance taken by four Rhode Island-based organizations, who recently urged the trustees of the Bouchard Barge 120 (B120) oil spill settlement to re-allocate funds, set aside for Rhode Island bird conservation projects, to the Coalition’s Cuttyhunk Conservation Project instead.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is excited to announce that Katherine Garofoli and Tom Tucker have been hired to serve as the Onset Bay Center’s first Director and Program Manager.