Shorebirds: Piping Plover

Photo of Piping Plover

Piping Plovers are on the short list of birds who nest directly on the sand of New England beaches.  Given the high human traffic on most beaches during their breeding season and the outright loss of habitat due to shoreline reshaping, it's a wonder that some of these tiny shorebirds manage to eke out a living and successfully raise young each year.  Maine Audubon reports that in the entire state of Maine in 2013 there were only 44 nesting pairs, not all of whom fledged young.  Please take care when sharing the beach with these threatened creatures.

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