Piping Plover

Two-day-old Piping Plovers emerge from under a parent after brooding under the bird in the sand on a Quonochontaug Conservation Area beach in Westerly, R.I., Thursday, July 12, 2007. The species breeds on East Coast beaches during warm weather, which means entire stretches of shoreline can be put off limits just as people want to enjoy the coast. But today, two decades after the plover was declared a threatened species, biologists are crediting the beach closures, twine barriers and other buffers between birds and humans for a 141 percent increase in the Atlantic piping plover population.

June 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 
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