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Maine Audubon: Leave Vulnerable Nesting Piping Plovers Alone
04/24/2014 04:07 PM ET  

Maine Audubon says nesting pairs of the tiny shorebirds have been sighted this month on sandy beaches from Ogunquit up as far as Georgetown.

Conservation experts are reminding beach-goers to be mindful of nesting areas now that piping plovers have returned to the southern Maine coast.

Maine Audubon issued a statement saying nesting pairs of the tiny shorebirds have been sighted this month on sandy beaches from Ogunquit up as far as Georgetown.

Audubon scientist Laura Minich Zitske says Maine saw a steep decline in plover numbers between 2002 and 2007 and has seen a gradual increase since then. She says last year the state had 44 nesting pairs.  

Zitske says the birds are very vulnerable and should be left alone. "We can all share the beach, it just takes some respect," Zitske says. "It takes just being observant, and if you see one, just keep your distance. Ask all people - leave your pets at home."

The town of Scarborough faces a $12,000 federal fine after an unleashed dog killed a piping plover chick at Pine Point Beach last year.

This story was reported by Ed Morin and written by Tom Porter.


 

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