2017-03-30 / Nature

Protecting the Plovers

The rare, migratory piping plovers have returned to Rhode Island and will spend the next several weeks establishing territories and beginning to nest on the state’s beaches.

Specific areas will be roped off to protect the breeding birds from pedestrians, pets, and vehicles. Disturbance can cause the birds to abandon their site or could result in eggs being unknowingly crushed. This year, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service will expand the roped off area on the National Wildlife Refuge portion of Second Beach in Middletown down to the mean high water mark, which will be closed to the public from April 1 to Sept. 15.

Since gaining protection under the 1986 Endangered Species Act, piping plover numbers in the state increased from 10 to 98 pairs by 2016. Volunteers to monitor the plover populations are needed. If interested, call Jennifer at 401-364- 9124 x4412.

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