|Piping Plover chick Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel|
Tiny and aggressive, Piping Plovers migrate from Central America and the Bahamas to the US and Canada to breed each year. But pressure from human disturbances and development on or near their nesting areas, has pushed some of these birds to nest in unlikely and unsafe areas. This pair which nested in a parking lot in Gloucester, MA became the impetus which mobilized the community to learn about these birds and ensure they now have a fighting chance for a safer and more productive nesting season.
This article written by Deborah Cramer for National Audubon explains how a community can successfully pull together to welcome both people and birds to summer beaches.