As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Conservation officials: Let plovers nest in peace

Updated 12:02 am, Monday, April 1, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — State conservation officials are asking beachgoers to not disturb piping plover nests as the rare birds return to Massachusetts this spring.

The shorebirds come back to Massachusetts' coastal beaches to nest and raise their young.
Experts say visitors should avoid marked areas where the birds nest. They also say to watch out for plover eggs and chicks, which can blend in with the sand and be vulnerable to people and pets.

Atlantic Coast piping plovers were listed as threatened by the federal government in 1986.
Government officials say that means the birds would become endangered and face possible extinction without Endangered Species

During spring and summer, the small, stocky birds nest from Newfoundland south to North Carolina.

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