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.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Large section of Sea Bright beach closed to protect birds

SEA BRIGHT – This borough’s beautiful beach is for the birds – parts of it, anyway.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has cordoned off a large portion of Sea Bright’s public beach as a breeding ground for rare and endangered birds.

A half-mile section of beach surrounding the borough’s southernmost public access point is closed so that the piping plover, least tern and American oystercatcher can nest. The beach was closed before Memorial Day and is expected to be closed through August.

Todd Pover, manager for the state beach nesting bird program, explained that the birds are endangered species.

“Plovers and terns are state-designated endangered species,” Pover said. “That means there’s a risk of them becoming extinct, they’re very rare vulnerable and at risk. This user-endangered species conflict is nothing new for this project.”

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