Friday, June 6, 2014 10:35:05 EDT AM
The Town of Saugeen Shores is working closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) after the discovery of a nesting pair of Piping Plovers. The endangered birds have taken up residence on the north side of Port Elgin Main Beach near the swing sets and wall.
“This is a very exciting discovery,” says Jayne Jagelewski, director of Community Services for the Town of Saugeen Shores. “These are very rare birds, and we welcome the MNR to ensure they are properly protected.”
The Piping Plover is classified as endangered both provincially and nationally and therefore protected under the provincial Endangered Species Act (2007). A roped barrier with signage has been established and will remain until the chicks have hatched and the family unit cease the area (approx. 40 days). These precautions are in place to ensure the endangered species is not disturbed by human activity or predators.