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, 8 April 2018

Nor'easter Beach Erosion Threatening Nesting of Rare Bird



Published at 8:09 PM EDT on Mar 28, 2018

The dunes at the beaches of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have been battered causing concern as piping plovers migrate to the sand for the summer.

(Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

The nor'easters that have battered Plum Island have done more than damage homes and leave debris in the roads.

The dunes at the beaches of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have been battered causing concern as piping plovers migrate to the sand for the summer.

"I expect the plover population to be down at Parker River for the next year or two," said Bill Peterson, refuge manager.

Plovers have been labled as a "threatened" species since 1986 and Plum Island is where they mate to grow the population.

The storms have narrowed their habit creating cliffs along the water.

That gives them fewer places to nest and hide when predators go after their young.

"It's disappointing," said Peterson. "I love to see the plover numbers increase every year, but this is a natural part of that process."


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