The Struggles of the Snowy Plover

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I saw my first snowy plover at Carmel River State Beach this week. These are “threatened” birds, so it stands to reason that my first sighting was a tagged plover–note the orange band on its left leg.

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The snowy plover loves the  sandy coastline as breeding grounds–they often use broken shells to build a nest. But, given how people flock to the beach, this small bird often has trouble finding a safe place to settle. Federal and state rules intended to protect the bird center around prohibitions against going off trail and bringing dogs. Flying a kite is also frowned upon–the movement of a kite resembles a predator.

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