The spit of land between the beach and a thick plot of sea oats and muhly grass marks the fragile nesting area for one of Florida's most imperiled bird species, the snowy plover
I'm sure this is unprecedented that piping plovers
are nesting on a Superfund site," he said.
The information gleaned from the bands showed that these two piping plovers
were originally banded hundreds of miles west, on Lake Huron's shores, back when they were chicks.
With beach season coming soon, Bailey added that Plover
Patrol volunteers are needed to help protect Delawares endangered piping plovers
and other beachnesting birds.
Vandenberg has been fortunate to have 40 docents volunteer more than 1,000 hours each year to help educate beach goers about plovers
and their delicate nests in an effort to reduce human encroachment on nesting areas.
Although lethal methods have been used in an effort to increase reproductive success of Snowy Plovers
elsewhere along the Pacific coast (for example, Robinson-Nilsen and others 2009), results are mixed with regard to their effectiveness (Neuman and others 2004).
As part of the project, we will measure and analyse the movements of crab plovers
in the finest possible scale by using a novel type of GPS logger [to measure location] which includes an accelerometer [to measure behaviour]," he revealed.
Clockwise, from top left: beadlet anemone, harbour porpoise, ringed plover
, sea bindweed and marram grass, common star fish and a butterfish
Population studies of Piping Plovers
at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, 1982-87.
There just aren't enough good crow hunters, and there are virtually no crow hunters along the piping plover
Preferences for sign placement indicated by respondents were compared with the position of actual signs on the Bellarine Peninsula, as noted during comprehensive beach surveys for breeding plovers
DANGER: Birds like the lapwing and golden plover
could be put at risk by a 50m turbine like this one based in Shelley