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2011-04-13 16:23:00

"It is time to put politics aside and do the right thing for the Gulf" NEW YORK, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One year after the BP oil disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico, Audubon experts report that oil can still be found in gulf marshes and beaches that provide critical habitat for at-risk birds. Recent trips through Louisiana's Barataria Bay revealed tar balls on beaches and oil oozing through marsh grasses, a discouraging sight as the breeding season begins for dozens...

2008-08-22 18:00:25

By KAITLIN KEANE SCITUATE - On a quiet Tuesday evening at The Spit, the beaches are deserted and a lone boat bobs at the shoreline. But weekends are different for Scituate's famously secluded peninsula, and Tony Jones clutches evidence of that in both hands: glass bottles, plastic containers and other refuse left behind by weekend revelers. Jones, a member of the town's conservation commission, is among a group of citizens worried that wildlife is being irreparably harmed because of The...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Anonymous OLD ORCHARD BEACH - State wildlife officials are looking to step up efforts to protect the threatened piping plover by expanding "essential habitat" zones for the shorebirds in Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford. The designation would give officials some control over nearby activities and restrict access to areas where the birds have established nests. More protection is badly needed because piping plovers have endured another year of little breeding success in the state,...

2008-07-16 12:00:50

By Victor Tine, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass. Jul. 16--PLUM ISLAND -- It's been a tough nesting season for Plum Island's piping plovers. The tiny shore birds, listed as a threatened species by the federal government, have produced a total of 14 chicks since the 6.3 miles of beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was closed to humans on April 1, refuge wildlife biologist Nancy Pau said. Pau said seven of the chicks are from two nests on the refuge itself, and another...

2008-07-13 09:00:19

By KRISTEN WYATT By Kristen Wyatt The Associated Press ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Md. The wild ponies of Assateague Island don't seem bothered by people - not even people driving hulking trucks and vans right up to the shore and setting up fishing poles and grills steps away from the crashing waves. But driving on Assateague Island National Seashore is under review, and even ardent supporters of allowing anglers and campers to drive on the beach fear the days of getting...

2008-07-13 09:00:00

By W MEADE STITH III By W. Meade Stith III Environmentalists have sued to stop driving on beaches in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to push for more critical habitat designations in the Seashore. The stated reason for these actions is to protect the piping plover, a shorebird considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In 2008, a consent decree closed the most popular beaches in the Seashore. You'd think the piping...

2008-07-13 09:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Jul. 13--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio Grande...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas Jul. 12--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio...

2008-07-09 00:00:16

Crews at Presque Isle State Park are closing two beaches because there's not enough sand on them. Beaches 9 and 10 will be closed Monday through Thursday for the next three weeks while crews replenish the sand that washes away. The crews will dump more than 19,000 tons of sand on the beaches. The park typically replaces the sand on its beaches before Memorial Day. The project was delayed on these two beaches this year because officials thought some piping plover birds might nest in the...

2008-07-03 15:00:21

By Donita Naylor NARRAGANSETT -- Can you keep the fireworks down, please? The babies are sleeping. For about the third time in nearly 30 years, the Dunes Club near the Narrow River Inlet is postponing its annual Fourth of July fireworks until two federally protected piping plover chicks are old enough to survive the apocalypse. Or so it may seem to plovers, ruled so sensitive that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has closed Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown every summer for the...


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2005-06-02 10:58:42

The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) is a small plover. The bird is recognizable for its very pale brown head and back, white breast and rump and dark neckband. Its bill is orange and black and the legs are orange. Their breeding habitat is found on and around beaches or sand flats on the Atlantic coast, the southern shores of the Great Lakes and in the mid-west of Canada and the United States. They nest on sandy or gravel beaches or sandbars. They are migratory in northern areas and...

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