Last year when Wayne proposed to me on the beach we were surrounded by piping plovers. I captured a video of it that you can see and hear here. Piping plovers are an endangered species so there are special dogs restrictions in place to help keep the plovers safe. I’m a volunteer beach monitor through a town government sponsored program. They are such charming little birds and I wanted to give back to them for their being a part of our engagement. My job is educate dog owners not in compliance and observe the plovers.
It was a very beautiful morning today!
Piping plover chicks are very tiny, often described as cotton balls with feet!
During our training the representative from Maine Audubon brought this taxidermy chick. As an educational exercise for my readers: Can you spot the piping plovers in these photos, and how long did it take you to see them?
Now imagine dogs running on the beach–it would be so easy to trample them, their nests and the chicks. They are very vulnerable and need our protection. It’s a Federal mandate. That’s why there are certain restrictions in place.
I combine a walk with my monitoring duty.
I made sure no one was around before I began talking to this plover in my little animal voice. It stopped and looked at me as it crooked its head. That made me giggle. I love these little birds!