We are now well on our way into spring and our feathered friends, the Piping Plovers are back from the south and are already hard at work finding mates, making nest scrapes, laying eggs, and even hatching some chicks.
The Piping Plover and Least Tern Project team launched its activities in mid-April and protection of nesting sites is well underway. This year the team director, Laura Zitske, was joined by four energetic and dedicated new people:
- Traczie Bellinger, Seasonal biologist
- Michelle Fournier, Seasonal biologist
- Maggie Gousse, intern
- Erik Ndayishimiye, intern
Maine Audubon and project partners, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge), are committed to making this year’s season a success for plovers and terns on beaches in southern and mid coast Maine.
We will share the team’s experiences in the field here and keep you updated on the progress of our work. We can’t protect these rare birds without your help, so we will be providing tips along the way so that you can help us protect these amazing beach-nesting birds.
Written by Erik NDAYISHIMIYE.