News & Notes: Plovers and Terns


Piping Plover & Least Tern Project Intern

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Job Opening: Piping Plover & Least Tern Project Intern Department: Conservation Location: Falmouth, Maine Description Maine Audubon is a widely respected conservation organization located in Falmouth, Maine with state-wide influence. Our focus on science based research, practical solutions to complex problems and a profound respect for wildlife and wildlife habitat positions us at the nexus of …

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Death of Piping Plover Serves as Reminder to Keep Dogs on Leash

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

By: Katie Burns and Mary Badger (Piping Plover project interns) On Monday, July 15, our biologists received concerning news. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center called the Piping Plover/Least Tern Project office to report that a dead piping plover fledgling (learning to fly) had been delivered to the Center. The citizen who brought in the plover witnessed the …

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Maine Audubon and MDIFW seeking witness in Piping Plover case

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2013 Contact: Michelle Smith, Maine Audubon (207) 838-0511 Doug Rafferty, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (207) 287-5248 Scarborough – Maine Audubon, Maine Game Wardens and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are seeking a witness in the death of protected Piping Plover chick on Pine Point …

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A Day in the Life of a Plover Chick

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By Katie Burns and Mary Badger (Piping Plover project interns) A day in the life of a plover chick can be an amazing and terrifying thing for our biologists to behold. Resembling a fluffy cotton-ball, a Piping Plover chick is possibly one of the cutest babies in the animal kingdom. However, their twenty-five day journey from marshmallow to …

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Piping Plovers: Endangered, Small, and Tough.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

By: Katie Burns, Piping Plover project intern Due to their endangered status and small stature, Piping Plovers are often given a bad rap by the general public. For years, they have been deemed “wimpy” or “pathetic,” but this is simply not the case. It’s time to set the record straight: Piping Plovers are tough cookies. Though this …

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Piping Plover Nesting Update

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

With nice weather due to return for the weekend here in Maine, we would like to take a moment for a short update on our Piping Plover Monitoring Program. After the storms in late April, a group of plover/endangered species biologists from United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and …

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Piping Plovers Return Early to Southern Maine

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Maine Audubon asks beach goers and beachfront landowners to be aware of nesting plovers Maine Audubon reported today that several piping plover nesting pairs have returned to southern Maine beaches. All beachgoers and beachfront landowners along the coast should be aware of nesting plovers, but particular caution is required at beaches where pairs are currently …

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Piping Plover Outreach

Monday, August 20th, 2012

In addition to management and other activities in the field, outreach is a critical component of the Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project. Our team regularly organizes outreach sessions to talk with beachgoers, beach residents/landowners, local beach associations, lifeguards, police, school kids and others. The goal of our outreach program is to educate people about …

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Piping Plovers: After the rain comes the sun!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Recently, as our team was monitoring Seawall Beach in Phippsburg, we were once again rewarded by the sight of three freshly hatched plover chicks clustered together in a nest around the last egg that was just about to hatch. This was another of the many nests that have hatched during the past two weeks, and …

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Video: Help Protect Maine’s Piping Plovers

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Watch. Learn. Help. A very informative video by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife introducing the piping plover in Maine, it’s habitat, the challenges this species faces, what we are doing and what you can do to help this bird species survive. Read more about our efforts at the links below.

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