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Piping Plovers Return Early to Southern Maine

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
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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 active, including Fortunes Rock Beach (Biddeford), Goose Rocks Beach (Kennebunkport), Ogunquit Beach, Wells Beach and beaches in Kennebunk.

Piping plovers are listed as an endangered species in Maine and are threatened under federal law. Plovers nest in front of sand dunes on the upper beach and are vulnerable to natural predators, roaming pets, storms and human disturbance. Maine Audubon encourages beachgoers and landowners to reduce human-caused mortality of plovers by leaving y our pets at home when you go to the beach, staying away from roped off plover areas and to watch where you are walking on the beach, to avoid stepping on nests.

If you find a plover nest, or would like to volunteer for the Piping Plover Project, please contact Laura Minich Zitske at [email protected] or (207) 781-2330 x226.

RestrictedArea-PIPL-signLearn more about Maine Audubon’s Piping Plover Project:
Traczie Bellinger, Maine Audubon seasonal biologist, will show a short video and slide show about the Piping Plover Project at several locations throughout southern Maine this spring:
  • April 16, time TBD, York Public Library
  • April 25, 6:30pm, Scarborough Public Library
  • May 9, 6pm, Biddeford Library