Plovers in Peril

Snowy plover eggs and chicks are highly camoflaged to match their sandy homes/USFWS Photo

The small Western snowy plover can fit in the palm of your hand. Easily camouflaged, plovers’ markings helped them blend into their original sandy beach habitat, which was dotted with a minimal amount of plants.  The invasion of non-native beach grasses shrinking sandy areas and coastal development the plover increasingly, have nowhere to hide, making them easy targets for predators. With chicks the size of cottonballs and increased opportunities for predators, the future of the species is in great peril. Learn ways to share the beach with plovers…

 

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