Friday, August 03, 2007

Piping Plover earns mainstream coverage

The Associated Press notices the threatened bird's population gains:

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. - The tiny Atlantic piping plover, a federally protected bird, has given beachgoers headaches for decades.

The species breeds on East Coast beaches during warm weather, which means entire stretches of shoreline can be put off limits just as people want to enjoy the coast.

But today, two decades after the plover was declared a threatened species, biologists are crediting the beach closures, twine barriers and other buffers between birds and humans for a 141 percent increase in the Atlantic piping plover population.

"Those birds have been earned the hard way," said Anne Hecht, who supervises the recovery effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In related news: A photograph of a Piping Plover chick, taken by Catherine Lange of Flushing, N.Y., won first place in the waterbirds category of WildBird's annual photo contest. For her prize, Lange will receive a Golden Ring 12-40x60HD spotting scope from Leupold & Stevens.

See the September/October issue for all 16 winning images! (Click on the image to see a larger version.)

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Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

I love that photo! I saw your interview in Birding... Congrats! It was great! Hope to see you in Cape May.

August 03, 2007 3:47 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hi Patrick! That plover is my favorite image from the contest -- great shot. Thanks for the kind words about the Birding interview. I plan to be at Autumn Weekend -- looking forward to chatting with you again!

August 03, 2007 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh that picture is SOOOOO CUTE!!! :)

August 09, 2007 3:49 PM  

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