2016-06-30 / Nature

Nesting Notes:


Piping plover eggs incubating at Sachuest Beach. 
(Photo by Rey Larson) Piping plover eggs incubating at Sachuest Beach. (Photo by Rey Larson) Ryan Kleinert, USFWS piping plover coordinator for the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, announced that the piping plover pair that nested near the concession stand at Sachuest Beach and lost their chicks to attacks by house sparrows have successfully re-nested on the eastern end of Sachuest Beach. “They are just inside the roped off area of the beach and incubating eggs,” Kleinert said.

The nest is at the edge of the roped area and precariously close to a pathway. Beach officials and USFWS staff ask that beachgoers avoid any activities in the immediate area which may harm the nest or the adults incubating the eggs. Shirley Seaman, USFWS piping plover monitor explained, “We ask that folks don’t play ball or Frisbee too close to the area. Recently some young men, unaware of the impact of their actions, were playing ball close to the site. Their ball went into the roped area, causing a potential danger to the adult incubating and the eggs. When informed of the position of the nest, the boys politely went to another area to play.”

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