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Threatened Shorebird Protected On Oregon Beaches

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
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It’s that time of year again when Oregonians are asked to help protect the nesting areas of a small coastal shore bird.

The western snowy plover is threatened. In 1993, the known population dropped to 55 breeding adults.

“But thanks to strong cooperation from beach visitors and public agencies we’re up over 500 breeding adults now.”

Chris Havel is with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. He said from now until September, visitors along stretches of beach will see signs and roped off areas. These dry, sandy spots are where the birds breed and rear their young.

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Beach visitors may see signs like this indicating restricted areas to protect the threatened coastal shorebird.

Havel said “plover beach” visitors may access wet, packed sand but all other recreation including dog walking, driving a vehicle and kit flying is off limits during nesting season.

“Plovers a beautiful part of the natural, wild Oregon beach,” Havel said. “We all enjoy seeing wildlife on our visits and we all play a part in making that possible.”

To see a detailed map of beaches where restrictions apply, click here

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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