6 pairs of endangered piping plovers nesting along Seacoast
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department say there are six pairs of piping plovers nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook — and they're asking beachgoers to be aware of the endangered birds.
Biologist Brendan Clifford says the sooner the birds nest, the sooner the chicks will hatch and grow big enough to be able to fly. Once they're about 30 days old, they can fly and escape from danger. At that point, the department can take down fences that protect their breeding habitat and open up the beach.
The first few weeks after hatching are the most crucial, because the chicks are very small and hard to see and extremely vulnerable to natural predators such as gulls, crows, foxes and domestic animals, including cats and dogs.