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May 24, 2015 10:41 AM

Beach-goers: Watch out for piping plovers

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Beach-goers are being reminded that six pairs of piping plovers nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook are an endangered species in the state.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department says the birds' breeding habitat is fenced with yellow roping to indicate their presence — allowing them space to nest and raise their young.

Since protection efforts began in 1997, and through 2014, 89 nesting pairs of plovers have fledged 115 chicks on New Hampshire's seacoast. The state's efforts are part of a region-wide protection program. Overall, the Atlantic coast population of piping plovers continues to hold steady.


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