NH Fish and Game Department

Jun 30, 2015 4:19 PM

Endangered piping plover chicks to hatch on NH seacoast


CONCORD - People may not be the only ones on the beach enjoying the Fourth of July weekend.

The NH Fish and Game Department reported that it is hatching season for the state-endangered piping plover.

This year's season is a little later than usual, making protecting the chicks from busy beaches more difficult.

N.H. Fish and Game officials are asking people to be cautious this holiday weekend to any roped off beach areas protecting the chicks.

In order to protect the birds, N.H. Fish and Game is urging beach-goers to watch their step, leash dogs and fill in any sand holes in order to prevent newborn chicks from becoming trapped.

Brendan Clifford, a biologist with N.H. Fish and Game said, "Our goal is to protect these rare birds during their breeding season and manage the beaches for both people and wildlife."

The fences will be taken down when the chicks reach about 25-30 days old and can fly.

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