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May 28, 2016 1:05 PM

New Hampshire has 7 pairs of piping plovers nesting on beach

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says there are seven pairs of piping plovers nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook, and they're asking visitors to the areas to help protect them.

The plovers are endangered in New Hampshire and threatened nationally. Their breeding habitat is fenced with yellow roping to show the birds' presence to beach-goers and to allow the mating pairs space to nest and raise their young.

Brendan Clifford, a biologist with the Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, said there have been occasions where people have deliberately vandalized fencing meant to protect the birds, and even stolen eggs out of the nest.

The department relies on a number of volunteers to keep watch over the birds.

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