A piping plover bird on the beach.

May 24, 2016 4:40 PM

NH Fish and Game asks public to help protect endangered piping plovers this summer

SEACOAST - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking for the public's help in protecting the endangered piping plover birds along the Hampton and Seabrook shores this summer.

"Our goal is to protect these rare birds during their breeding season and manage the beaches for both people and wildlife,” said Brendan Clifford, a biologist with the Fish and Game's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program who oversees the piping plover protection effort. “Much like last year, it’s been a bit of a cool spring, so a lot of the nesting seems to be a couple weeks behind.”

Last summer, Fish and Game reported an increase in the number of piping plovers, whose chicks are the size of a cotton ball and a similar color to sand, settling in New Hampshire.

Fish and Game says their breeding habitats are marked off by yellow fencing and that the public can help by walking carefully, leashing their dogs and filling in holes in the sand.

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