NH Fish and Game warns about endangered bird on beaches
CONCORD — Watch where you step at the beach this summer as there may be a very small, endangered bird just below your feet.
The Piping Plover is a nationally threatened bird that is endangered in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Fish and Game says that so far this year four Piping Plover birds have hatched and are running around on beaches in Hampton and Seabrook. Fish and Game expect another group of the birds to hatch over the Fourth of July weekend.
For the first 25-30 days, the baby Piping Plover are unable to fly, according to Fish and Game, making them extremely vulnerable to predators and unknowing beach goers feet. There are areas that are fenced off by yellow rope to help keep the young birds safe, but Fish and Game say that the birds can and will leave this area.
There are a number of things that people who go to the beaches can do to help protect the birds. Fish and Game recommends that you watch your step, keep your dogs on a leash and fill in holes so the birds don't become trapped.
Fish and Game is also accepting volunteers for people who would like to help monitor the Piping Plover chicks.
Since protection efforts have begun for the birds in 1997, 106 nesting pairs of Piping Plovers have raised 142 chicks on the state’s Seacoast.