Piping plover chick, courtesy: Fish and Wildlife Service
Piping plover chicks are hatching at Hampton, Seabrook
CONCORD — New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists say four piping plover nests have hatched in Hampton and Seabrook within the past two weeks — and two more are expected to hatch over the Fourth of July weekend — so they're asking people to be aware of the endangered birds.
The birds' breeding habitat is fenced with yellow roping to indicate their presence to beachgoers and to allow mating pairs space to nest and raise their young.
Biologists say within just a few hours of hatching, piping plover chicks are able to walk and feed on their own. They are vulnerable to predators such as gulls, crows, foxes, cats and dogs.
Since protection efforts began in 1997 through 2014, 89 nesting pairs of plovers have fledged 115 chicks on New Hampshire's seacoast.