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Aug 29, 2015 9:58 AM

Piping plovers increase on New Hampshire beaches this summer

The Associated Press

HAMPTON — New Hampshire has seen a big increase in the number of piping plovers on state beaches this summer.

Last year, six pairs of the endangered birds were spotted on beaches, with only two chicks surviving at least 25 days. This summer, three pairs nested on Hampton Beach with five chicks, and five pairs of plovers with seven chicks were on Seabrook Beach.

New Hampshire Fish and Game biologists fenced off nesting areas when the plovers returned to the beaches in May and put up signs alerting people to watch out for the newborn chicks, which are about the size of cotton balls and are nearly the color of sand. Throughout the summer, volunteers asked beachgoers to be careful if they were playing Frisbee or throwing footballs near the chicks.


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