Program Leader: Rachel Speckenbach, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) Environmental Educator
Piping plovers, a New York State endangered species, come to breed and nest on our shores in late April. Least terns, commonly mistaken for the endangered plover, are a threatened species in the state and arrive mid-May to nest in large colonies among the plovers. Both species make a “scrape” in the sand to lay their eggs and raise their young. This method leaves chicks incredibly vulnerable to off-road vehicles and beach activity. While these birds have a bad reputation due to beach closures and fenced-off areas, they are important members of our coastal ecosystems. Join Environmental Educator Rachel to learn more about these beautiful animals and why it’s important to protect them. We are likely to spot other shorebirds as well. Please bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, as SOFO has a limited amount.
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