Good News for CT Plovers, Least Terns

Piping Plover photo U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Least Tern photo Wikipedia.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced the results from the 2011 piping plover and least tern nesting season.

Fifty-two pairs of piping plovers nested along the Connecticut coastline during the 2011 breeding season; 9 more than last year. The number of young that fledged (reached flying stage) was 71; 11 less than the 82 plovers that fledged in 2010.

The piping plover and least tern are classified as threatened in Connecticut; the piping plover also has been listed as federally threatened since 1986. Both shorebirds prefer to nest on sandy beaches, but only a limited number of sites are available due to current shoreline development and recreational use.

β€œ2011 was a very good year for piping plovers, with an increase in nesting pairs,” said Rick Jacobson, Director of the DEEP Wildlife Division. β€œThe consistent number of piping plover chicks fledged every nesting season since 1986 is encouraging and reflects the cooperation of coastal users.”

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