Good News for CT Plovers, Least Terns
November 14, 2011
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.
“2011 was a very good year for piping plovers, with an increase in nesting pairs,” said Rick Jacobson, Director of the DEEP Wildlife Division. “The consistent number of piping plover chicks fledged every nesting season since 1986 is encouraging and reflects the cooperation of coastal users.”