Photo courtesy Audubon Connecticut/AJ Hand.

Piping Plover, photo courtesy Audubon Connecticut/AJ Hand.

CTPOST.COM: It’s nesting season for shorebirds, and the Audubon Society is urging beachgoers to watch out for four species that are in a life-and-death struggle to endure in a world that has dramatically changed since their nesting behaviors were established long before the colonists arrived.

Piping plovers, least terns, common terns and American oystercatchers have begun nesting on beaches from Groton to Greenwich, but their success at fledging young depends on whether they’ll be able to run a gauntlet of marauding raccoons, hungry foxes, bullying gulls and curious dogs. Norway rats, feral cats, crows, humans and even litter will likely take a toll as well.

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