Conflict Between MA Kiteboarders and Plovers
September 29, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says kiteboarding imperils 12 percent of the state’s piping plovers — small, sand-colored birds threatened across the country — that live on the beach for several months of the year.
As a result, federal authorities have banned the sport along 40 miles of the Cape Cod Seashore and now want to prohibit it on Monomoy Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, according to an article on BostonGlobe.com.
While kiteboarders say their sport is environmentally friendly and unites them with nature, federal authorities say the piping plovers perceive the kites as predatory birds, prompting them to abandon their eggs and seek refuge elsewhere, said Libby Herland, manager of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.