Piping Plover

Charadrius melodus Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Charadrius melodus Order: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)

This endangered species, like the Snowy Plover, depends on undisturbed sand beaches for nesting and feeding. It pats the sand with a foot when foraging. As much as I love taking my dog Pip on birding outings, NO dogs should be allowed on beaches where plovers may be nesting. Even leashed dogs scare them, and these poor birds have no choice but to nest on beaches. We have alternative places for walking our dogs.

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