Western Snowy Plovers Are Building First Nests In Almost 70 Years

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Western snowy plovers were once again spotted nesting on the beaches of Los Angeles.


For the first time in almost 70 years, western snowy plovers have been spotted nesting on Santa Monica State Beach in California. The fist nests were discovered April 18, and they may indicate the return of a species thought to be gone from the area forever. Some even see it as a sign that other species may return as well.

Western Snowy Plovers Build First Nests In Years

More nests have been discovered since April. They were also detected on other beaches as well, for example, Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Dockweiler State Beach. These were found by qualified members of the Los Angeles Audubon and The Bay Foundation. Then, biologists installed wire cages to protect the eggs from predators and human disturbance. Nonetheless, the wires will still allow the pioneering parents to care for their eggs.
“This is a sign that, against all odds, western snowy plovers are making a comeback, and we really need the cooperation of beachgoers to help give them the space they need to nest and raise their young,” said Chris Dellith from the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office.

He then expressed his hope for finding a balance. One that will enable the western snowy plovers or shorebirds, in general, to co-exist peacefully with humans. This means finding an equilibrium between habitat restoration and beach recreation.

Four total nests were initially identified, of which only two are known as still being safe. One was lost to high winds, the other to unknown causes. Skilled biologists are carefully monitoring these two remaining nests.

The western snowy plovers population has been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 1993. This is the first time it has been seen nesting in the area for almost 70 years.

Multiple organizations are involved in ongoing work to help this bird regain its footing. These first nests give scientists and bird watchers alike hope that this missing friend may be returning to the coast of southern California.
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