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Nesting birds need share of beach sand, too, this summer

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

DNREC will block off some areas of beach to allow birds to nest and wants to train volunteers to man those boundaries and let beachgoers know what’s happening. Piping Plover photo courtesy of DNREC.   Delaware beachgoers should be prepared to share the sands this summer, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said this week. Piping Plovers and …

a small bird standing on a beach

Predators, storm slow piping plover nest production

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Piping plovers had a difficult mating season in Delaware. Photo by Kevin Bronson/DNREC   How many baby plovers did piping plovers produce when they were piping on Delaware beaches in 2020? Answer: Not enough, says the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The endangered birds experienced poor nest productivity in 2021 despite record numbers of mating pairs observed …