You may be wondering what the wooden fence in my photo is all about.
The gates you see featured in the picture represent our town’s efforts to protect the endangered population of piping plover birds here on the East End of Long Island.
During the many summers spent visiting Pikes Beach, I’ve marveled at these little creatures running around in groups of 3 or 4, rarely flying and knowing they are safe within the confines of their gated safe haven on the sand where their nests are housed. I have set my beach blanket up close to these areas, just to observe their sweet behavior.
Makes me happy and proud that we have recognized that this little bird needs special attention and safeguarding to ensure survival of the entire species.
Also gives me pause to think about how we all instinctually protect one another, our families, children, friends, spouses, pets, and ourselves in the world we inhabit every day.
Much Love, Robyn
The following is more information about the endangered Species Act that protects our piping plover population:
The Endangered Species Act
The Piping Plover became a protected species under the Endangered Species Act on Jan. 10, 1986. Along the Atlantic, it is designated as threatened, meaning the population will continue to decline if not protected. The Endangered Species Act provides penalties for taking, harassing or harming the piping plover and offers some protection to its habitat.
Here are some stock images of piping plovers so you will recognize them at the shore this summer!
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