It was a real thought provoker when long time Reader Jamie commented that he refused to get emotionally involved in the Piping Plover chick posts, as the chances of an unhappy ending were high. Indeed, he is correct, and bonding with these birds is a huge risk. Piping Plover are severely endangered for good reason: they tend not to survive.
Much of the credit for the roaring success is due to the Conserver Wildlife Foundation of NJ and the dedication of the beach nesting team headed up by the incomparable Todd Pover. Todd is a true hero, if only for actually answering my inane questions like “What is a Plover? If I find one, can I play with it in my room?” and what not.
Todd tells us that danger lurks moment to moment for these precious little ones and a predator event could take place like a lightening strike. But the Plover are summer-lovers and don’t agree that “September is the best month on LBI” and usually leave for the winter in mid August. That suggest the chicks should spread those wings soon and soon after, fly off to a pleasant winter Florida.
Having all three chicks fledge would be a huge statistical victory. So pay attention to beach nesting bird signs and warning wherever you are. We only have a few more weeks to go.
Everyone loves Happy Endings. The reality is that the Piping Plover are not going to survive without some Humanz Interventionz. We need to work to help restore the balance to the beach that will allow them to stage a comeback. They just need their fair share.
More guilt trips from Readings From The Nothside: Please, please, please give something to the Beach Nesting Bird Project. Just $50 allows them to build the fences that have allowed Puffy, Fluffy, & Tufters to make it this far.