Photo Essay: Why Piping Plover Die All The Time

What a treat to find some migrant Piping Plover enjoying LBI's beaches
What a treat to find some migrant Piping Plover enjoying LBI’s beaches today.
It is tough to deny they are the most adorable thing ever created in the universe. I think we all can agree on that.
It is tough to deny they are the most adorable thing ever created in the universe. I think we all can agree on that.
But with great beauty always comes lots of drama. Piping Plover have the nasty habit of dying constantly.
But with great beauty always comes great responsibility, and lots of drama. Piping Plover have the nasty habit of dying constantly.
Say what?
Say what?
They need the exact same awesome beaches humanz love, and a beach is a tough thing to share.
They need the exact same awesome beaches humanz love, and a beach is a tough thing to share.
Whazzzat?
Whazzzat?
RUNZ!
RUNZ!
GODZIRRRAAAA!!!11!!
GODZIRRRAAAA!!!11!!
Dis looks like a safe place to hide!
Dis looks like a safe place to hide!
Nap Time
Nap Time

There’s no easy answer.  People are already going through great lengths to protect these itty-bittys during the nesting season, closing large portions of highly desirable beach for months to give the chicks a shot at survival. But once they start to migrate, those areas become human infested death traps.  Closing those areas, like Barnegat Light & Holgate, for all but the few winter months the Plover are whooping it up in the Bahamas is obviously not going to fly (please note the intentional pun).

For now, the best we can do is try not to kill any Piping Plovers when we’re at the beach, and support the good work of the great people at the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. They’re working on the glitches with the Piping Plover/Humanz thing and are our best shot at finding reasonable things to keep some balance.

Bonus: Plover Pokey
Bonus: Plover Pokey