During Hurricane Irene, we were evacuated from the Island and sheltered in a little hotel in western Jersey. It was like a refugee camp of people from the Jersey Coast. The lobby & bars were packed with displaced coastal humans, all discussing the place they loved; the very specific place they loved.
People from Margate loved Margate, had been going there their whole lives, and had never been to the place the other person was talking about. People from LBI loved LBI, had been going there their whole lives, and had never been to the place the other person was talking about. And so it was with almost every community along the coast.
It turns out beach nesting birds have the same “site fidelity” that we do. They love the places they know, the places they have good memories from childhood, and return to those places each year… just like we do. My grandaddy brought my daddy to LBI, and my daddy brought me, and now I bring my family. So it is up and down the coast, and so it is with our beach nesting birds.
These creatures are not just random birds flying around the Island. They are locals, they call this place home, and they want their kids to call it home to. They are often connected to our beaches by generations.
Just like us.