Federally Protected July 1 – May 14
Famous for being federally listed on the endangered species list and for a recent coffee drink that has given their image a boost, Snowy Plovers nest in divits in the sand near the dunes at ocean beach. They are almost always mistaken for the more common sanderlings that can be seen running around by the oceans edge. The sanderlings, which migrate from the artic are in the there non breeding plumage while at ocean beach and look nearly identical to the Snowy plovers. The plovers need to build up fat reserves while at ocean beach and are more sedentary higher on the dunes, being alarmed by humans, or chased by dogs can prevent this. The nestled plovers camouflage into the dunes so as not to be seen by birds of prey above. This quality of being hard to see and low lying makes them vulnerable to being stepped on in in the studio and on the beach.
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