[CT Birds] Plovers and photographers

Milan Bull mbull at ctaudubon.org
Thu Jul 24 14:45:56 EDT 2008

Although the nesting season is about over for piping plovers, several observers noticed photographers setting up equipment adjacent to the exclosures this past year with camera lenses even poking through the fencing in an effort to get the best shot possible.  This resulted in stressing the adults and causing them to temporarily abandon incubation.  With all the natural stresses of beach and dog walkers, sunbathers and beer parties, etc. (some people even used the exclosure netting as beer can holders!), the birds need as much time at the nest as possible and it is critical to avoid pushing them off the nest, no matter how well-intentioned the photographer may be.
The Piping Plover Recovery Team recommends a minimum of a 50 meter buffer be kept around the exclosures at all times while the nests are active.  Please pass this along to friends and photographers.  Thanks!

Milan G. Bull

Senior Director of Science and Conservation

Connecticut Audubon Society

2325 Burr St.

Fairfield, CT 06824


mbull at ctaudubon.org

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