2009-04-24 / Community

Edgemere Beach Home To Endangered Plovers

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation sponsored its annual "Plover Day," last week to highlight the plight of the tiny, endangered bird.

As part of the event, rangers, conducted a tour of the Beach 38 Street beachfront, which is a nesting ground for several endangered species of birds.

The beach in that area is a nesting ground not only for Piping Plovers, but for Least Terns, Skimmers and Oyster Catchers, who have chosen this location to nest and mate.

The rangers explained that the birds like this particular area because they can "blend in" with the natural environment (broken shells, drift wood, etc.)

The birds sometimes use the sand dunes as protection from inclement weather and possible predators. Photographs by Laura Deckelman.

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