Green Guide

Rare birds to be protected on Maine beach to rebuild numbers

Posted May 17

— Maine wildlife authorities say they're taking steps to try to protect a pair of vulnerable bird populations at a popular state beach.

Popham Beach State Park is home to piping plovers and least terns, which are both on Maine's endangered species list. Piping plovers were once down to only seven nesting pairs in the state and rebounded to 66 last year.

Least terns once fell to just 39 in the early 1980s but have climbed to 200. The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says habitat loss and a lack of nesting sites remain problems for the birds.

The department says it has had success in the past by protecting nesting sites with temporary fencing. Staff and volunteers also monitor the nests to keep people and pets away.

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