Kiah Walker’s Piping Plover Report – 5/22/2020

“My name is Kiah, and I’m a new Biological Science Technician at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. I previously worked at the Refuge in 2018, so I’ve already met a lot of you, and I look forward to meeting and working with the rest of you in the future.”
“I’m writing with a plover update: we finally have plover nests! I’ve found thirteen nests in total. Most of the nests are in the dunes, so they aren’t susceptible to overwash, and predators are less likely to find them as well. One pair even decided to self-exclose by nesting inside an old lobster trap. In total, I think we have at least 24 pairs of plovers and a handful of single adults. Least terns are also starting to hang around, mostly on the northern end of the beach.”

“I hope you’re all staying well.”


2 responses to “Kiah Walker’s Piping Plover Report – 5/22/2020”

  1. Saw lots of people using beach This past weekend past big orange plover refuge Sign that says not to go past..Some were down all the way to 2nd park lot area.

    • Thank you, Kathleen! I have been a Plover Warden since 2004. Unfortunately, Volunteers are not allowed to be helping at the Refuge as of yet. When I read Kiah’s report I sent email to my friend who works for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and is in charge of the Refuge telling her I was ready to go back. At least I tried. I will send her your comment.

      Andy Griffith

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