Every summer we share our beaches with threatened and endangered bird species like the piping plover and the least tern. In 1986, when plovers were listed as federally threatened, only 106 pairs nested on Long Island. In 2006, thanks to increased monitoring and better protection of their nesting areas, there were over 400 nesting pairs. But the birds are still at risk. Each year, they lose habitat, suffer losses from predation and experience disturbances from human activities.
For two decades, we have been successful in finding ways that people can enjoy our beaches and bays while coexisting peacefully with wildlife. Today, we are working to:
But we can't do it alone. Next time you're at the beach, remember to: