|Piping Plover chicks at Old Orchard Beach - click to enlarge|
Photo: Shawn Patrick Ouellette Portland Press Herald
Last year a dog running loose (under voice command, allegedly) killed two chicks and destroyed a nest in Scarborough and the lawsuits and proposals started flying. The dogs are no longer allowed off leash on a beach and the protections are working. This year Maine has 50 nesting pairs and the chicks are given a chance to grow, like the two in the photo.
|Wildlife Biologist Randy Cross with Big John - click|
Photo: John Wood Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife