#Repost @hunt0382 (@get_repost) ・・・ The last two weeks of fieldwork have been fantastic! A huge thanks to the @vtshorebirds Fire Island crew for showing me around, answering my (many) questions, and sharing your adorable chicks with me. #vtshorebirds #pipingplover #fieldwork
Just before they fledge, we attempt to capture banded chicks. We use that data to assess the quality of different habitats and to understand the factors affecting their survival. Today, we successfully recaptured our first of many broods this season. We are happy to report that these 2 birds are doing well and appear to be plump and healthy.
#Repost @alaskan_wilds_and_a_girl ・・・ Meet Green Flag U9L, 20 day old Piping Plover chick, likes long walks on the bay, sports cars, and a late-night foraging. #birdnerd #chick #ornithology #conservationbiology #sportscars #newyork #birds #shorebirds #science #womeninscience #forscience
We use ATVs to transport ourselves and gear at many of our sites. During the nesting and brood-rearing season, however, we walk in front of the vehicle to ensure there aren't any of our feathered friends or their eggs in our path. Remember to always watch your feet when you're at the beach! You never know what you might find.
Windy day here on Fire Island!
Scoping for chicks before we move in to capture them. This brood is about 3 days old, and we needed to recapture them to band their 4th brood mate. All were captured, measured, and released quickly, and they are safely back with their parents.
One of our tasks is to watch young plovers to determine their feeding rates and behaviors in various habitats and in the presence of potential disturbances. Here our biologists watch as 1 day old plover chicks make their way through a planted dune on Fire Island National Seashore.
Nothing like an early morning boat ride to start the day. Our teams are out on the Great South Bay in Long Island, working with Federal, State, and County partners to conserve shorebirds on some of our busiest beaches.