Piping plovers are familiar to many beach goers on the Atlantic Coast. At Cape LookoutNational Seashore, our biologists collaborate with NPS biologists to study local and regional demography of these birds. Specifically we are investigating the effects of habitat change, food availability, and human recreation on plover physiology and populations on the outer banks.
Today our team began banding terns nesting on the South Island of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. This common tern (Sterna hirundo) obliged by entering a passive, walk-in trap that we placed on it’s nest. We will use these markers to track their movements throughout the region over the next few years. Stay tuned for more information about Virginia’s colonial waterbirds throughout the summer!
Early-season piping plover monitoring on Fire Island, NY. In a month of wind, rain, and cold, we're happy to have a glimpse of sun, blue skies, and of course...returning plovers!
Wrapping up day 1 of #AOS18. Great job by all the speakers. Special shout out to @hunt0382 and Dan Gibson, @vtshorebirds biologists, for their outstanding presentations today.
Good morning South Carolina. Trapping with SC DNR to track movements of Dunlin and Semipalmated plovers on their northward journey to breeding grounds.
Our team is packing up on this crisp Blacksburg morning. Headed to coastal Georgia to survey and trap. Our biologists are studying the effects of hurricanes and human disturbance on wintering piping plovers on beaches on the southeast Atlantic Coast. These beaches are integral as birds rest and refuel there. When you visit the beach, help us conserve shorebirds - give them the room they need!
Some of our biologists spent the week with the USFWS and the USACE planning for conservation on Long Island’s south shore. The @vtshorebirds program aims to provide resource managers with information integral to the planning and execution of coastal management for shorebirds through our research.
Spent a great morning on the beach with @capehatterasnps and @ncwildlife discussing habitat restoration and piping plovers. Thanks to all that participated and for having us along!