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Hampton Beach fireworks postponed due to nesting piping plovers

Hampton Beach fireworks postponed due to nesting piping plovers

Fireworks shows in Hampton Beach are suspended for a few weeks, including Sunday nights due to an endangered bird species. The birds are called “piping plovers”. This is a rare, federally endangered species that only nests on sandy beaches like Hampton Beach and Seabrook. Officials told News 9 that there are record numbers of plovers nesting right now, so it’s important for beachgoers to keep an eye out and keep their distance. Only 2,000 pairs of birds nest each year. This year, there are 16 pairs of Piping Plovers nesting in New Hampshire, which is a record. Brendan Clifford, wildlife biologist at New Hampshire Fish and Game, said they typically nest in dunes or dune grass. However, when the beaches were cleared due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the birds began to nest in more open areas which authorities have now cordoned off. “It’s a big conservation effort that we have, we use a lot of volunteers, we use a lot of community outreach,” Clifford said. “The more support we have for the plovers, the better. Word of mouth is really what works best.” Although there are plenty of volunteers waiting to help with conservation efforts, Clifford said that the public also needed to give space to the birds. The sooner the birds feed, the sooner they leave, and regular beach activities can resume. “We do our best to accommodate people, but we also have to accommodate the birds and fireworks were going to be too close to the nest. this year,” Clifford said. The first nest hatched on Saturday. “We’re just lucky I think to have plovers in the area, to have them in Hampton Beach it’s something special and a missed fireworks night I think is worth it “said John, a beachgoer visiting for the weekend. Clifford said you should try to keep your pets away if you find yourself near a nest and said most birds should hatch by the end of June.

Fireworks shows in Hampton Beach are suspended for a few weeks, including Sunday night due to an endangered bird species.

The birds are called “Piping Plovers”. It is a rare, federally endangered species that only nests on sandy beaches such as Hampton Beach and Seabrook.

Officials told News 9 that there are record numbers of plovers nesting at the moment, so it’s important that swimmers keep an eye out and keep their distance.

Only 2,000 pairs of birds nest each year.

This year, 16 Piping Plover pairs nest in New Hampshire, which is a record.

Brendan Clifford, wildlife biologist at New Hampshire Fish and Game, said they typically nest in dunes or dune grass. However, when the beaches were cleared due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the birds began to nest in more open areas which authorities have now cordoned off.

“It’s a big conservation effort that we have, we use a lot of volunteers, we use a lot of community outreach,” Clifford said. “The more support we have for plovers, the better. Word of mouth is really what works best.

While there are plenty of volunteers waiting to help with conservation efforts, Clifford said the public should also give the birds space.

The faster the birds feed, the faster they leave, and regular beach activities can resume.

“We do our best to accommodate people, but we also have to accommodate birds and the fireworks were going to be too close to the nest this year,” Clifford said.

The first nest hatched on Saturday.

“We’re just lucky I think to have plovers in the area, to have them in Hampton Beach it’s something special and a missed fireworks night I think is worth it “said John, a beachgoer visiting for the weekend.

Clifford said you should try to keep your pets away if you find yourself near a nest and said most birds should hatch by the end of June.