I took some photos of Piping Plover chicks at Milford Point this weekend during our monitoring and surveying efforts and I wanted to share some. These are the little ones we at CAS work 12+ hours a day for seven days a week.
At the Coastal Center and adjacent beaches we started off Memorial Day weekend with one family of four chicks, hatched another four, and then hatched another three, totaling 11 little ones running around with another couple of nests to go. This is one of the most productive areas in the state for the federally-listed species, though also one of the most heavily trafficked. CAS staff kept a close eye on them all weekend from nearly dawn to dusk, and even into the night with one of our technicians living at Milford Point. They are doing as well as can be expected thus far, but they still need our constant attention and the assistance of our all wonderful volunteers.
photos © Scott Kruitbosch and not to be reproduced without explicit