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Western Snowy Plovers

On my last trip to Pescadero, I saw Snowy Plovers.  They look like a lot of other plovers in their non-breeding plumage, but no less adorable.



There were two of them on the beach and they were extremely suspicious of me.



Their numbers are diminishing because they breed along the coastal shore where assholes like to drive their vehicles on the sand.  There are fewer than 2,000 Western Snowy Plovers in all of California.  They’ve put aside land in California for breeding and I’ve seen areas where they cordon off areas, but people should still be mindful and stop their children and dogs from running in those areas.



2 Responses to “Western Snowy Plovers”

  1. Tiffany says:

    One of my favorite birds! So glad you got to see them.

    I’ve done volunteer work at nesting sites through Department of Fish and Game. People with off leash dogs is a problem here, so volunteers set up booths at nesting sites, to inform people. But some asshats, still don’t listen. Sorry that I sound so coarse, but I’m getting pretty down on dog owners lately.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m with you 100%. Unleashed dogs on the beach are not cool. It’s also not cool in the city where I frequently see dogs almost die by jumping into traffic because their owner thought it would be a good idea to let them run free during rush hour. I also saw a cat leisurely walking in between moving cars this morning and he didn’t even have a collar. WTH people?