STATES CHRONICLE – Many animal species are threatened due to climate change and human activity. However, some of the endangered populations have started recovering. The western snowy plover was spotted nesting on the shores of LA for the first time over the past 70 years.
Researchers discovered nests of the western snowy plover across Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Santa Monica Beach. They embraced this unexpected event with enthusiasm, but also with care. The endangered status of the bird asks for maximum protection, so researchers are now trying to help them build more nests and keep them safe.
Researchers take all the measures to protect the endangered population
Researchers asked beachgoers to give the birds enough space to build their nests and not disturb them. If they are scared off, the western snowy plovers might not find another safe place for nesting. They usually choose dry salt ponds and coastal beaches to build nests. These birds prefer wide areas on the beach, where they can see any approaching predators.
Once it finds a place it regards as safe, the western snowy plover will start mating and, then, settle in the area to raise the offspring. Researchers hope these efforts will help the endangered birds increase their population. The fact that they have made their comeback in the LA area is already encouraging.
More about the Western Snowy Plover
This rare shorebird is 6 inches tall and can be recognized by the dark spots on its back. The human activity, as well as the rapid loss of their habitat, has reduced the western snowy plover populations. In 1993, it was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Worldwide, there are less than 1,800 birds belonging to this species. This is why researchers are making such efforts to protect them and help them raise their offspring. However, finding the birds on these beaches again shows that they can adapt to almost any environment. Therefore, the future might not be so grim for the western snowy plover.
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