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by Richard Arterbury
The Western Snowy Plover is nesting on West Coast beaches and State Parks are closing down beaches in hope the Snowy Plover remains with their eggs and with high hopes for success rates for their young. About the Western Snowy Plover.
Official Status: Threatened, the Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act of Act of 1973 as threatened.
How Many Western Snowy Plover Shore Birds Remain?
There are an estimated 2,600 western snowy plovers along the Pacific coast.
Western snowy plovers eat invertebrates like crustaceans and mollusks, marine worms, along with insects.
Where do they live?
The western snowy plover is a threatened small shorebird, approximately the size of a sparrow. During the breeding season, March through September, plovers can be seen nesting along the shores, peninsulas, offshore islands, bays, estuaries, and rivers of the United States' Pacific Coast.
Map by Oregon State Parks
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