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Snowy plover nesting means beach restrictions

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

Snowy plover nesting season began yesterday along the southern Oregon coast. (ODFW photo)

SOUTHERN OREGON COAST The nesting season for the western snowy plover, a small shorebird that lays its eggs and raises it young in the open dry sand, began on area beaches yesterday and continues through Sept. 15.

Some area beaches have access and recreational restrictions in place during this time to help protect the nests, eggs and chicks of these threatened birds.

Signs and ropes have been posted to mark snowy plover nesting areas. In the nesting areas, beachgoers will only have access to the wet sand portion of the beach; dry sand access will be closed. ATV use, dog walking and kite flying is also restricted on some beaches.

The dry sand closures will be in effect at Sutton Beach, Siltcoos Estuary, Oregon Dunes Day Use, Tahkenitch Estuary, Tenmile Estuary (northern Coos County), the North Spit of Coos Bay, Bandon Beach State Natural Area, and New River area beaches.

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