Two western snowy plover chicks and their father were rescued near the Siltcoos Beach area on July 13. When discovered, the chicks were less than 10 days old. Their father, suffering severe injuries, had abandoned them. After weeks of rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, the birds were recently released near the same spot they were found.
Delighted to watch the trio skitter across the sand was a team of rescuers, working in concert to bring about the recovery of the tiny native shorebirds, listed as threatened under federal and state law.
“We have really great partnerships between the different agencies,” said Daniel Elbert, wildlife biologist from the Newport office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, just one of those witnessing the birds’ release. “That’s why our efforts have been so successful.”
Elbert anticipates another release soon in the Bandon area, where three chicks were recovered while hatching from a nest. In that case, both parents had disappeared from unknown causes. For the complete article see the 08-07-2013 issue.
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