Piping Plovers Are Back

Here is a report from Kelly Risotto of Land Use Environmental Services on early Piping Plover sightings. If you are walking the beach and see plovers, please give Kelly a call and tell her where and when you spotted them. Also, if you see any symbolic fencing that has been knocked  down please stand it up again. Thanks.

I wanted to give everyone an update on piping plover activity Land Use has observed on Fire Island.  I will try to get an email out every Friday to this effect for the rest of the season, as an FYI to keep everyone informed.  Our first plover observations occurred during monitoring on April 7th, and continue through today, as follows:

Community Date Time # Adults Nest ID Location Notes
Saltaire 4/7/2011 11:45 2 Beacon Walk (incinerator)

both foraging at upper end of intertidal zone

Atlantique 4/7/2011 11:55 1

foraging at upper end of intertidal zone

FI Summer Club 4/7/2011 12:00 1 East Walk (near 2010 nest site)

foraging at upper end of intertidal zone

Cherry Grove 4/7/2011 12:45 2

west end of community

foraging at upper end of intertidal zone

FI Pines 4/7/2011 13:00 3
Blue Point Beach 4/7/2011 13:30 1
Kismet 4/11/2011 9:00 2

several hundred feet west of cut

FI Summer Club 4/11/2011 9:30 1

west end of community

Point O'Woods 4/11/2011 10:00 2

east end of community

Ocean Beach 4/15/2011 11:40 3 500' east of groins

foraging in tidal pool w/ pair of sanderlings

Point O'Woods 4/15/2011 11:50 2

east end of community, near S 11th St.

mid-upper beach, no sign of scrape or nest

FIIS property 4/15/2011 12:15 1

midway between Cherry Grove and FI Pines

foraging in intertidal zone

Davis Park 4/15/2011 12:30 1

midway between Windward and Leeward Walks, Ocean Ridge

foraging in intertidal zone

We have not observed any courting behavior or indications of nesting.

Plover fencing is up as described in previous emails for all reaches except the Western FI reach (Saltaire-Lonelyville).  Fence in that reach was damaged/destroyed by the storms the last couple of weeks, and the beach has not built up enough yet for us to replace it without risk of losing more materials.  We hope the beach builds enough over the next week or so to allow reinstallation of that fence, as well as other community areas that currently have no fence.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments on the above.

Cheers,
Kelly Risotto, Senior Ecologist
Land Use Ecological Services, Inc.
570 Expressway Drive South, Suite 2F, Medford, NY 11763
Tel. 631-727-2400 Ext. 302
Fax. 631-727-2605
Mobile 631-764-7983

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