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Snowy Plovers Charm Visitors to Oregon Coast Aquarium

(Newport, Oregon) – It all began with a celebration on July 11, commemorating the opening of the latest exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. They are the aquarium’s latest additions in more ways than one: two of these seven adorable little snowy plover chicks hatched recently at the aquarium.

Now, their fuzzy little bodies are the apple of everyone’s eye who are passing through the aquarium, at the new, permanent Western Snowy Plover Exhibit.

Two of the four recently incubated and hatched at the Aquarium, which has been successful in past rehabilitation and release of western snowy plovers. In addition, two more rescued chicks have been brought in this week, and will be introduced into the exhibit when they are acclimated to the new environment. This means the exhibit is fully functioning as it was intended; to rehabilitate rescued plovers with the goal to release them back into their natural habitat. A total of seven birds will be part of the exhibit.

The snowy plover is a native shore bird that lives on the beach year-round. Recent counts indicate that only a total of about 150-200 birds remain on the entire coast of Oregon. The main reason for their declining population is loss of habitat. Snowy plovers need flat continuous areas of sand with no grass. They used to inhabit Oregon’s beaches up and down the coastline, but developments and beach grass have destroyed much of their habitat.

The new exhibit was designed and constructed in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Snowy Plover Working Team. The new exhibit informs the public about the threats facing the western snowy plover in Oregon and throughout the range, and provides the opportunity for the public to observe snowy plovers in a natural setting.

The goal of the exhibit is to educate and serve as a rehabilitation facility for abandoned or injured plovers. Aquarium Curator of Birds, Karen Anderson said she hopes the exhibit will introduce people to this remarkable bird and show how we can restore their dwindling population. “The birds do well when we give them a little room - they’re very resilient,” said Anderson, who has been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of several other snowy plovers in the past two years. These are success stories that Anderson cites as the impetus for an ongoing project to rescue and rehabilitate snowy plovers at the new exhibit.


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The new snowy plover exhibit is located in a sunny spot and is enclosed by a mesh that contains the birds, yet allows visitors to see them. “Aviculture is a useful tool in helping to restore the population,” said Anderson, who feels that with a little elbowroom for habitat and by increasing our awareness about the snowy plover, the population can make a recovery and once again inhabit their native beaches of Oregon. In an effort to reduce human disturbance to nesting snowy plovers and increase their population, seasonal restrictions are in place between March 15 and September 15 along the Oregon coast.

Oregon Coast Aquarium publicist Cindy Hanson offered up these suggestions on how the public can do to assist the plover population.

  • Keep your distance from signed nesting areas.
  • Leave your pets at home or keep them on a leash.
  • Carry your trash from the beach. Garbage attracts predators, like raccoons and crows that may prey on adults, eggs, and chicks.
  • Keep kites, balls and frisbees away from nesting areas. These items may frighten birds off their nests and separate the adults from the chicks.
  • Don't camp or build fires near nesting areas.
  • If you find a plover nest in an unprotected area notify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 541-867-4558

Land and wildlife managers strive to find a balance between wildlife conservation and human recreation on Oregon beaches. Beach restrictions are one of many management tools, along with habitat restoration and predator control, used by managing agencies for plover conservation. Collaborative efforts between federal, state and local agencies as well as public support make recovery of the western snowy plover an attainable goal.

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