Shelburne County beach gets cleaned up for piping plovers

Greg Bennett
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Volunteers came out on Sunday to clean up an important Shelburne County beach for piping plovers.

Over 150 pounds of garbage was cleaned from a key maritime coast to help endangered shorebirds yesterday in Nova Scotia.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Bird Studies Canada organized a beach restoration at the Johnston’s Pond Nature Reserve located in Shelburne County.

The site is on the Atlantic Ocean – and is an important nesting and breeding site for the piping plover, a national endangered species with less than 6,000 remaining in the world.

In addition to the debris that was picked up, volunteers hauled away over 20 lobster traps, some tires and a couch.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada will be working with the local municipality and the Department of Natural Resources to have the items transported and disposed of.

There are signs the migration of the endangered piping plover has started.   Crews spotted one of the little birds.

Piping Plovers are known to arrive very early in spring but this year’s heavy winter and the weather of the week previous made a sighting seem less likely for this past weekend.

The piping plovers typically arrive and try to breed up to 4 times between now and August before they head south to the Carolinas and the Gulf of Mexico.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Shelburne County, Canada, Nova Scotia Atlantic Ocean Gulf of Mexico

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