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Arctic Nesting Species Molting into Breeding Plumage

May 24, 2021
In addition to monitoring our beach-nesting birds, staff continues to conduct monthly shorebird surveys for all resident and migratory birds. Arctic nesting species such as this black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola), as well as ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres), and sanderlings (Calidris alba) are noticeably molting into their breeding plumages and getting ready for their long trips north.
Never chase birds and always try to walk around groups of resting and feeding birds. It is especially important this time of year not to disturb these birds as they need every bit of their energy to make that long trip.


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