Federales kill plovers to save plovers

Piping PloverJeanne Jackson, who grew up near the commercial beaches of New Jersey, brings an outsider’s perspective to the beach-access issues of the Outer Banks.

According to the consent decree limiting beach access, any signs of vandalism results in the limited area being extended by incrementally larger spaces with each incident. So far, five vandalisms have occurred involving no threat to plovers and no damage to the natural beach environment.

She also links to an article that references our own Island Free Press, which avers that [t]here are 21 documented ORV related plover deaths in the entire United States. Twenty of these were committed by federal vehicles.