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...hooves. Native fiddler crabs can't burrow into overly trampled sand. And shorebirds, including the federally listed piping plover, found their nests at risk whenever the horses sought refuge from the biting flies on the bay side of the island in the summer...

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Outdoors
Homer count notes record number of birds

...Birders also spotted a short-eared owl and black-bellied plover, which occur here but are rare this time of year. Like these...sparrow on McLay Road; and a white-throated sparrow on Golden Plover Drive off Bear Creek Road. "This is a really strong historical...

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Refuge Notebook: Season's change sends some animals packing

...these birds chose to avoid the same wind that encouraged the raven's play. An evening walk around the same time as the plover's southern flight revealed more winged animals taking flight. Little brown bats swooped and soared over waterways, picking...

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Outdoors
Northwest Forest Pass here to stay -- for now

...people visiting a forest or park for reasons other than recreation. Siart said she was there to do research on the Western snowy plover, a small threatened shorebird. But Coffin decided there's no way to determine who is recreating and who isn't. A bigger...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/013102/out_013102out0020001.shtml
Outdoors
Birding festivals take wing

...just because the are common doesn?t mean they?re not impressive. ?If you haven?t ever seen a black-bellied plover, they?re striking,? he said. There is always a chance of getting a more unusual sighting during the field forays...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/051107/outdoors_0511out002.shtml
Outdoors
Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper -

...Predator control helps threatened snowy plovers GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) For the second year in a row, the Western snowy plover has had a strong nesting season on Oregon beaches, in large part due to wildlife managers killing the foxes, crows and ravens...

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