piping plover

Mike Stultz / RI DEM

After an unusual journey, a family of five piping plovers in Narragansett has made it safely to the beach.

Kaiti Titherington / USFWS

A pair of piping plovers is nesting at the Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, but their new home is in a peculiar spot. 

Piping Plovers Could Be Harder To Find This Summer

Jan 5, 2017
Joel Trick / USFWS / Creative Commons License

Bird lovers may see a lot less of the Piping Plover on beaches in Rhode Island and around New England this summer. The little black-and-white shorebirds’ winter habitat in the Bahamas was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last year, and that may have taken a heavy toll on the birds.

Piping Plovers were already considered threatened in Connecticut -- they’ve been hurt by shoreline development and careless beachgoers. But their winter vacation spot in the Bahamas has no human development, just thousands of other piping plovers from all over North America.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Department of Environmental Management has announced the closure of two areas in Charlestown; trails through East Beach and Ninigret Conservation Area. The trails are closed as of Tuesday, to protect Piping Plover nesting areas. 

The small shore bird is endangered and makes its home in the Ocean State.