Protecting the western snowy plover on local beaches

The threatened western snowy plover lays her eggs in a shallow scrape in the sand along the west coast. These camouflaged nests are barely visible, making the young very vulnerable to disturbance.

Visitors and residents on the Oregon Coast are playing a huge role in the recovery of western snowy plovers by respecting beach use restrictions during the March 15-Sept. 15 nesting season. Signs or ropes alert beachgoers to sensitive plover nesting areas and list specific restrictions for the area. In most cases, there are beaches without restrictions available to the public directly to the north or south of these managed more at

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