Sandpipers & Shorelines
When you visit a shoreline in North America there's a good chance you'll see sandpipers, snowy plovers and other darling shoreline birds.
Did you know that beach wrack
, those piles of seaweed and grasses on the shore (often buzzing with bugs), is vital to their conservation? Wrack creates lots of food and supports a whole web of beach ecosystem, and beaches that are "groomed" to remove it have dramatically fewer birds, plants and other animals. About 40% of sandy beach species depend on wrack!
You can help shorelines by:
- leaving seaweed on the beach
- not chasing birds since it wastes their energy needed for survival
- staying distanced from nesting birds
- keeping dogs leashed on beaches
- not feeding birds, especially ravens, which are nest predators
- taking down driftwood sculptures, because they create unnatural perches for shorebird predators
- asking beach management to create no grooming zones and to hand groom instead of using nest-crushing heavy equipment as an alternative
Learn more at Point Blue... they have a beach pocket guide with more details.