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Rare, tiny shorebird nests on Los Angeles County beaches for first time in nearly 70 years
May 8, 2017
For the first time in nearly 70 years, western snowy plovers are nesting on Los Angeles County beaches.
The first nest was found on April 18 on Santa Monica State Beach, followed by discovery of a nest on Dockweiler State Beach on April 27, and two nests on Malibu Lagoon State Beach on April 28 and May 4. The nests were discovered by monitors with Los Angeles Audubon and The Bay Foundation.
Following their discovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) biologists installed small wire cages around each nest to protect the eggs from predators and human disturbance.