Posted on April 13, 2017 by Andrew Mahoney

Don't miss out on your chance to attend the finale of Greenbelt's "State of Our Oceans" Lecture/Film Series as we conclude with a motivating lecture on "Protecting the Piping Plover".  

This event will complete the five-part ocean-themed series and by the end of this event, the overall goal of helping to better understand the health of our oceans and ocean ecosystems, and what can be done to help protect them for generations to come will hopefully be accomplished.

Join us on Thursday April 27th from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport, as Greenbelt's Director of Land Stewardship, Dave Rimmer, gives a presentation on the Piping Plover and why it is important to protect this endangered species. Dave Rimmer is an expert in the feild of shorebirds, and has completed extensive research on other migratory birds. Please make sure your RSVP if you plan on attending. 

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Dave will give a 60-minute presentation on Piping Plovers with specific emphasis on their background and habitat, the major threats they face, and what community members and society as a whole can do to help protect this species. Piping Plovers are an endangered species in Massachusetts, and this presentation will also discuss why it is crucial to help protect them each year. 

Not only is this an important topic, but it also hits close to home in this region. These tiny birds migrate up to the New England shoreline each spring to nest. There habitat and nesting sites are on sand dunes, and can probably be seen on your local beaches if you know what to look for! This will be an interactive presentation and the goal is for people to become more aware of Piping Plovers and what is threatening them, as well as to leave with an inspiration to help save this species. For more information about the event click here, or contact Andrew.

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