NATURE NOTES: Life’s a beach, especially if you’re a Wilson’s Plover

Mama J5 “Janet,” a Wilson’s plover, protects her day-old chicks.

I hope this article finds you safe and well. Despite the pandemic, the beach-nesting bird season is in full swing for the Wilson’s plover.

The Wilson’s plover is a shorebird that breeds on beaches along the Texas coast. Though it is not federally protected, it is certainly a species we should be concerned about due to its population decline. The Wilson’s plover is considered threatened and endangered in some parts of the country, but because the majority of the population nests in Texas, it is not protected by the state here.

Taylor Bennett, a Coastal Biologist for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology specializing in marine science. Learn more about the observatory at

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