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Aug 1, 2017

Dune buggies killing Snowy Plovers

Photo: Mike Thompson
The fight is on to save tiny beach birds from outdoor recreational vehicles, as the Centre for Biological Diversity is heading to court to save one of the most threatened shorebirds in North America, from being crushed by dune buggies.   Last week the Centre for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the California Department of  Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allowing ongoing deaths of Snowy Plovers at San Luis Obispo County's Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.   The white-and-tawny shorebirds are federally protected, but their population is still declining.   The state department isn't doing enough to protect plovers - as required by law - and last year alone, six of these charming little birds were found dead in vehicle tracks at Oceano Dunes.   "The sandy beaches and fragile dunes where plovers feed and breed must be protected", said centre scientist Ileene Anderson.   "Letting the dune buggies crush them isn't just illegal, it's indefensible".
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