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May 25 - Nest Update for LETE and SNPL

Hello Volunteers!

As of Tuesday we have 284 nests AND ONE CHICK!!! (photo attached) Expect a flush of chicks over the next few days and over the next several weeks. With chicks, we may also see some new predators show up, as well as the usual suspects. As always, please give me a call or text me if you see active predation. If you can get photos, even better since we need to show that it’s a repeat offender before we can take action. We are still seeing new nests being initiated along with courtship and mating, so the season looks like it may be a good one.

The other good news is that we have the first ever western snowy plover nest at Huntington State Beach! Discovered by our very own Doug Lithgow, it’s near tower 5 with 1 egg. It’s about a ¼ mile up coast from the tern preserve and delineated by wood sand fencing. If you guys have time and/or are interested, feel free to check it out and let me know what you see out there. We are worried about predators like gulls and crows once the egg hatches, so any information we can gather can help this nest’s success. Feel free to send me an email update if you find anything noteworthy. I’d like to know if you are seeing incubation as well.

Thanks all! Hope to see you out on the beach.

Lana Nguyen
Environmental Scientist
California State Parks

8471 North Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

949-201-0884 Cell

Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963