Pity the poor Piping Plover

 The Piping Plovber's new peril

The Town of Orleans wants to apply for a special Federal Permit which will allow "limited takes", a.k.a. killings, of Piping Plovers next May on Nauset Beach.

A story in the December 15, 2006 Cape Cod Times stated, "...Orleans Parks and beaches superintendent Paul Fulcher told the Times this week that he can't think of any other way for greater management flexibility than applying for a federal Section 10 permit. Such a permit, if granted, would allow local officials to come up with alternative plover management strategies that would avoid blocking ORV drivers from the beach. Limited 'incidental takes', such as the killing or harassment of a certain number of birds, could be allowed. That's if local officials can convince federal authorities that plovers would still thrive...

The irony may be that by the time Cape Codders get through  killing  shore birds on land, there may be none left to fly into wind turbines offshore.

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