Piping Plover Monitoring and Management on Fire Island
Two federally listed threatened and endangered (T & E) bird species have been known to nest within Fire Island National Seashore. The most notable is the piping plover (Charadrius melodus), a small, stocky migratory shorebird on the federal threatened and New York State endangered species lists.
Share the Beach from March 15 through Labor Day
Fire Island National Seashore's annual piping plover monitoring and protection program begins in March with restrictions on driving, pets and kites on portions of ocean beaches.
Steer Clear of "Symbolic" or String Fencing
By mid-August, most piping plover nesting activity has ceased on Fire Island and the birds fly south for the winter.
After the chicks have fledged, restrictions on pets and kites are lifted, but the symbolic fencing is left in place for the protection of seabeach amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus) and seabeach knotweed (Polygonum glaucum) plants.
Help Protect Threatened and Endangered Species