Shorebirds are nesting now on island beaches!
Please keep dogs leashed.
Dogs (even when well-behaved) pose a serious threat to the survival and success of endangered beach-nesting birds, so it is critical that dog owners respect local laws that restrict or prohibit the presence of dogs on beaches. Follow these guidelines to keep beach habitat and birds safe:
• Always keep dogs leashed and under control.
• Walk dogs at the water’s edge, away from nesting areas.
• Mind all fencing (twine and post) that delineates habitat and feeding areas. Even if you don’t see the birds, they may be camouflaged or hiding in the dune grass.
• Carry in – carry home. Trash left behind on the beach attracts predators.
• Abide by property, town, county, and state regulations.
• Become an advocate for the protection of endangered shorebirds.
Please note: Several properties, such as Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and Polly Hill Arboretum, do not allow dogs at all. Please check ahead to make sure dogs are allowed at the property you plan to visit.
Piping plover photo by Lanny McDowell.