These Who Destroyed Shorebird Egg At Gateway Nationwide Recreation Space

Closeup of destroyed American oystercatcher egg Kathryn McCabe/USFWS

A $5,000 reward is being supplied for info that results in the conviction of those that destroyed an American oystercatcher egg at Gateway Nationwide Recreation Space in New York.

American oystercatchers are protected beneath the federal Migratory Chicken Treaty Act. Most penalties beneath this act are $15,000 and/or as much as six months imprisonment for the take of every egg. Whereas the date and time of the incident is unknown, the destroyed egg(s) had been found on July 6 at roughly 6 p.m. Jap. Anybody with details about the incident is requested to contact both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Particular Agent Kathryn McCabe at (516) 318-7383; the NPS Jamaica Bay Unit 24-hour dispatch at (718) 354-4700; or 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

The USFWS is providing a reward of as much as $5,000 to eligible people for info that considerably furthers the investigations and/or results in enforcement actions for individuals liable for the next situations of the destruction of eggs and nests of American oystercatcher and piping plover in New York Metropolis and Lengthy Island this breeding season:

  • Between 1 p.m. Could 13 and 10 a.m. Could 15, 2022, roughly 57 American oystercatcher eggs and 4 piping plover eggs had been taken from their nests between Seaside 38 and Seaside 57 on a New York Metropolis Parks ocean seashore in Arverne, Queens. A blue hooded sweatshirt with a star sample was found on the web site subsequent to damaged American oystercatcher eggshells.

  • On Could 15, one lifeless piping plover grownup was discovered at Seaside 47 on the identical New York Metropolis Parks ocean seashore in Arverne, Queens.

  • On or about Could 20, two American oystercatcher nests had been tampered with at Seaside 64 in Arverne, Queens.

  • Between Could 23 and 24, a piping plover nest and the encompassing predator exclosure had been deliberately destroyed on a New York State Parks ocean seashore at Robert Moses State Park in Babylon.

  • On June 11, protecting fencing was destroyed, and people had been noticed putting in tents inside piping plover breeding areas at Seaside 56.5 in Arverne, Queens. Three (3) piping plover eggs had been lacking from a nest after this occasion.

  • Between June 11 and 14, two piping plover nests and predator exclosures had been deliberately destroyed on a New York State Parks ocean seashore at Jones Seaside State Park in Wantagh.

  • On June 26, unleashed canines had been noticed and eggs from a piping plover nest had been taken inside protected piping plover breeding areas on an ocean seashore within the City of Southampton, simply east of the Shinnecock East County Park. 

The piping plover is protected as a threatened species beneath the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Most penalties beneath the Endangered Species Act are a positive of $25,000 and/or imprisonment of as much as six months for the take of every egg or particular person hen. Anybody with details about these incidents are requested to contact USFWS Particular Agent Kathryn McCabe at 516-825-3950, or 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

How You Can Assist Shorebirds

With ever-growing calls for on the nation’s seashores, there are fewer locations for shorebirds like American oystercatcher and piping plover to boost households, feed, and relaxation. The USFWS and NPS work with companions to guard and restoration these species on private and non-private lands, however the public may help too by conserving the wants of shorebirds in thoughts when visiting the shore. Listed here are 5 methods to make the seashore extra welcoming for birds:

1. Comply with all posted guidelines. By respecting posted areas, figuring out what you possibly can and can’t do on the particular seashore you might be visiting, and understanding that seashores are birds’ houses, you possibly can assist maintain them secure.

2. Give birds house. Flushing birds when they’re making an attempt to eat or relaxation stresses them out and prevents them from feeding their chicks or refueling for his or her lengthy flights.

3. Comply with posted guidelines about conserving canines on leash. Even good canines frighten seashore birds. A curious canine may by chance harm a hen.

4. Don’t go away trash on the seashore, together with meals waste. It attracts predators, like raccoons, that prey on chicks and eggs.

5. Don’t feed birds. Gulls specifically are drawn to your lunch. Our meals will not be a part of their pure food regimen, and extra gulls can enhance disturbance to among the imperiled species that want safety.


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