Today is Endangered Species Day, and coincidentally, I spent my morning looking out for some very special endangered birds right here in NYC. I have been spending some time volunteering with the NYC Plover Project especially as I am in the midst of a transitional point in my career.
There are less than 8,000 piping plovers left in the world. Less than 100 nest around NYC. New York City is a coastal city, 4 of its 5 boroughs are on islands (Brooklyn and Queens, get over it, geographically, you're Long Island -- just FYI it was very hard to not write the phonetical pronunciation "Lawng Eyeland"). Any who, we have habitat that these birds have used for nest sites, historically and they sure as heck need our help because since people have come along, they don't realize that these birds and other animals are here and how even just little actions like walking near a nest could be life or death for a plover, its future offspring, or chicks.
As always, I will share that the photos I take are zoomed in at 500mm and heavily cropped after the fact. When birds walk toward me I give them space.
|A female piping plover along the beach. These birds can practically be underfoot if you don't realize they exist. Their coloration is great camouflage, and it works too well!|
|I always wonder what little animals can see that larger animals, like us, cannot. They key in on tiny things and somehow eat it.|