Are you listening, Radical Ed? This is the kind of stuff folks need to be aware of, who honestly don't understand the Hatteras situation. There are ways to actually help the birds recover from being threatened, endangered, etc. What they are doing on Hatteras is far, far from it. Also take into consideration that Hatteras is on the extreme edge of breeding habitat for species like the piping plover. There is another side to this story that many folks choose to conveniently overlook.
You left out the part about the combination of "federal, state and provincial agencies, nonprofits, university researchers, tribes and dozens and dozens of regular folks who volunteer". And the part about the "remote and undeveloped dunes and beaches" and the refuges and the words private donations. And I don't see a word about ORVs driving in these areas. I do see things like stay on the trails and the habitat is easily damaged.
A big part of the problem is perception.The Outer Banks is not a particularly well suited breeding ground for PPs. As you can see, it's at the very southern end of their breeding range.Even with Herculean efforts, the breeding population of +/- 12 pairs has just barely held its own over the last decade despite the intervention of well meaning people.The population is not endangered, and the population is increasing. Not closing large sections of CHNSRA will not doom the species to extinction. Look at the large breeding areas in the Midwest. Look at the Great Lakes population expanding. It was only about 25 years ago the population expanded onto the Outer Banks. This is not one of their historical nesting grounds.The Unholy Trinity maintain that breeding pairs must be isolated from all human contact. There is no scientific evidence for this, and it is contrary to practices in other areas where nests are relocated by wildlife personnel. Some observations in NJ suggest that PPs seek out nesting sites near humans to deter predators. One pair even built a nest in the middle of a dune walkover.Click to follow link...As folks have pointed out before, this isn't about the birds. There is plenty of documentation about the underlying agenda elsewhere.As a former supervisory environmental engineer with the federal government, I can say that this is one of the worst examples of tree hugging I've ever seen, ranking up there with the spotted owl fiasco, that has been thoroughly debunked.NPS has been unable to produce any peer reviewed studies to back up their practices. All they've said was that somebody way back when thought it was a good idea.
Rob, your map doesn't have the piping plovers nesting in Indiana. What I found is that they haven't nested here since the early 1900's, but an area of beach in porter county is listed as a critical habitat for them.
Ok, I don't think I said anything about orv access or any access..What I believe I post was that. " In 2011, this plover came from a nest that was abandoned at Dimmick's Point on North Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. The nest was abandoned when its mother was likely predated by a Merlin. The eggs were brought to the Salvage Captive Rearing Center where they were incubated and the chicks raised until they could fly on their own. They were then released back into the wild. "The nest was in sleeping bear dunes, part of the national park service, then taken to the rearing center. Did not say the rearing center was part of the park service, just that up there they the park service is trying to do more to keep the species going. Yes here are private, state, local etc. groups also involved in the Great Lakes piping plover group. My point is actually mute and not understood or am I here to argue, just to give an example of more that could be done by the group at chns.
Thanks for singling me out by name, Bluejay.So I guess the only alternative would to let all of the ORV's back on and let it be "business as usual" since the birds are screwed, eh?If that's not the case, why single me out? Explain your plan to help the species proliferate. I'm listening.