NESTING SEASON IS HERE – California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover

March 2, 2009

Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office – March 2, 2009

NAVAL BASE CORONADO, Calif., — The Navy is asking the public to join in efforts to safeguard federally protected birds and their precious offspring now as nesting season begins on Naval Base Coronado beaches.

The California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover breeding seasons typically last from March through September and due to protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, the Navy is joining local authorities to ensure that people and pets do not harm or disturb the birds or their nesting areas on Navy beaches.

“We are working in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, local authorities and the public to protect the nesting areas, and to do all we can to ensure the bird’s survival and success while supporting our military mission,” said Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Capt. Tony Gaiani.

The NBC is asking beachgoers to stay on wet sand close to the waters edge on beach areas adjacent to the Naval Radio Receiving Facility and Silver Strand Training Complex found along the Silver Strand between the City of Imperial Beach, State Beach and the City of Coronado.

The Navy is also reminding citizens to ensure all dog walking takes place on Dog Beach in order to help support the NBC Environmental Department and conservation of the Western Snowy Plover and Least Tern habitat areas. The NBC Security Department will be patrolling NBC’s southern beaches to deter human and pet encounters with the birds during nesting season in an ongoing effort to promote stewardship and protection of all plants and animals in Navy areas.

For additional information please contact NBC Public Affairs at (619) 545-8136.

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