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Posted on November 18 at 5:01 p.m.
As a note. I work at the reserve. Of course the Great Horned Owls and Barn Owls are natural predators here, but the reason the plovers were being targeted was because the some of the great horned owls recently began roosting in the non-native eucs planted along the beach. These trees are much too tall to naturally withstand the strong winds and erosion and so have been slowly falling on their own. There should not be any trees that size that close to the plovers nesting site. The owls were simply using an unfair hunting advantage given to them by people.
These owls were removed from the reserve since owls are rather habitual and so they would begin to teach their young were to get the best vantage point to find the plovers. This has NOT been a problem in previous years, and so don't believe that the reserve has a no owl policy. And who hunts owls?? Ever heard of a trapper?
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Posted on March 30 at 10:40 p.m.
A plover's diet consists of small crustaceans, mollusks, marine worms, insects, and spiders, all of which would have a sky rocketing population and would take over the beaches without shorebirds to feed on them. Next time you're at the beach and don't have thousands of gnats and sand fleas jumping over you just thank the plovers :)
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