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Don’t forget that birders also flock to beaches

Re “Move over, plover; beach is for people”: Massachusetts has, in addition to those who love to swim, a large and growing number of birders. They flock to Revere and Winthrop not to splash in the water but to see the piping plovers.

Considerable portions of both beaches remain open to the public, and the fenced-off areas will reopen in July, in time for most of the summer.


While 650 pairs of birds may sound like a large number, it is not, given the number of predators and natural hazards the birds face.

People should enjoy these beautiful birds, rather than looking for ways to push them aside.

Margaret L. Rhodes


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