Conservation Issues of the Ventana Chapter | monterey county
Public Outcry Over Threats to Snowy Plover Nests at Sand City Project Site
The California Coastal Commission’s recent conditional vote on April 10 for a mega condominium and resort project on the beach in Sand City has brought out protests from a wide range of community groups including school children. Just before the hearing, a new Western snowy plover nest with 2 eggs was found and identified by a wildlife biologist near the Project site. A few days later, the nest was reported to have 3 eggs and was being incubated. But by the first week in May, the Monterey County Weekly reported the nest, the 3 eggs and its stakes-and string-barrier around it had disappeared. Listed under the Endangered Species Act as Threatened, there is estimated to be only about 2200 birds remaining of this coastal population of Western snowy plover in California.
Here is a poem to the Snowy Plover written by fifth grader, Caroline: