Ian spent the Memorial weekend monitoring nesting bird disturbances by people, cars, or predators at Plymouth Beach. The data he collected is useful for protecting the endangered species of Piping Plovers, shorebirds that have nested on this spit of land long before man showed up. There are 2 groups on Plymouth Beach, the people who feel they have the right to drive on the beach whenever they want to regardless of other people wanting to enjoy the beach free of cars; let their dogs run off leash running over the nests and birds ...and the conservation people. The Goldenrod Foundation is all about the survival of many nesting and migratory species, and about threats from human behavior to the beach’s ecosystem.
Joe and I visited this beautiful shoreline among a cluster of laughing gulls, Red Knots, Terns and Piping Plovers when we picked Ian up at the end of his work day.