Correction: Snowy Plover Chick story

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. The state bans dogs from all active nesting areas.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Snowy plover chick hatches on Oregon beach

A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years

GILLIAN FLACCUS

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years and provides hope that a management plan for the federally threatened species is working, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The chick was the first hatchling spotted in the area along the state’s northern coast since the 1960s. Biologists spotted it around the Nehalam Spit using a viewing scope but have had a hard time getting a good picture because the tiny, fluffy chick is roughly the size of two cotton balls.

The news is a sign that a recovery plan developed by state wildlife officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making headway in its goal to return the tiny birds to their habitat along the length of the Oregon coast without banning humans from the beaches, said Chris Havel, a spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

There are a handful of established plover populations in southern Oregon, but plovers on the northern coast have had a harder time. California and Washington state also have management plans for the Western snowy plover.

“It’s hard not to get happy when you see … a little puff ball. Even the most hardened of us get a little maternal when we realize that something like this has worked and it worked in a place that we were managing and where we were ready for it to work,” Havel said.

The birds are listed as threatened under the…

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