As you get out and enjoy the pleasures of summer, there’s are some things you may want to proceed with caution on.
Too much sun is one thing, but birds under your feet is another things.
Saskatchewan is a hotbed for piping plovers, as well as an endangered species.
Nature Saskatchewan is asking people to watch out for them. Spokeswoman with the organization Rebecca Magnus said with the birds light brown colour, they tend to blend into their surroundings.
“The young, once they hatch, they have to go down to the shoreline, right from day one,” she said.
Magnus noted for their first two weeks of life, piping plover hatchlings aren’t very tall in stature, only measuring about an inch in height, therefore making it easy for them to get caught in footprints ruts left in soft ground.
“For the first two weeks, they can’t fly, so we want to give the best chance that we can,” she said.
Magnus said only about 800 of the birds end up returning to Saskatchewan after their migration.
(CJWW with files from CKRM’s David Boles)