Wildlife officials to hold piping plover meetings


BATH/SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- Summer in Maine always means plenty of people heading to the beach.

An endangered visitor is also coming for some beach time, and state wildlife officials are working with coastal communities to make sure these visitors enjoy their stay.

The Maine Department of inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold meetings in Bath and Scarborough about the piping plover, an endangered bird who comes to Maine each summer to nest.

Officials said the birds have struggled to thrive because of the loss of habitat and a lack of undisturbed nesting sites.

Because piping plovers are an endangered species, cities and towns can be fined if there is any trouble for the birds.

Five years ago, Scarborough was fined after a dog killed a piping plover on a beach.

The meetings are scheduled for Wednesday at Bath City Hall and Thursday inside the Scarborough municipal offices.

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