Snowy plover at Gearhart beach

These two western snowy plovers were seen on the sand in Gearhart Wednesday.

Photographer and bird-watcher John Green got a glimpse of this pair of western snowy plovers at the Gearhart beach Tuesday. In 2013, the City Council agreed to assist the state in developing a shorebird conservation area meant to help the recovery of the threatened species and enhance the habitat for other shorebirds.

In May, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced the first hatchling in 50 years in that area. Several days later three chicks hatched at the Sitka Sedge Natural Area near Pacific City.

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