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Maine Seeks Monitors to Manage Piping Plovers Along Coast

Elizabeth Truskowski
New York Department of Environmental Conservation via AP
In this July 26, 2015 photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, a piping plover and its chick walk along the shore of Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, N.Y.

Maine officials are looking to hire scientists to manage and monitor endangered birds that nest along the state’s coast.

Documents say the management and monitoring of piping plovers and least terns will cost about $178,000. The two birds are listed as endangered in Maine and considered by state authorities to be at risk of localized extinction.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it would need four to six biologists to monitor and manage the birds on 25 beaches between Ogunquit and Georgetown.

The program is expected to take place this year and next. The scientists will also conduct surveys of migratory shorebirds and map feeding and roosting areas.