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Vandals Disrupt Rare Bird Nesting Sites In Southern Maine

Courtesy Maine Audubon
A piping plover.

SACO, Maine - State and federal authorities are investigating two cases of vandalism of nesting enclosures that are designed to help rare shorebirds in Maine. The Maine Warden Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating two separate cases of the vandalism in Saco and Old Orchard Beach. The vandals disrupted enclosures that help the piping plover, which is listed as endangered in Maine and threatened nationally.

Nesting enclosures were vandalized in the middle of the night on July 4 near Goosefare Brook in Saco. The second act of vandalism also happened in the middle of the night on July 4.