Since 2012, the Group has monitored 20 known or potential breeding sites on the North Fork (Town of Southold) for Piping Plover (Endangered in NYS) and Least Tern (Threatened in NYS). The N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has listed both as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Threats include shore hardening (bulkheads), beach raking, pets (dogs), predators (gulls), and climate change (sea level rise).
Group staff develops an annual management plan for the program, which is coordinated with biologists from DEC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program has five components:
Least tern (Sternula antillarum)
Piping plover (Charadrius melodus)