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Snowy Plovers are hatching in the Florida Panhandle

Snowy Plover Chick Florida Panhandle

                                                                                  Photo Raya Pruner ©

Some 250 pairs of snowy plovers breed each year on the beaches of Florida’s Panhandle.

Snowy Plover mother and chicks Florida panhandle beaches

                                                                                 Photo Raya Pruner

Snowy Plover chicks are up and running within hours of hatching, and capable of walking 5 kilometers within a week or two. They are very vulnerable to ghost crabs and more than half the chicks die in the first week.

Snowy Plover ephemeral pools Panhandle Florida

                                                                                 Photo Raya Pruner

Snowy plovers prefer to nest near isolated ephemeral tidal pools along the coast because these pools provide plenty of food for both the adults and young.

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