From the 12.12.12 issue
By Jack Durham
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input on how to protect the struggling snowy plover at Clam Beach, and this week will consult with the McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors.
Nancy Finley, field supervisors with the Arcata office of the Fish and Wildlife Service, is scheduled to give a presentation to the MCSD board at its meeting today, Dec. 12 at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
The snowy plover is a small shorebird that is federally listed as a threatened species. According to the USFWS, data shows that the leading cause of nest failure and chick loss is predation by ravens and crows.
The agency recently put forth a proposal to kill ravens and crows at Clam Beach. However, after public outcry, the agency rescinded its proposal.
The agency is now seeking other approaches to protect the plover.
“Input on how the district recommends we proceed with this issue would be very helpful,” the USFWS wrote in a memo to the MCSD board.