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The small bird which lives exclusively on seaside areas has been endangered since 1985 in Canada.

The piping plover population is improving in Nova Scotia

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The piping plover is an endangered species in Canada.

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Efforts to protect Nova Scotia's piping plover population have been successful for the first time in 30 years, according to Birds Canada.

The national conservation organization reports that the province has exceeded its census target of 60 breeding pairs of piping plovers in 2023.

According to Sue Abbott, who oversees piping plover recovery programs in Nova Scotia for Birds Canada, this is an important step for the survival of the species.

We are so excited, she said. Many people, groups and volunteers have worked very hard for the recovery of the piping plover.

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For a full recovery, however, these numbers will need to be maintained for 15 years.

Although the current situation is encouraging in Nova Scotia, it is not is not the same for other surrounding regions, recalls Sue Abbott.

In Nova Scotia, the Coastal Protection Act — which regulates, among other things, permitted new coastal construction — was adopted in 2019. However, it must, to date, be promulgated and sanctioned. A process that some consider too long.

We hope that the Coastal Protection Act will be in force very soon, proclaims Sue Abbott.

She maintains that the law will greatly help protect beaches and ensure the health of dunes, the habitat of the piping plover.

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Posters inviting passers-by to exercise caution are installed on certain beaches in the Atlantic to promote the protection of the piping plover. (Archive photo)

But the general public also has its role to play in protecting this little bird, she continues.

It is important to be on the lookout for signs indicating the presence of the species in coastal areas, to keep dogs in leash and avoid driving off-road vehicles on beaches.

With information from CBC< /em>

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