Shorebird Protection Program

Sandy Hook’s relatively undisturbed dunes and beaches provide excellent habitat for endangered  beach-nesting birds including the least tern and piping plover.  Sandy Hook’s environment supports one-third of New Jersey’s piping plover population. By law, protecting endangered animals is a primary concern of the park rangers at Sandy Hook. 

Led by a permanent ranger, the shorebird management program is responsible for preventing nesting failures from March through August.  While the park is meeting staffing requirements mandated under the Endangered Species Act, private support and volunteers help to improve the success of the program.  Donated funds allow for the purchase of supplies and equipment.

Visit our home page to view the educational video produced by the Sandy Hook Foundation entitled "Preserving the Piping Plover; A Natural Partnership for Survival" to learn more.