Gearhart, state parks working on shorebird plan

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 8:02 AM

GEARHART, Ore. (AP) — The city of Gearhart and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are developing a Shorebird Conservation Area on the Necanicum (nee-KAN-i-kuhm) Spit.

The conservation area is meant to aid the recovery of the threatened western snowy plover and enhance the habitat for other shorebirds.

The 19-acre property owned by the parks department is north of the mouth of the Necanicum River.

The Daily Astorian (http://is.gd/JZPIbh ) reports that Gearhart city council asked the parks department this week for more information about signage, enforcement obligations by the city and the state park ranger and whether an area for beachgoers to observe shorebirds can be established.

During migration, sandpipers, semipalmated plovers, whimbrels and long-billed curlews forage and rest on the flats of the estuary on their way to the Arctic or South America.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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