This calls for a celebration:
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge had a record year for number of nesting piping plovers in 2012.
27 pairs fledged 39 chicks. Not only is that excellent "productivity", but that's also a record number of nesting pairs. The previous high for nesting pairs was 21 in 1995 according to biological staff. I remember when I thought 19 nesting pairs was awesome.
This is all the more amazing given the June 3 storm with the enormous high tide that wiped out nests and killed some chicks.
Another amazing thing is that those extremely late chicks I was worrying about at the north end of the beach actually fledged.
This news definitely calls for a celebratory coffee at PICR.