Solving the Piping Plover Puzzle
Piping plovers are famous summer residents of beaches and lakeshores--the most adorable argument against development and reckless recreation. Yet where many spend the winter has long been a mystery. Until now.
Shortly thereafter, BirdLife International, a global coalition of organizations from more than 100 countries, declared the Joulter Cays an Important Bird Area, signifying that the site's habitat is essential for one or more bird species. Perhaps the pristine beaches and sandbars, turquoise waters, and food-rich mudflats will remain untouched, lost in time. "The Joulters," after all, jokes Jeffery, "are right in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle."
*The story has been corrected to correctly identify the Bahamas National Trust as an NGO.
This story originally ran in the November-December 2012 issue as "The Plover Platoon."