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Piping Plover Beach Walk and Talk

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Come learn about the piping plover and what makes it so special, while taking a walk on Laudholm Beach!



To reserve your space, please email or call (207) 646-1555 x116.


  • Cost: Free with site admission



Photo credit: Kaiti Titherington, RCNWR

In 1981 there were only seven pairs of piping plovers in the entire state of Maine. After decades of hard work and dedication, in 2023 there was a record 157 pairs recorded! Come learn about this federally threatened and state endangered beach-nesting shorebird and what makes it so special. Helen Manning, a Biological Science Technician from Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, will lead an educational walk on the Wells Reserve’s Laudholm Beach to discuss the biology of the piping plover and the monitoring and management efforts that have helped this species begin to make a recovery.

About the Presenter

Helen Manning is a Biological Science Technician with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. She is in her fifth season of working with piping plovers in Maine, and her ninth season working with shorebirds, seabirds, and tidal-marsh birds in New England. In addition to research, Helen enjoys connecting people to nature and inspiring them to care about our feathered friends!

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